Bernalillo County Housing Department

2400 Wellesley Dr. NE. Suite 100
Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico 87107

Bernalillo County Housing Department is a housing authority that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), and Family Unification Program (FUP) programs. As of October 24th, 2021, Bernalillo County Housing Department has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

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

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting List Status
San Miguel County, New Mexico Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Bernalillo County, New Mexico Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Seybold Village Disabled Public Housing Closed
El Centro Familiar Senior Housing Complex Senior and Disabled Public Housing Closed
Unit Project Based Elderly/Disabled Closed

Open Bernalillo County Housing Department Waiting Lists

During 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.

Bernalillo County Housing Department Website: https://www.bernco.gov/housing/.

Bernalillo County Housing Department Phone: (505) 314-0200.

COVID-19 Updated:

As of June 10, 2021, the BCHD website states, "At this time our office is still closed to the public with our employees teleworking".

More information is available here.

Open Until Further Notice: San Miguel County, New Mexico Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Bernalillo County Housing Department (BCHD) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list for San Miguel County is currently open, from June 5, 2018 at 8:00 am MT, until further notice.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

The waiting list has the following preferences: Displaced by natural disaster, terminated from assistance due to lack of funding, homeless persons, working, elderly persons, disabled persons, veterans, and foster youth (this preference not open to the general population).

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

For more information, visit the BCHD website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (505) 468-7000.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 02/26/2021.

Other Bernalillo County Housing Department Waiting Lists

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

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Bernalillo County Housing Department (BCHD) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list for Bernalillo County is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from January 4, 2021 until February 4, 2021. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

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

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the BCHD website.

Service Area

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

Last Updated on 02/26/2021.

Closed: Seybold Village Disabled Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Bernalillo County Housing Department (BCHD) Disabled Public Housing waiting list for 1, 2, 3, and 4-Bedroom apartments at Seybold Village is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from May 19, 2021 until August 31, 2021. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

  • Seybold Village is located at 2204 Centro Familiar SW.

Please note: According to the BCHD, "The complex serves handicapped and disabled families".

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

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Mobility impaired individuals

It was not known how selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the BCHD website.

Sources: This information was verified by the BCHD on June 10, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in South Valley, New Mexico. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Last Updated on 08/31/2021.

Closed: El Centro Familiar Senior Housing Complex Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Bernalillo County Housing Department (BCHD) Near Elderly or Disabled Public Housing waiting list for 1 and 2-Bedroom apartments at El Centro Familiar Senior Housing Complex is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from May 19, 2021 until August 31, 2021. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

  • El Centro is located at 2210 Centro Familiar SW

Please note: According to the BCHD, applicants "must be 55 years of age or disabled".

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

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Elderly (62 years of age or older)

It was not known how selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the BCHD website.

Sources: This information was verified by the BCHD on June 10, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in South Valley, New Mexico. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Last Updated on 08/31/2021.

Closed: Unit Project Based Elderly/Disabled Waiting List

How To Apply to the Waiting List

The Bernalillo County Housing Department (BCHD) waiting list for Elderly/Disabled Unit Project Based (UPB) apartments  is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from January 4, 2021 until February 4, 2021. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

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

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the BCHD website.

Last Updated on 02/26/2021.

About Bernalillo County Housing Department

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

Representatives of Bernalillo County Housing Department may be available by phone at (505) 314-0200. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 10/24/2021, it is not known if Bernalillo County Housing Department is either absorbing 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 HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Bernalillo County Housing Department manages 2,224 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of June 30th, 2021:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,545 135 90 45 10 140 239
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $531 $549 $721 $487 $696 $506 $542
Monthly Cost $820,932 $74,069 $64,890 $21,924 $6,960 $70,820 $129,430

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.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by Bernalillo County Housing Department

Seybold Village

2204 El Centro Familiar Blvd SW
Albuquerque, New Mexico