Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority
926 S San Pedro Street
Las Cruces, Dona Ana County, NM


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Opening Soon

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on January 27th, 2016

Please note: The Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority covers Dona Ana County, NM.

The Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority (MVPHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is opening soon, from February 22, 2016 at 8:00 am, until February 25, 2016 at 3:00 pm MT. It was last open for one day only in June 2015, and prior to that in May 2013

Please note: According to the MVPHA, "Only IMMEDIATE family members may be on application."

To apply during the opening period, submit a pre-application at the MVPHA office, located at 926 S San Pedro Street, Las Cruces, NM 88001, from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm.

The following documents are required for all members of the household: Current driver's license, State ID, or permanent residence card (if 18+); certified birth certificate; current monthly income; current monthly expenses; current asset information.

There are no preferences.

Applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery. 

Important note: Applicants will receive a confirmation number when either applying, or being placed on the waiting list, depending on housing authority policy. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

If any of your application information changes from the time you submitted the original pre-application (such as contact information, income, and household members), inform the housing authority immediately. In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Please contact the housing authority to find out its policy on updating pre-application information.

For more information, visit the MVPHA website, or call the office at (575) 528-2000.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 3 projects which contain 248 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,607 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority is determined to be a Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 50 - 249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (13%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (87%) to that of all housing authorities in New Mexico, Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority has a smaller proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in New Mexico.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 2014)

SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.

From 2001 to 2009, Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority scored an average of 74 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 86 in 2008 and a low score of 38 in 2006. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in New Mexico is 67.03.

Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average New Mexico housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

Source President's Open Government Directive (, 2012)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority manages 2 rental properties which, as of the last set of publicly available data, have an average inspection score of 71. The scores for properties managed by Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority range from a high of 86 to a low of 56.

The highest scoring property in the Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority portfolio is Walnut Grove and the lowest scoring property is Scattered Site Acq..

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 50% of properties managed by Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority have a passing score.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 2014)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 6/2/11 Plan
2010 7/1/10 Plan
2006 3/16/07 Plan
2005 9/1/05 Plan
2004 12/28/04 Plan
2003 1/8/04 Plan
2002 3/17/03 Plan
2001 6/26/01 Plan
2000 9/8/00 Plan