A growing number of New Mexico homeowners do not want to accept vouchers

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This fiscal year, the City of Albuquerque will dedicate more than $ 11 million to the Supportive Housing Voucher program. An amount that could serve around 1,000 households.

“Households choose an apartment they would like to live in, then if the landlord accepts them as a tenant, the household pays 30% of their income for rent, then the voucher helps pay the rest of the rent,” Lisa said. Huval Deputy Director of Housing and Homelessness at CABQ.

Huval says the pandemic has strained the rental market. There are few openings and the owners have become more selective.

“I have a complex where we have traditionally housed many of our veterans and currently I have five veterans who are going to be relocated by the end of the year,” said Jewel Kessler-Fike.

KOB 4 heard from Kessler-Fike in charge of transitional housing at the Veterans Integration Center earlier this month. She says those with vouchers of any kind are getting harder and harder to place.

“Multiple apartment complexes are being taken over by companies and they are becoming less and less local. These places don’t want to accept vouchers that aren’t from the VA, or Section 8, or anywhere. So people are becoming displaced, ”Kessler-Fike said.

Huval and the city say there is currently no law requiring landlords or landlords to accept vouchers. But the city hopes to change that at the state level.

Among the city’s legislative priorities for this next session, they seek to ban discrimination based on source of income or government assistance.

“I think this continues to be a challenge, but it’s a challenge that our nonprofit partners seem capable of meeting so far,” Huval said.


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