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Albuquerque Housing Authority

1840 University Blvd SE
Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico 87106

Albuquerque Housing Authority is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), and Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) programs. As of June 12th, 2021, Albuquerque Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

Albuquerque Housing Authority serves Bernalillo County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
Albuquerque, New Mexico Housing Choice Voucher Open Now
The Commons at Martineztown Project-Based Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Albuquerque Housing Authority Public Housing Closed

Open Albuquerque Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Application methods may change, as well. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, you can contact the housing authority directly. Office operations may be different from usual, and it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Albuquerque Housing Authority Website: https://www.abqha.org/.

Albuquerque Housing Authority Phone: (505) 764-3920.

COVID-19 Update: As of May 31, 2020, the Albuquerque Housing Authority website says:

"Please note that in response to these unprecedented times, many our staff members are working remotely for an indefinite period.

Our team is still working their regular schedules and will reply as soon as possible. 

AHA offices remain closed to the public until further notice."

More information can be found here.

Open Now: Albuquerque, New Mexico Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Albuquerque Housing Authority (AHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. Applications are being accepted from June 1, 2021, until June 30, 2021 at 11:59 pm MT.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Please note: According to the AHA website, "AHA has free kiosks available to complete your pre-application. These terminals are available by appointment only, please call (505) 764-3953 or email update@abqha.org to schedule. Walk-ins will not be accepted."

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Terminated from AHA’s HCV program due to insufficient program funding
  • AHA will strive to offer 125 vouchers per calendar year to participants in transitional, rapid rehousing or permanent supportive housing programs that meet the following criteria will be eligible for this preference:
    • The supportive housing program serves people experiencing homelessness
    • The supportive housing program is located in the Albuquerque Housing Authority’s (AHA) service area
    • The supportive housing program is willing to provide a letter to AHA verifying the resident is a participant and is willing to assist the applicant with the Housing Choice Voucher Program application process
    • If possible, the supportive housing program will make a good faith effort to provide or provide linkages to case management or comprehensive community support services to the participant for at least 3 months after the participant enters the Housing Choice Voucher Program
    • At least 20% of the supportive housing program budget comes from local, state or federal government funding.
    • This second preference pool shall constitute a separate lottery pool in addition to the general pool. 

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the AHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the AHA public notice on May 25, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (505) 764-3953 or email update@abqha.org.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 06/03/2021.

Open Until Further Notice: The Commons at Martineztown Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Albuquerque Housing Authority (AHA) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for apartments at The Commons at Martineztown is currently open. Applications are being accepted from June 1, 2021, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Please note: According to the AHA website, "AHA has free kiosks available to complete your pre-application. These terminals are available by appointment only, please call (505) 764-3953 or email update@abqha.org to schedule. Walk-ins will not be accepted."

There are preferences, and they are listed on the application.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the AHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the AHA public notice on May 25, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (505) 764-3953 or email update@abqha.org.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 06/03/2021.

Other Albuquerque Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the 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 offers 1-5 Bedroom units for its Public Housing program.

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.

Last Updated on 05/15/2019.

About Albuquerque Housing Authority

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

Representatives of Albuquerque Housing Authority may be available by phone at (505) 764-3920. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of June 12th, 2021, it is not known if Albuquerque Housing Authority is processing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program

More information about the ABQHA Housing Choice Voucher Program can be found here.

Public Housing Program

More information about the ABQHA Public Housing Program can be found here.

Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV) Program

More information about ABQHA Project based Program can be found here.

Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program

More information about the ABQHA RAD Program can be found here.


About the Albuquerque Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Albuquerque Housing Authority manages 3,524 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2020:

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 3,093 6 55 231 139
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $553 $643 $915 $402 $497
Monthly Cost $1,711,646 $3,858 $50,315 $92,846 $69,029

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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Morris - Lafayette - 12th - Pa

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