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Albuquerque Housing Authority

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

Albuquerque Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Albuquerque, New Mexico that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV), and Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) programs.

Albuquerque Housing Authority serves Albuquerque.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Albuquerque, New Mexico Limited Housing Choice Voucher Postponed
Generations at West Mesa, 1, 2, and 3-Bedroom Project-Based Voucher Closed
Public Housing Closed

Open Albuquerque Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some upcoming waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, expect a long wait time (days or weeks) for a response.

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

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

COVID-19 Update: As of April 14, 2020, the Albuquerque Housing Authority website says:

"To comply with NM Governor’s order, AHA offices are closed and staff is working from home through April 30th, or until we get further instructions from the Governor."

More information can be found here.

Postponed: Albuquerque, New Mexico Limited Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Albuquerque Housing Authority (AHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently postponed. Applications were originally scheduled to be accepted from May 1, 2020, until May 31, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: The AHA website was updated to say that it "has postponed the acceptance of pre-applications for Section 8 HCV lottery admissions, more information will follow."

For more information, visit the AHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the Albuquerque Housing Authority, as of March 24, 2020.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 04/14/2020.

Other Albuquerque Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Generations at West Mesa, 1, 2, and 3-Bedroom Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Albuquerque Housing Authority (AHA) waiting list for 1, 2, and 3-Bedroom Senior (55+) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher apartments at Generations at West Mesa is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from September 11, 2019, until September 24, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

According to the AHA, "Generations at West Mesa is a senior housing site targeting households with at least one (1) member age 55 years or older." Eleven Project Based Voucher units are available.

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

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

According to AHA, "Pre-Applications will not be accepted in paper format. AHA has two free computers available to complete your pre-application. These terminals are available by appointment only. Please call 505-764-3953 to schedule an appointment."

For more information, visit the AHA website.

Last Updated on 09/24/2019.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the 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 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.

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

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
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.

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 3,577 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, 2019:

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 3,174 6 52 206 139
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $537 $644 $856 $426 $464
Monthly Cost $1,703,733 $3,861 $44,536 $87,694 $64,548

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.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by Albuquerque Housing Authority

Sunset Gardens - 60th St Nw

6000 Gonzales Rd SW
Albuquerque, New Mexico

701 Fifth Sw

1212 Candelaria Rd NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico

8010 Constitution Ne

8010 Constitution Ave NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Morris - Lafayette - 12th - Pa

320 Roma Ave NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Morris - Lafayette - 12th - Pa

514 Morris St NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Veranda Ne - La Plata Nw

9000 Veranda Rd NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico