Affordable Housing In Ruidoso Downs
Lincoln County, New Mexico

3 Low Income Apartment Communities In Ruidoso Downs

Ladera Courts

319 Dipaolo Hill Dr
Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico

Di Paolo Street

Di Paolo St
Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico

Inspiration Heights

301 Sierra Lane
Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico
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Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico

Housing Authority Programs
Eastern Regional Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico

There are 3 low income housing apartment communities offering 168 affordable apartments for rent in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico.

Income Based Apartments in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico

Ruidoso Downs features 48 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 Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico

There are 120 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Ruidoso Downs.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico

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

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico for a two-bedroom apartment is between $701 and $857.

2022 Ruidoso Downs, 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
Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico Fair Market Rent $610 $627 $779 $994 $1,311
Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico Payment Standard Range $549 to $671 $564 to $690 $701 to $857 $895 to $1,093 $1,180 to $1,442

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Ruidoso Downs, NM Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 3
Total Low Income Apartments 168
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 48
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 46.36%
Average Renter Household Size 2.54
Average Household Size 2.82
Median Household Income $25,653 ±$10,991
Median Rent $552 ±$104
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 52.27% ± 18.73pp
Total Population 2,674

Population and Household Demographics

Ruidoso Downs is a city in Lincoln County, New Mexico with a population of 2,674. There are 949 households in the city with an average household size of 2.82 persons. 46.36% of households in Ruidoso Downs are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Ruidoso Downs

The median gross income for households in Ruidoso Downs is $25,653 a year, or $2,138 a month. The median rent for the city is $552 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Ruidoso Downs, a household making less than $1,840 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 52.27% of households who rent are overburdened in Ruidoso Downs.

Area Median Income In Ruidoso Downs

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 Ruidoso Downs, the AMI is calculated from all households within Lincoln County.

In Ruidoso Downs, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $66,300

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 Ruidoso Downs

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 Ruidoso Downs

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Ruidoso Downs AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$13,950 $18,310 $23,030 $27,750 $32,470 $37,190 $41,150 $43,800
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Ruidoso Downs AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$23,250 $26,550 $29,850 $33,150 $35,850 $38,500 $41,150 $43,800
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Ruidoso Downs AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$37,150 $42,450 $47,750 $53,050 $57,300 $61,550 $65,800 $70,050