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Bernalillo County incentivizes landlords to rent to low-income tenants

By: - January 2, 2024 4:15 am

The Bernalillo County Commission allocated $750,000 to the program for this fiscal year, which ends June 30. It also funded a full-time position to help run the program. (Photo by Joe Raedle / Getty Images)

Starting Tuesday, Jan. 2, Bernalillo County will incentivize landlords to rent to tenants with low incomes who qualify for the federal Section 8 rental assistance program and the county’s housing program.

The Landlord Incentive Pilot Program will reimburse landlords up to $7,500 per unit for any damages caused by a voucher participant. The program also offers landlords up to a month of rent if their unit is vacant while those repairs are being made, according to a county announcement.

The Bernalillo County Commission allocated $750,000 to the program for this fiscal year, which ends June 30. It also funded a full-time position to help run the program.

The county says its housing department will evaluate the 6-month program to determine whether it’ll continue in the future.

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Nash Jones, KUNM News
Nash Jones, KUNM News

Nash Jones (they/them) grew up in Albuquerque and returned home in 2017 after 11 years away living in Portland, OR, and Oakland, CA. Storytelling and community education have consistently been at the core of Nash’s varied career and are, in part, what brought them to KUNM, first as a volunteer host with Spoken Word Hour and NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday, then as a staff member in the KUNM newsroom, hosting Morning Edition (2018-2021) and reporting. Nash currently hosts NPR's All Things Considered and continues to report for KUNM.

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