The Housing Authority currently manages 241 Housing Choice Vouchers (previously called the Section 8 Program). The Housing Choice Voucher Program assists qualifying families with rental assistance in the private market within Santa Fe County. Once a family comes up on the waiting list and the Housing Authority determines that the family still qualifies for assistance, the family will be issued a “Voucher”. The Voucher allows the family to seek and secure a housing unit that is inspected by Housing Authority staff to ensure that it is decent, safe, and sanitary and to also ensure the unit meets the family’s needs. Once the unit is approved, the family enters into a lease agreement with the landlord, and the Housing Authority enters into a Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) Contract with the landlord. The Housing Authority is accepting applications; however, there is a wait list for this program.

For more information regarding this program can visit Housing Urban Development (HUD)

Administrative Plan for the Housing Choice Voucher Program


Special Programs 

Veterans Assistance Supportive Housing (VASH) Program

The VASH Program is a supportive housing program in partnership with the Veterans Administration facility in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The HUD–VASH program combines HUD Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs at its medical centers and in the community.

The Veterans Administration facility will refer all eligible HUD-VASH families to the Santa Fe County Housing Authority. All interested veterans must contact the VA in Santa Fe to see if they qualify for assistance. Veterans Affairs Santa Fe, NM.

Mainstream Voucher Program

The Mainstream Voucher Program functions in the same manner as the Housing Choice Voucher Program; however, Mainstream Vouchers are only provided to individuals who are non-elderly (under the age of 62) and are disabled.