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Affordable Housing In Dona Ana County
New Mexico

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There are 48 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 2,755 affordable apartments for rent in Dona Ana County, New Mexico. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 1,095 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 351 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Dona Ana County. There are 2,496 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Dona Ana County are the Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority and Housing Authority of the County of Dona Ana.

Affordable Apartments in Dona Ana County

855 Valle Vista Dr
Sunland Park, New Mexico
Vista Del Rey Apartments is a 42 unit low income housing apartment community in Sunland Park.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 515 Rural Rental Housing
Rural Development Rental Assistance
Project Based Rental Assistance
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851 Hettinga Rd
Anthony, New Mexico
Franklin Vista II Apartments is a 28 unit low income housing apartment community in Anthony.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Anthony.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
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5955 Valle Vista Dr
Sunland Park, New Mexico
Vista Del Rey Apartments is a 41 unit low income housing apartment community in Sunland Park.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Sunland Park.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
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845 Hettinga St
Anthony, New Mexico
Franklin Vista IV Apartments is a 21 unit low income housing apartment community in Anthony.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Anthony.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
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360 Baines St
Hatch, New Mexico
Valle Verde IIi Apartments is a 25 unit low income housing apartment community in Hatch.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Section 515 Rural Rental Housing
Rural Development Rental Assistance
Project Based Rental Assistance
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Housing Authorities that serve Dona Ana County

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

The Housing Authority of the County of Dona Ana is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Other Housing Authorities located in Dona Ana County

The Housing Authority of the City of Sunland Park is a Public Housing public housing agency in Sunland Park, New Mexico.

Understanding Affordable Housing in Dona Ana County, New Mexico

Dona Ana County, NM Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties48
Total Low Income Apartments2,755
Total Rent Assisted Apartments1,095
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters35.2%
Average Renter Household Size2.76
Total Population213,963
Housing Units74,762
Average Household Size2.80
Median Household Income$38,853 ±$1,605
Median Rent$709 ±$26
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened49.03% ± 2.95pp

Population and Household Demographics

Dona Ana County is a County in New Mexico with a population of 213,963. There are 74,762 households in the county with an average household size of 2.80 persons. 35.2% of households in Dona Ana County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Dona Ana County

The median gross income for households in Dona Ana County is $38,853 a year, or $3,238 a month. The median rent for the county is $709 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Dona Ana County, a household making less than $2,363 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent.49.03% of households who rent are overburdened in Dona Ana County.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 2.95 percentage points.

Area Median Income In Dona Ana County

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.

In Dona Ana County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $46,900

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 Dona Ana County

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.

Dona Ana County HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

AMI Band1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
30%$12,060$16,240$20,420$24,600$28,250$30,350$32,450$34,550
50%$18,350$20,950$23,550$26,150$28,250$30,350$32,450$34,550
80%$29,300$33,500$37,700$41,850$45,200$48,550$51,900$55,250

You can identify apartment communities that participate in a program that provides rental assistance by looking for the tags in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Dona Ana County

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1991 to 2007, 27 low income apartment communities containing 1,405 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Dona Ana County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in Dona Ana County by looking for the tag in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

If your income is less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you should not expect to pay more than the rent value for a unit in the table below. However, Affordable apartment communities that receive funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program may have rental units that are not subject to income and rent limits.

Rent limits for the LIHTC Program are determined so that a household making the maximum income for the expected household size of the unit would only pay 30% of their income for rent.

Dona Ana County Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

AMI Band1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
50%$18,350$20,950$23,550$26,150$28,250$30,350$32,450$34,550
60%$22,020$25,140$28,260$31,380$33,900$36,420$38,940$41,460

For example, the expected household size for a two bedroom apartment is 3 people. Using the table above, the maximum income for a 3 person household at 60% of the AMI in Dona Ana County is $28,260 a year, or $2,355 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,355 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $707 a month.

Rent for units in the LIHTC Program include a utility allowance which is determined by the average monthly cost of utilities paid directly by residents. This allowance has not been subtracted from the rents in the table below. These utility allowances are set on a property by property basis.

% of AMIStudio1 Bed2 Bed3 Bed4 Bed5 Bed
50%$459$491$589$680$759$838
60%$551$590$707$816$911$1,005
Fair Market Rents in Dona Ana County

Fair Market Rents, often abbreviated as FMR, can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Notably, Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance.

2018 Fair Market Rents
StudioOne BRTwo BRThree BRFour BR
$534$612$753$1,095$1,292

Cities In Dona Ana County

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CityListingsServed By
Las Cruces19The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Las Cruces is the Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority.
Anthony10The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Anthony is the Housing Authority of the County of Dona Ana.
Sunland Park9The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Sunland Park are the Housing Authority of the County of Dona Ana and Housing Authority of the City of Sunland Park.
Hatch7The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hatch is the Housing Authority of the County of Dona Ana.
Santa Teresa3The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Santa Teresa is the Housing Authority of the County of Dona Ana.
Berino0
Chamberino0
Chaparral0
Doña Ana0
Fairacres0
Garfield0
La Mesa0
La Union0
Mesilla0
Mesquite0
Organ0
Placitas0
Radium Springs0
Rincon0
Rodey0
Salem0
San Miguel0
San Pablo0
San Ysidro0
University Park0
Vado0
White Sands0