Rental Program

The POJHA Low-Income Rental Program was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible individuals and families.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers Federal aid to housing authorities that manage housing for low-income residents at rents that are affordable. 

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Who Is Eligible?

This program is specifically designed to assist low-income individuals and families as determined by HUD's yearly guidance on Income Limits.  Additionally, preference will be given to Jemez Pueblo Tribal members who are elderly, disabled, or handicapped, and to families where the head and/or spouse are working.  The POJHA will determine an applicant's eligibility based on the following program guidelines:

  • A household member must be a citizen of a Federally recognized Tribe

  • Criminal background report

  • Sex Offender registrant status

  • Annual Gross Income of household members

Upon being confirmed eligible, reference checks will be conducted for desirability.  The POJHA will deny eligibility to any applicant whose habits and practices may be expected to have a detrimental effect on other tenants, the Pueblo of Jemez community, or the POJHA rental home.

How Do I Apply?
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Applications can be obtained from the POJHA Office or by downloading a Rental Application in PDF format. 

Applicant(s) must complete the application in its entirety and provide the following documentation in order for the POJHA to establish eligibility:

  • Proof of Income

  • Certificate of Indian Blood (Head of Household)

  • Authorization for Release of Information

  • Current Post-Secondary school schedule*

  • Childcare Documentation*

  • Doctor/Provider Documentation for Disability*

 

* If applicable

All applications must list all occupants of the home in the Family Information section.  Any visitors who remain for an extended period of more than 60 calendar days are subject to inclusion on the family's official record.

 

Eligible applicants will be placed on a Waiting List.  In order to remain on the Waiting List, it is the sole responsibility of the applicant to update their application on an annual basis with the POJHA office.  This is done by completing a Re-Certification Application and returning it to the POJHA office.

Monthly Rent & Deposit

All tenant payments are due on the first day of the month regardless of billing or prior notice.  All payments are to be made at the POJHA office located at 4773 Highway 4, Jemez Pueblo, NM 87327.  Cash, Debit/Credit cards, personal checks, cashiers checks, and money orders are all forms of acceptable payments.  An ACH (Automated Clearing House) debit may also be established with the POJHA Finance Office to electronically withdraw monthly rent payments from your bank account.

Monthly rent will be calculated at no more than 30% of the adjusted annual household income and shall not be less than 15% of the adjusted annual household income.

Re-Certification

The purpose of re-certification is to determine and adjust, if required, the rent payment to be charged.  Tenants are required to recertify on an annual basis.  The date for re-certification will be the anniversary of the family's move -in date (initial occupancy).  After the annual re-certification process is complete, an adjustment in payment amount will be made effective the month after the month following the re-certification. 

Example: A family moves in on March 19, 2020.  The Re-Certification date will be set for March 19, 2021.  The re-certification process is completed on March 24, 2021.  Rental payment changes, if any, will become effective May 1, 2021.

Tenants may voluntarily request a re-examination of income and/or re-certification if they experience any major changes in their circumstances that would affect the monthly required rental payment.  Reasons for an interim re-certification are, but not limited, to the follow:

  • Loss of Job or Income

  • Obtains Job

  • Increase in Income

  • Retirement

  • Family Composition Changes

    • Family Member Moves Out​

    • Family Member Moves In

      • Includes Newborns​

  • Change in Allowances

    • Elder Family Members​

    • Child Care Expenses

    • Mileage for Employment / Education (Head of Household/Spouse)

    • Medical Expenses

Rental Unit Inspections

At the time of initial occupancy, a move-in inspection shall be conducted with the POJHA's inspector (representative) and the tenant.  At the conclusion of the initial inspection, the tenant shall sign an inspection report detailing any deficiencies in the home.  The POJHA shall correct the deficiencies within a reasonable amount of time (30 days).

All units are required to be inspected on an annual basis.  The POJHA shall provide the tenant with written notification of the scheduled annual inspection at least 14 calendar days prior to the date of the inspection.  This inspection will include the interior and exterior of the unit/home.  The tenant shall sign the inspection report, which contains the results of the inspection.

If the inspection reveals any deficiencies in the condition of the home beyond normal wear and tear, the tenant shall be given 30 calendar days to correct the deficiencies, at which time a follow-up inspection shall be scheduled.  Any deficiencies caused by normal wear and tear shall be corrected by the POJHA within 30 calendar days. 

Note:  The tenants shall provide all basic maintenance and basic upkeep of the home, keeping it in acceptable conditions and free from trash, clutter, and debris (including abandoned or junk cars).  The POJHA shall monitor the condition of the unit through periodic inspections and drive-bys.  A car must have a valid license plate or it will be considered a junk car and the lessee will be required to remove it from the property.

The POJHA shall conduct a follow-up inspection to determine if the deficiencies have been corrected.  The tenant shall be notified and given the opportunity to be present at the inspection.  If the tenant has not corrected the deficiencies, the POJHA may terminate the rental agreement in accordance with the terms of the agreement, or perform the necessary work and charge the tenant's account.  A total of three unacceptable inspections will result in the termination of the rental agreement.

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