• April 24th, 2024
  • Wednesday, 06:21:22 PM

Albuquerque Housing Authority Joins Forces to Expand Affordable Housing

The Albuquerque Housing Authorityjoined forces with local, state, and national Housing leaders to expand and preserve much-needed affordable housing inventory for Albuquerque residents. (Photo: AHA)


AHA hosted a ribbon-cutting event for the Broadway/McKnight Affordable Housing Development on Tuesday. This Development located at 300 McKnight Ave NE in the historic Santa Barbara-Martineztown neighborhood adds 54 new units of affordable housing to the Albuquerque community. Attendees at this community celebration will include Senator Jerry Ortíz y Pino, federal, state, city representatives, and funding partners. The event featured activities for residents and children hosted by ¡Explora!


The Broadway/McKnight Development marks the completion of the fifth preservation and redevelopment project for AHA. This redevelopment consisted of the demolition of 30 existing public housing units and the construction of 54 new townhome style units on the 3.43 acre site. These new units are the first new construction of units by AHA in over 30 years. The Broadway/McKnight project creates a resilient community of healthy, dignified homes for the residents of the Santa Barbara-Martineztown neighborhood. The property now consists of 26 new well-designed and energy efficient residential buildings. The unit amenities include hard surface flooring and patio space/yard space. The larger units with rental assistance are very uncommon and offer much needed housing for larger families with low-income.


A new community building with a leasing office and space for service delivery was constructed. The site includes playgrounds for children, a community garden plot and draught tolerant landscaping. The community will provide homes for low-income households and twenty-five percent of the units will be reserved on a priority basis for households with children.  In addition, the resident selection criteria contains a preference for active duty or retired US military Veterans. There will be an on-site service coordinator and services specifically designed for households with children.


AHA thanked their many partners that made these projects a success. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino were instrumental in AHA receiving $1.6 million in State of New Mexico capital outlay. City Councilor Isaac Benton and City Councilor Brook Bassan provided support and funding, and the City of Albuquerque served as the fiscal agent for the capital outlay funding. An allocation of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits from the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority (MFA) is producing approximately $8.8 million in equity proceeds from The Richman Group Affordable Housing Corporation. Construction financing was provided by US Bank and permanent financing is provided by Rocky Mountain Community Reinvestment Corporation.


MFA is also providing gap funding through the National Housing Trust Fund and Tax Credit Assistance Program. Additionally, AHA’s Board of Housing Commissioners approved subordinate financing to fill remaining financing gaps in the project’s development budget. HUD is providing the project-based vouchers. Pavilion Construction is the general contractor. The Hartman + Majewski Design Group are the project architects for Broadway McKnight.


A recent report completed by the City of Albuquerque indicates that the city has a gap of about 15,500 units of affordable housing for renter households with extremely low incomes. The project-based subsidy that is part of our housing makes the rents affordable to extremely low-income households. The preservation and expansion of this affordable housing is essential.


For more information about Albuquerque Housing Authority visit abqha.org.