Increasingly more landlords in New Mexico usually are not accepting coupons
This fiscal year, the city of Albuquerque will allocate more than $ 11 million for the Supportive Housing Voucher Program. An amount that could supply an estimated 1,000 households.
“Households choose an apartment they would like to live in, and if the landlord accepts them as a tenant, the household pays 30% of their income towards the rent and then the voucher helps pay the rest of the rent,” said Lisa Huval CABQ Assistant Director for Housing and Homelessness.
Huval says the pandemic has weighed on the rental market. There are few openings and landlords are becoming more picky.
“I have a complex that has traditionally housed some of our veterans, and I currently have five veterans who will be evicted by the end of the year,” said Jewel Kessler-Fike.
At the beginning of the month, KOB 4 heard from Kessler-Fike, who is responsible for the temporary housing at the Veterans Integration Center. She says those with coupons of any kind are getting harder and harder to place.
“Several apartment complexes are being bought up by corporations and they are becoming less local. These places don’t want to accept coupons that aren’t from the VA, Section 8, anywhere. This is how people are displaced, ”said Kessler-Fike.
Huval with the city says there are currently no laws requiring landlords or property owners to accept vouchers. But the city hopes to change that at the state level.
One of the city’s legislative priorities for this upcoming session is to ban discrimination based on source of income or government support.
“I think this remains a challenge, but our nonprofit partners seem to have been able to handle it so far,” said Huval.