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Santa Fe County Housing Authority wins the 2020 HUD Student Design and Planning Competition

Santa Fe County Housing Authority wins the 2020 HUD Student Design and Planning Competition

Final Steps in the 2020 Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition

The four finalist teams presented their revised proposals at a virtual event on Thursday, April 16, 2020.

Immediately following the student presentations, the jury, a panel of industry experts in a blind review, deliberated and decided that this year’s winning team was Yale University.  The runner-up team was University of Maryland, College Park.

The first place winner receives $20,000.  The runner-up receives $10,000 and the two remaining finalist teams receive $5,000 team.

Santa Fe County wishes to thank all of the team members for their hard work and inventive planning and design.  You may access all four student presentations in PDF format below.

Yale's Jacobo Commons

Maryland's Nueva Acequia

Berkeley's Three Peaks

Michigan's Keystone At The Crossroads

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Santa Fe County 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 Housing Authority was created on November 17, 1972 and remains one of the largest landlords in Santa Fe. The Housing Authority currently manages 198 public housing units and 307 Housing Choice Vouchers between its various voucher programs. The Housing Authority also manages a Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program, Resident Opportunities and Self-Sufficiency Program (ROSS), 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.

Our Goals

  • Provide decent, safe and sanitary housing to low and very low-income Santa Fe County residents
  • Work with others housing providers, non-profits and social service providers to develop collaborative and strategic plans and programs to address homeless, rental affordability and homeownership issues within Santa Fe County
  • Identify, apply for, and implement targeted Housing Choice Voucher programs to offer a wider variety of housing options for low and very-low income households
  • Consistently provide quality customer service to clients and members of the public
  • 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
  • Identify, acquire and develop additional affordable rental housing in Santa Fe County in order to meet the community’s housing needs
  • Arrange for regular training classes in the areas of budgeting, financial management, homeownership, parenting, health, and life skills to Public Housing and Housing Choice Voucher clients
  • Make capital improvements to current public housing units, and prioritize funding resources to complete projects that promote the health, safety and the physical wellbeing of our residents
  • Obtain and Sustain a rating as a Higher Performing Agency for the Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing Programs
  • To obtain and maintain a Public Housing vacancy rate of 2 percent or less

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 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 Public 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.

Income Limits Documentation System

Five Year PHA Plan

Five Year Plan


Contact Us

Santa Fe County Public Housing Authority
Administrative Offices, 52 Camino de Jacobo, Santa Fe, NM 87507
Phone: (505) 992-3060
Fax: (505) 992-3064

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday (Closed on Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays) 

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.)


8 a.m. to 12 p.m.


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