About Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority

The Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

The Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority serves Dona Ana County and Las Cruces.

Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Closed

Please note: The Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority covers Dona Ana County, NM.

The Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority (MVPHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for four days in February 2016, and prior to that for one day only in June 2015, and in May 2013

Please note: According to the MVPHA, "Only IMMEDIATE family members may be on application."

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to submit a pre-application at the MVPHA office.

There were no preferences.

Applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery. 

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

For more information, visit the MVPHA website, or call the office at (575) 528-2000.

Last Updated on 04/22/2016.


About the Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of March 31st, 2016 the Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority manages 1,286 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 Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,075 15 34 19 51 92
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $400 $386 $550 $748 $349 $317
Monthly Cost $429,773 $5,790 $18,685 $14,219 $17,775 $29,119

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Mesilla Valley Public 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 24% having issued approximately 53 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 2 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 7 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.5 persons and has a household income of $10,745 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 69% were extremely low income (ELI). 32% of households had wages as a major source of income, 7% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 57% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

6% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 53% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 19% 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.

53% of households included children, 3% of which had two adults in the household. 48% of households with children have a female head of household. 79% of all households were headed by a female.

82% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 4% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 17% include at least one person with a disability. 28% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 66% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

39% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 34% with 2 bedrooms and 27% with 3 or more bedrooms. 4% 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 Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $304 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $513. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $131.



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.


Affordable Apartments near Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority

1700 Mulberry Ave
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Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Project Based Rental Assistance Senior (62+) Accessible Units
346 Baines St
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Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Section 515 Rural Rental Housing Project Based Rental Assistance
1401 Burley Ct
Burley Court is a 40 unit low income housing apartment community in Las Cruces.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8 Project Based Rental Assistance