Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority

664 Alta Vista St.
Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico 87505

Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Santa Fe, New Mexico that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs.

Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority serves Santa Fe.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Public Housing Closed

Other Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List


Please note: The Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority covers the City of Santa Fe, NM. However, the office allows Section 8 vouchers to be used outside of the city limits on its own discretion. 

The Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority (SFCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last opened in November 2014. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.  


To apply in 2014, pre-applications were available at the the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. Applicants must have mailed or faxed the pre-application to the SFCHA office.


The SFCHA accepted 200 pre-applications before closing the waiting list.

The SFCHA identified the following preference: Local residency

Qualified applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time of the application submission, after sorting the preference.

For more information, visit the SFCHA website, or call the office at (505) 988-2859.

Last Updated on 08/25/2015.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority (SFCHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for seniors aged 62 and older.

Please note: The Public Housing waiting list for families and disabled households is currently closed.

The SFCHA offers six Public Housing communities with 563 units for families, senior, and disabled households.

To apply, visit the SFCHA to pick up a pre-application, located at 664 Alta Vista St., Santa Fe, NM 87504, from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm MT, Monday-Friday.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it must be hand delivered to the address listed above, from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Be sure to include these documents with the pre-application: Photo IDs for all adult household members.

The SFCHA does have a preference for applicants that live and/or work in Santa Fe.

For more information, the SFCHA can be reached by calling (505) 988-2859 from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Last Updated on 08/27/2015.

About Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority

More information about Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.santafenm.gov/affordable_housing. Representatives of Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority may be available by phone at (505) 988-2859. Unless otherwise noted applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 09/16/2019, it is not known if Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority 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 Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority manages 924 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 892 17 15
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $614 $766 $742
Monthly Cost $547,740 $13,026 $11,136

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Santa Fe Civic 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 7% having issued approximately 152 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 10 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 20 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.1 persons and has a household income of $12,606 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 71% were extremely low income (ELI). 26% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 68% 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, 45% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 22% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 31% 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.

39% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 35% of households with children have a female head of household. 79% of all households were headed by a female.

72% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 3% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 28% include at least one person with a disability. 42% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 70% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

34% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 39% with 2 bedrooms and 28% with 3 or more bedrooms. 23% 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 Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $314 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $778. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $107.



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 Operated by Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority

Santa Fe Ph

650 Alta Vista St
Santa Fe, NM

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143A Roman Dr
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