About Bernalillo County Housing Department

The Bernalillo County Housing Department is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Bernalillo County Housing Department serves San Miguel County, Bernalillo County, Las Vegas, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Los Ranchos, Carnuel, Cedar Crest, Cedro, Chilili, Conchas Dam, East Pecos, Edgewood, Edith Endave, Isleta Village Proper, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, Manzano Springs, North San Ysidro, North Valley, Pajarito Mesa, Paradise Hills, Pecos, Ponderosa Pine, Pueblo, Ribera, Rowe, San Antonito, Sandia Heights, Sandia Knolls, Sandia Park, San Jose, Sedillo, Sena, Soham, South Valley, Tecolote, Tecolotito, Tijeras and Villanueva.

Bernalillo County Housing Department Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

Please note: The Bernalillo County Housing Department covers the Counties of Bernalillo and San Miguel, NM.

The Bernalillo County Housing Department (BCHD) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for senior/disabled households.

Please note: The BCHD does not offer a Public Housing program for families.

To apply, follow this link to submit a pre-application. Applications will only be accepted online.

If you don't have access to internet access, you may use one of the computers at the libraries listed below:

Alamosa
6900 Gonzales SW 87121
836-0684

Central & Unser
8081 Central NW 87121
768-4320

Cherry Hills
6901 Barstow NE 87111
857-8321

East Mountain
487 NM 333
Tijeras, NM 87059
281-8508

Erna Fergusson
3700 San Mateo NE 87110
888-8100

Ernie Pyle
900 Girard SE 87106
256-2065

Juan Tabo
3407 Juan Tabo NE 87111
291-6260

Lomas Tramway
908 Eastridge NE 87123
291-6295

Los Griegos
1000 Griegos NW 87107
761-4020

Main & Genealogy
501 Copper NW 87102
768-5141

North Valley
7704 2nd Street NW 87107
897-8823

San Pedro
5600 Trumbull SE 87108
256-2067

South Broadway
1025 Broadway SE 87102
764-1742

South Valley
3904 Isleta SW 87105
877-5170

Special Collections (Local History)
423 Central NE 87102
848-1376

Taylor Ranch
5700 Bogart NW 87120
897-8816

Tony Hillerman
8205 Apache NE 87110
291-6264

Westgate
1300 Delgado SW 87121
833-6984

No preferences were noted.

For more information, visit the BCHD website, or call the office at (505) 314-0200 during normal office hours.

Last Updated on 08/27/2015.

San Miguel County, New Mexico Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Bernalillo County Housing Department (BCHD) San Miguel County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information, visit the BCHD website, or call the office at (505) 314-0200.

Last Updated on 06/15/2017.

Bernalillo County, New Mexico Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Closed

The Bernalillo County Housing Department (BCHD) Bernalillo County Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open from September 2015 until April 2016, and prior to that in May 2013. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application. Paper pre-applications were not available. No pre-applications were accepted at the BCHD office. 

For more information, visit the BCHD website, or call the office at (505) 314-0200.

Last Updated on 06/15/2017.

More information about Bernalillo County Housing Department can be found on its website at http://www.bernco.gov/housing/.


About the Bernalillo County Housing Department Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Bernalillo County Housing Department manages 2,181 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,525 155 94 49 11 101 246
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $541 $554 $748 $529 $779 $480 $524
Monthly Cost $825,732 $85,939 $70,332 $25,937 $8,574 $48,530 $129,026

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Bernalillo County Housing Department

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 22% having issued approximately 108 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 5 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 26 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.3 persons and has a household income of $12,898 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 70% were extremely low income (ELI). 24% of households had wages as a major source of income, 3% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 69% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 48% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 25% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 24% 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.

43% of households included children, 6% of which had two adults in the household. 37% of households with children have a female head of household. 73% of all households were headed by a female.

80% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 6% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Bernalillo County Housing Department Housing Choice Voucher program, 35% include at least one person with a disability. 57% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 83% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

28% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 33% with 2 bedrooms and 40% with 3 or more bedrooms. 26% 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 Bernalillo County Housing Department voucher holders in 2016 was $314 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $648. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $90.



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.