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This fiscal year, the city of Albuquerque will spend more than $11 million on the Housing Voucher Program. An estimated number could serve about 1,000 households.

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

Huval says the pandemic has strained the rental market. There is very little opening and homeowners are becoming more selective.

“I have a complex where we traditionally have quite a few of our veterans and I have five veterans that will have to replace by the end of the year,” said Jewel Kessler-Fike.

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

“Many apartment blocks are being bought out by corporations and they are becoming less local. Those places don’t want to accept vouchers that are not from the VA, not from section 8, not from anywhere. So people are becoming displaced,” said Kessler-Fike.

Huval with the city said there is currently no law that requires landlords or property owners to accept vouchers. But the city is hoping to change that at the state level.

Among the city’s legislative priorities for this upcoming session – they are seeking to ban discrimination based on source of income or government support.

“I think this continues to be a challenge, but it is one that our nonprofit partners seem able to meet up to this point,” said Huval.

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Yasmin Harisha

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