Albuquerque Housing Authority

1840 University Blvd SE
Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico
(505) 764-3920

Open today from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Albuquerque Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Albuquerque, New Mexico that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs.

Albuquerque Housing Authority serves Albuquerque.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Albuquerque, New Mexico Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Public Housing Closed

Other Albuquerque Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Albuquerque, New Mexico Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Albuquerque Housing Authority (AHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for one month from March until April 2018. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: As of September, 2018, the AHA "How to Apply" page states "Pre-Applications for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Remain Restricted." This statement could be read that applications are being accepted for certain persons, but we confirmed with an AHA representative that the statement means the agency is not accepting Section 8 HCV applications.

To apply, applicants were required to complete the online application. The application was available in English and Spanish.

This waiting list had the following preference: Terminated from AHA's HCV program due to insufficient funding. The AHA will also offer 125 voucher per year to homeless participants of transitional, rapid rehousing, or permanent supportive housing programs that meet certain requirements. The supportive housing program must be located in AHA's service area; provide a letter to the AHA verifying they will assist the applicant to apply; make a good faith effort to provide support services for at least 3 months after the participant enters the HCV program; and have 20% of its budget come from local, state or federal funding.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the AHA website, or call the office at (505) 764-3920.

Last Updated on 09/24/2018.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

The Albuquerque Housing Authority (AHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. The waiting list for all bedroom sizes was last open for three months from September until November, 2018. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: The AHA offer 1-5 Bedroom units.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Elderly; Disabled; Employed and worked at least 1,040 hours in the past 12 months; Attending accredited educational institution for at least the past 12 months with at least six credit hours per semester.

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the AHA website here, or call the office at (505) 764-3920.

Last Updated on 11/15/2018.

About Albuquerque Housing Authority

More information about Albuquerque Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.abqha.org/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 09/24/2018, Albuquerque Housing Authority is absorbing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am-4:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am-4:00pm
Thursday 8:00am-4:00pm
Friday 8:00am-4:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

About the Albuquerque Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Albuquerque Housing Authority manages 3,722 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 3,295 7 60 216 144
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $535 $410 $748 $424 $488
Monthly Cost $1,762,005 $2,868 $44,907 $91,647 $70,258

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Albuquerque Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 11% having issued approximately 358 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 3 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 40 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.1 persons and has a household income of $12,258 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 72% were extremely low income (ELI). 22% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 73% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 46% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 27% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 26% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

37% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 33% of households with children have a female head of household. 72% of all households were headed by a female.

72% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 8% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Albuquerque Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 33% include at least one person with a disability. 53% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 77% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

40% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 31% with 2 bedrooms and 29% with 3 or more bedrooms. 15% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Albuquerque Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $295 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $601. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $78.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


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