Saguache County Housing Authority

Mission of the Saguache County Housing Authority


Our mission is to provide safe, decent, and affordable housing for our residents.  Funding for SCHA is generated through tenant rents, state subsidies, Federal subsidies, and grant funding. 

Developing additional housing opportunities is a goal of the Saguache County Housing Authority. 

Please continue below for a rental application and links to other affordable housing resources below. 


Affordable Housing Opportunities at the Saguache County Housing Authority

The Saguache County Housing Authority provides safe and affordable housing opportunities. 

SCHA manages two apartment complexes in Saguache, Colorado:

Blue Water Haciendas 
Section 8 subsidized. 
A total of twelve apartments, four one-bedroom apartments and eight two-bedroom apartments. 

Puerto Del Norte
HOME and Market Rents. 
Does accept Section 8/Housing Choice Vouchers. 
A total of sixteen apartments, three one-bedroom apartments, seven two-bedroom apartments, and six three-bedroom apartments. 

A waiting list typically exists for both properties.  All applicants are encouraged to submit a rental application and after processing and approval, they will be added to the waiting list. 

Please see our Fact Sheet for more details regarding our properties.
SCHA Property 2024 Fact Sheet



Additional Housing Providers Servicing the San Luis Valley

Housing Providers Located in the San Luis Valley

  The Valley Wide Housing Needs Assessment identified housing providers in the San Luis Valley.  

  The list of housing providers can be found here:

Housing Providers in the SLV


Rental Assistance for Tenants and Landlords

If you or your tenants have been unable to pay rent due to financial hardship caused by COVID-19, you may be eligible for rental assistance from the state.

The Colorado Legislature and Governor Polis have passed Senate Bill 20B-002 authorizing an additional $54 million in housing assistance for people economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Begin the application process here:

A customer service hotline is now available for POP and EHAP applicants and agents are now taking calls. The hotline number is 1-888-480-0066. E-mails regarding POP and EHAP should continue to go through  and . The new hotline and the program email addresses are now supported by HORNE.


Down Payment and Property Rehabilitation Assistance

The mission of the San Luis Valley Housing Coalition is to provide safe and affordable housing to low-moderate income community members. The SLVHC addresses the increasing housing needs of the San Luis Valley through various programs:
Down Payment Assistance 
Home Rehabilitation Assistance 
Well Drilling Assistance 
Rental properties located in Monte Vista and Alamosa.

Please visit the SLV Housing Coalition's website for more details and contact information:
San Luis Valley Housing Coalition


Affordable Housing Development

  The Saguache County Housing Authority (SCHA) has been working in earnest to develop additional affordable housing in Saguache County since the Valley Wide Housing Needs Assessment process that stated in 2019. 

  There are several opportunities available to make this goal a reality.  SCHA owns a one acre parcel in Saguache located at 250 Gunnison Ave. with the purpose of an affordable, decent, and safe apartment community in mind.   The site has been the subject of an initial design phase, surveys, environmental assessments, and continues to be a viable location to enhance the Saguache community. 

  Saguache County owns a number of lots and a number of which are located in Casita Park.  Our goal is to provide several affordable home ownership opportunities in Casita Park and elsewhere. 

  The work associated with the development of affordable housing is an ever changing field.  Funding opportunities open and close, new professional relationships are made, and these are all factors that contribute to means that a development moves forward. 

  SCHA's goal is to be transparent and open to public regarding the progress of these projects, and in return, we ask the public being understanding of the complexity of the work ahead and inherent nature of change as a development moves forward. 


Affordable Housing Development News and Public Outreach

News will be posted here on a monthly basis or as news worthy announcements develop.  These links may be responses to newspaper reports, public inquires, event fliers, etc.  

SCHA News Folder 



Special Limited Partnerships

Special Limited Partnerships (SLP) with a Housing Authority typically allow a Housing Developer to be exempt from sales, use, and property taxes.  The reduction of these costs allow the property overhead to be lower, allowing the property to assume less debt, and makes the rents more affordable.  

The Saguache County Housing Authority is always interested in the consideration of SLP partnerships with developers for the purpose of promoting affordable housing. 

Please contact the Housing Director by using the contact information at the bottom of this page if your organization is interested in forming an SLP with SCHA for the purpose of building affordable housing.  


Valley Wide Housing Needs Assessment

  Organizations, businesses, and community leaders have worked together to lay down the foundation for the future develop affordable housing in the San Luis Valley.  The Valley-Wide Housing Needs Assessment derived information for the San Luis Valley as a whole, the individual counties, and many of the individual communities within the counties. 

  Saguache, Center, Crestone, and Moffat are included in the community level of the study. 

  Please see the link below to the SLV Housing Coalition's webpage with additional information, links to the individual studies, links to the recorded Housing Listening Tours, and more:

Housing Needs Assessment


Staff Contact Information:

Evan Samora 
Housing Director 
P.O. Box 201 
630.5 Pitkin Ave 
Saguache, CO 81149
719-849-0356 (text messages welcome)

Please scroll down to the bottom of this page for application information.

SCHA Address:

Office Address:
630.5 Pitkin Ave
Saguache, CO 81149 

Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 201
Saguache, CO 81149



The Saguache County Housing Authority is an equal opportunity provider and employer.  TTY Relay: 7-1-1