Housing Authority of the County of Rio Arriba

737 La Joya Street
Espanola, Rio Arriba County, New Mexico
(505) 753-7870

Program Details

Housing Authority of the County of Rio Arriba is a Section 8 and Public Housing Agency in Espanola, New Mexico.

Housing Authority of the County of Rio Arriba serves Rio Arriba County.

Housing Authority of the County of Rio Arriba Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Housing Authority of the County of Rio Arriba (HACRA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.

The HACRA offers one Public Housing community with 53 units for families and senior/disabled households, ranging in size from 1 to 5 bedrooms.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Visit the HACRA to pick up a pre-application, located at 737 La Joya Street, Espanola, NM87532, during normal office hours.
  2. Download a pre-application online here, then print and complete.
Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above. 

No documents are needed with the initial pre-application.

No preferences were noted.

For more information, visit the HACRA website, or call the office at (505) 753-7870 during normal office hours.


After applying, learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 08/27/2015.

About Housing Authority of the County of Rio Arriba

HCV Portability Status

As of 06/22/2018, it is not known if Housing Authority of the County of Rio Arriba is accepting Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Housing Authority of the County of Rio Arriba Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of the County of Rio Arriba manages 17 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard
Vouchers17
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$315
Monthly Cost$5,363

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of the County of Rio Arriba

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 6% having issued approximately 3 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 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 28 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.7 persons and has a household income of $9,300 per year. 100% of households were very low income (VLI) and 81% were extremely low income (ELI). 6% of households had wages as a major source of income, -1% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 94% 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, 25% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 38% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 38% 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.

24% of households included children, -1% of which had two adults in the household. 25% of households with children have a female head of household. 69% of all households were headed by a female.

56% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with -1% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the County of Rio Arriba Housing Choice Voucher program, 44% include at least one person with a disability. 70% 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

38% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 31% with 2 bedrooms and 31% with 3 or more bedrooms. 31% 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 Housing Authority of the County of Rio Arriba voucher holders in 2016 was $257 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $587. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $114.



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.