Public Housing Services Division
It is the mission of the Santa Fe County Public Housing Authority to provide drug-free, safe, decent and sanitary housing to low-income and very low-income families in an environment that fosters self-sufficiency and community pride.
What We Do
The Santa Fe County Public Housing Authority was created on November 17, 1972 and remains one of the largest landlords in Santa Fe. The Housing Authority currently manages 200 public housing units and 241 Housing Choice Vouchers (previously called Section 8). The Housing Authority also manages a Public Housing Homeownership Program, a Section 8 Homeownership Program. a Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS), and the Capital Fund Program (CFP). The Housing Authority’s budget primarily consists of rental income and subsidies provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
- Provide decent, safe and sanitary housing to low and very low-income Santa Fe County residents
- Improve customer service
- Improve access to community resources for existing tenants and applicants on the waiting list
- Promote economic self-sufficiency in Public Housing and the Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)
- Develop additional affordable rental housing in Santa Fe County
- Promote homeownership opportunities to qualifying families by providing new construction and renovated public housing units for sale at reasonable costs
- Make capital improvements to current public housing units, as well as the common areas and streets in the public housing neighborhoods
- Sustain “High Performer” status in the Housing Choice Voucher Program
- Obtain “High Performer” status in the Public Housing Program by improving the Public Housing Assessment System (PHAS) score
- Provide regular training classes in the areas of budgeting and financial management, homeownership, parenting, health, and life skills to Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher FSS participants
- Utilize existing funds to provide additional rental units in the community at or below market rents
- To obtain and maintain a public housing vacancy rate of 5 percent or less
Santa Fe County HOUSING NEEDS ASSESSMENT April 2008 »
Program Qualification Guidelines
To qualify for housing assistance, families must qualify as low income (below 80 percent of the area median income). The income limits that are published annually in the Federal Register dictate what these figures are and will determine income eligibility.
The Housing Authority has also implemented a Working Family Preference. Applicants who have been working a minimum of 24 hours per week at minimum wage for the previous 6 months qualify for the preference. Applicants who are attending school full-time (12 credit hours per semester) or who are participating in a self-sufficiency program also receive the preference.
Families who are determined to be elderly, handicapped or disabled also receive a preference.
Guidelines that regulate the Pubic Housing Program are stipulated in the Housing Authority’s Admissions and Continued Occupancy Policy (ACOP). The Guidelines that regulate the Housing Choice Voucher Program are stipulated in the Administrative Plan. The Family Self-Sufficiency Program guidelines are contained in the Program’s Action Plan. These guidelines are posted in the lobby of the Housing Authority’s Administration Office.
Fiscal Year 2011 Income Limits Documentation System (pdf)
Santa Fe County Public Housing Authority
Administrative Offices, 52 Camino de Jacobo, Santa Fe, NM 87507
Phone: (505) 992-3060
Fax: (505) 992-3064
James R. Pacheco, Public Housing Authority Executive Director
Phone: (505) 992-3058