Bernalillo County Housing Department

1900 Bridge Boulevard SW
Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico
(505) 314-0200

Bernalillo County Housing Department is a public housing agency in Albuquerque, New Mexico that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs. As of November 17th, 2018, Bernalillo County Housing Department has 3 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Bernalillo County, New Mexico Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List has opened and is accepting applications now. The waiting list is scheduled to close on November 30th, 2018. The San Miguel County Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Bernalillo County Housing Department serves Bernalillo County and San Miguel County.

Open Bernalillo County Housing Department Waiting Lists

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Housing Choice VoucherOpen Indefinitely
Senior and Disabled Public HousingOpen Indefinitely

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About Bernalillo County Housing Department

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

HCV Portability Status

As of 11/17/2018, it is not known if Bernalillo County Housing Department is aborbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


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

As of the most recent VMS report, Bernalillo County Housing Department manages 2,033 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 1,400 148 90 48 6 101 240
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $549 $557 $781 $521 $743 $469 $528
Monthly Cost $768,638 $82,492 $70,274 $25,015 $4,460 $47,348 $126,707

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.


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