Affordable Housing In Otero County
New Mexico

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There are 8 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 489 affordable apartments for rent in Otero County, New Mexico. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 289 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 0 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Otero County. There are 246 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 Agency that serves Otero County is the Eastern Regional Housing Authority.

Affordable Apartments in Otero County

1205 Monte Vista Ave
Tularosa, New Mexico
Villa De Tularosa Senior Housing is a 22 unit low income housing apartment community in Tularosa.
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
2400 1st St
Alamogordo, New Mexico
Azotea Senior Apartments Homes is a 60 unit low income housing apartment community in Alamogordo.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Alamogordo.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
1200 Jefferson Ave
Alamogordo, New Mexico
Cottonwood Commons is a 60 unit low income housing apartment community in Alamogordo.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Alamogordo.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
900 7th St
Alamogordo, New Mexico
Plaza Hacienda Homes is a 221 unit low income housing apartment community in Alamogordo.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Public Housing
1513 Fairview Rd
Tularosa, New Mexico
Las Rosas II Apartments is a 28 unit low income housing apartment community in Tularosa.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit Rural Development Rental Assistance Project Based Rental Assistance Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers

Housing Authorities that serve Otero County

The Eastern Regional Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Roswell, New Mexico.

Other Housing Authorities located in Otero County

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

Understanding Affordable Housing in Otero County, New Mexico

Otero County, NM Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 8
Total Low Income Apartments 489
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 289
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 35.7%
Average Renter Household Size 2.72
Total Population 65,318
Housing Units 23,668
Average Household Size 2.63
Median Household Income $39,775 ±$1,700
Median Rent $791 ±$37
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 40.91% ± 4.52pp

Population and Household Demographics

Otero County is a County in New Mexico with a population of 65,318. There are 23,668 households in the county with an average household size of 2.63 persons. 35.7% of households in Otero County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Otero County

The median gross income for households in Otero County is $39,775 a year, or $3,315 a month. The median rent for the county is $791 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Otero County, a household making less than $2,637 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 40.91% of households who rent are overburdened in Otero County.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 4.52 percentage points.

Area Median Income In Otero 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 Otero County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $48,400

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 Otero 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.

Otero County HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 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 Otero County

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

From 2001 to 2007, 5 low income apartment communities containing 202 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Otero County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in Otero 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.

Otero County Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

AMI Band 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 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 Otero 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 AMI Studio 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 1 Bed 5 Bed
50% $459 $491 $589 $680 $759 $838
60% $551 $590 $707 $816 $911 $1,005
Fair Market Rents in Otero 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.

2017 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$551 $566 $667 $971 $1,175

Cities In Otero County

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Alamogordo 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Alamogordo is the Housing Authority of the City of Alamogordo.
Bent 0
Boles Acres 0
Cloudcroft 1
High Rolls 0
Holloman AFB 0
La Luz 0
Mayhill 0
Mescalero 0
Orogrande 0
Pinon 0
Sacramento 0
Timberon 0
Tularosa 2
Twin Forks 0
Weed 0