Rio Arriba County Housing Authority



The Rio Arriba County Housing Authority is committed to manage an efficient professional, caring Housing Authority and to provide families in this community a secure, safe, clean, and affordable Housing without discrimination.  Our goal is to manage our public housing units in a manner that is consistent with good, financially sound property management practices.  We are committed to serving our residents and this entire community in a manner that demonstrates professional courtesy, respect and caring.

The Rio Arriba County Housing Authority provides Public Housing at two locations and maintains the Housing Choice Voucher Program. 



Public Housing was established to provide a secure, safe, clean and affordable housing for all eligible low-income families without discrimination.

The Rio Arriba County Public Housing provides 29 housing units in Tierra Amarilla NM and 25 housing units in Ojo Caliente, NM.  Public housing is available in 1,2,3,4 and 5 bedroom homes at both locations.  Handicap units are available.



 The Rio Arriba County Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8 Program) assists 25 families with rental assistance within Rio Arriba County.   The Section 8 Voucher Program provides rental assistance and allows low income families to find their own places to rent within Rio Arriba County.    The HCV participant has the right to leave the RACHA jurisdiction and use their voucher anywhere in the U.S. or its territories where there is a housing authority with a Section 8 program after one year of residency within Rio Arriba County.


The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has partnered with GreatSchools, a national non-profit educational resource for parents, to provide their free web-based tool,, to parents who live in public housing or who receive Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance. This user-friendly website offers a database of more than 200,000 PreK-12 public, charter, magnet and private schools across the U.S., and includes information on how parents can choose the best school for their children. It also features about 2,000 articles and videos that provide information on how parents can help their children be successful in school with free materials such as subject-based worksheets, parent-teacher conference information, homework help tips, college preparation support, and answers to parenting questions. is a valuable resource for parents and other community members.

Housing Application


Tierra Amarilla Site Address:

County Rd 325, Tierra Amarilla, NM  87575

Phone #:  (575) 588-9374

Ojo Caliente Site Address: 

County Rd 175, Ojo Caliente, NM  87549

Española Site Address: 

737 La Joya Street

P.O. Box 310

Epanola, NM 87532

Phone (505) 753-7870 Fax (505) 753-3667

Housing Director

Lorrie A. V. Leyba, Executive Director 

Housing Staff:

 Vacant, Occupancy Specialist

Tony Martinez, Maintenance Supervisor