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Affordable Housing In Belen
Valencia County, New Mexico

6 Low Income Apartment Communities In Belen

Belen Vista Apartments

531 Christopher Dr
Belen, New Mexico

Belen Apartments

1200 Court St
Belen, New Mexico

Casa Encantada

1014 Guapo Rd
Belen, New Mexico
Disabled Supportive Housing

Altura Apartments Ltd

200 Garden Ln
Belen, New Mexico

Westside Apartments, Ltd

721 Christopher Dr
Belen, New Mexico

Rio Verde Apartments

2291 Highway 304
Belen, New Mexico
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Housing Authorities that serve Belen

Housing Authority Programs
Western Regional Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing
El Camino Real Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)

Guide To Affordable Housing in Belen, New Mexico

There are 6 low income housing apartment communities offering 189 affordable apartments for rent in Belen, New Mexico.

Income Based Apartments in Belen, New Mexico

Belen features 189 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in Belen, New Mexico

There are 0 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Belen.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Belen, New Mexico

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Belen landlords $500 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $300 towards rent in Belen.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Belen, New Mexico for a two-bedroom apartment is between $846 and $1,034.

2021 Belen, New Mexico Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
Belen, New Mexico Fair Market Rent $621 $770 $940 $1,345 $1,617
Belen, New Mexico Payment Standard Range $559 to $683 $693 to $847 $846 to $1,034 $1,211 to $1,480 $1,455 to $1,779

Sourced from federal housing data and research.

Belen, NM Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 6
Total Low Income Apartments 189
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 189
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 35.35%
Average Renter Household Size 2.78
Average Household Size 2.66
Median Household Income $29,486 ±$5,086
Median Rent $677 ±$94
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 44.23% ± 13.6pp
Total Population 7,209

Population and Household Demographics

Belen is a city in Valencia County, New Mexico with a population of 7,209. There are 2,673 households in the city with an average household size of 2.66 persons. 35.35% of households in Belen are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Belen

The median gross income for households in Belen is $29,486 a year, or $2,457 a month. The median rent for the city is $677 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Belen, a household making less than $2,257 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 44.23% of households who rent are overburdened in Belen.

Area Median Income In Belen

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

HUD often uses an area larger than a city to determine the AMI because HUD anticipates those searching for housing will look beyond individual cities during their housing search. For Belen, the AMI is calculated from all households within Valencia County.

In Belen, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $69,100

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in Belen

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for HUD Rental Assistance in Belen

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Belen AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$14,550 $17,240 $21,720 $26,200 $30,680 $35,160 $39,640 $44,120
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Belen AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$24,200 $27,650 $31,100 $34,550 $37,350 $40,100 $42,850 $45,650
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Belen AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$38,750 $44,250 $49,800 $55,300 $59,750 $64,150 $68,600 $73,000