Cheap Apartments In Taos County
New Mexico

Jack Rabbit Hill

Jack Rabbit Hill Dr
Picuris Pueblo, NM
HCV Welcome

Vista Del Sur Pud Coner

Vista del Sur Pud Corner of Charnis
Taos, NM

El Cerrito Apartments

250 Paseo del Canon E
Taos, NM
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Operation Breakthrough

102 Gusdorf Pl
Taos, NM

New Mexico

400 Weimer Rd
Taos, NM

There are 7 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 379 affordable apartments for rent in Taos County, New Mexico. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 169 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 0 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Taos County. There are 336 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

Housing Authorities that serve Taos County

The Taos County Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Taos, New Mexico.

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

Understanding Affordable Housing in Taos County, New Mexico

Taos County, NM Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties7
Total Low Income Apartments379
Total Rent Assisted Apartments169
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters27.9%
Average Renter Household Size2.24
Total Population32,943
Housing Units13,224
Average Household Size2.44
Median Household Income$36,582 ±$4,167
Median Rent$732 ±$60
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened52.3% ± 6.63pp

Population and Household Demographics

Taos County is a County in New Mexico with a population of 32,943. There are 13,224 households in the county with an average household size of 2.44 persons. 27.9% of households in Taos County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Taos County

The median gross income for households in Taos County is $36,582 a year, or $3,049 a month. The median rent for the county is $732 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Taos County, a household making less than $2,440 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent.52.3% of households who rent are overburdened in Taos County.1

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 6.63 percentage points.

Area Median Income In Taos 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 Taos County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $47,900

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 Taos 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.

Income Qualifications for Taos County HUD Rental Assistance in Taos County

AMI Band1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
30%$12,140$16,460$20,780$25,100$29,000$31,150$33,300$35,450
50%$18,800$21,500$24,200$26,850$29,000$31,150$33,300$35,450
80%$30,100$34,400$38,700$42,950$46,400$49,850$53,300$56,700

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 Taos County

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

From 1999 to 2007, 4 low income apartment communities containing 160 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Taos County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

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

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Taos County

AMI Band1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
50%$18,800$21,500$24,200$26,850$29,000$31,150$33,300$35,450
60%$22,560$25,800$29,040$32,220$34,800$37,380$39,960$42,540

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 Taos County is $29,040 a year, or $2,420 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $2,420 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $726 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%$470$504$605$698$779$859
60%$564$605$726$838$935$1,031
Fair Market Rents in Taos 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
$566$667$790$990$1,076

Cities In Taos County

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CityListingsServed By
Taos6The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Taos are the Taos County Housing Authority and Northern Regional Housing Authority.
Picuris Pueblo1The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Picuris Pueblo are the Taos County Housing Authority and Northern Regional Housing Authority.
Arroyo Hondo0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Arroyo Hondo is the Northern Regional Housing Authority.
Arroyo Seco0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Arroyo Seco is the Northern Regional Housing Authority.
Chamisal0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Chamisal is the Northern Regional Housing Authority.
Costilla0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Costilla is the Northern Regional Housing Authority.
Peñasco0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Peñasco is the Northern Regional Housing Authority.
Questa0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Questa is the Northern Regional Housing Authority.
Ranchos de Taos0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Ranchos de Taos is the Northern Regional Housing Authority.
Red River0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Red River is the Northern Regional Housing Authority.
Rio Lucio0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Rio Lucio is the Northern Regional Housing Authority.
San Cristobal0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves San Cristobal is the Northern Regional Housing Authority.
Talpa0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Talpa is the Northern Regional Housing Authority.
Taos Pueblo0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Taos Pueblo is the Northern Regional Housing Authority.
Taos Ski Valley0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Taos Ski Valley is the Northern Regional Housing Authority.
Vadito0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Vadito is the Northern Regional Housing Authority.