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Northern Regional Housing Authority

525 Ranchitos Road, Unit 962
Taos, Taos County, New Mexico
(575) 758-2460

Program Details

Northern Regional Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing Agency in Taos, New Mexico.

Northern Regional Housing Authority serves Cibola County, Colfax County, Los Alamos County, McKinley County, Mora County, Rio Arriba County, San Juan County, San Miguel County, Sandoval County and Taos County.

Northern Regional Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Multi-County, New Mexico Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Northern Regional Housing Authority (NRHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list opened on January 22, 2018 at 8:00 am MT, and is open indefinitely. It was last open for five days in January 2016.

To apply, pick up an application at the NRHA office, located at 525 Ranchitos Rd, Unit 962, Taos, NM 87571; from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm, and from 1:00 pm until 4:30 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Once the application has been completed, it must be:

  1. Hand delivered to the NRHA at the address above.
  2. Mailed to the NRHA at the address above.
  3. Faxed to (575) 751-1175.

Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed, and it is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list. The last time we reported on this waiting list, there were no preferences, and selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received. But those policies may have changed for this opening.

For more information, visit the NRHA website, or call the office at (575) 758-2460.


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

Last Updated on 01/24/2018.

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

The Northern Regional Housing Authority (NRHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list applications. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed.

To apply, pick up an application at the NRHA office, located at 525 Ranchitos Road, Unit 962, Taos, NM 87571.

For more information, visit the NRHA website, or call the office at (575) 758-2460.


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

Last Updated on 01/24/2018.

About Northern Regional Housing Authority

More information about Northern Regional Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://northernregional.net/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 05/25/2018, it is not known if Northern Regional Housing Authority 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 Northern Regional Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Northern Regional Housing Authority manages 401 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

StandardPorted OutVASH
Vouchers381173
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$467$799$451
Monthly Cost$177,943$13,576$1,354

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Northern Regional 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 12% having issued approximately 27 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 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 15 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.8 persons and has a household income of $9,418 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 71% were extremely low income (ELI). 17% 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 80% 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, 40% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 26% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 33% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

30% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 28% of households with children have a female head of household. 71% of all households were headed by a female.

54% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 0% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Northern Regional Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 32% include at least one person with a disability. 43% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 67% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

36% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 37% with 2 bedrooms and 23% with 3 or more bedrooms. 27% 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 Northern Regional Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $214 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $531. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $105.



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.