Doña Ana County is New Mexico’s second most populous county reaching an estimated 2014 population of 213,676. Just under half of the county’s population resides in the incorporated communities of Las Cruces and Mesilla. Over half of the population lives in smaller towns, villages and unincorporated communities along the Rio Grande Valley. Many of those communities are designated colonias with significant needs for basic infrastructure and affordable housing.
The Affordable Housing Plan was developed for the communities outside of Las Cruces and Mesilla. It focuses on four planning areas and the communities within each area. Working with county staff, a housing review committee and the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority, Sites Southwest recommended strategies for the county to address affordable housing needs. A more detailed report for each planning area identifies needs for individual colonias and potential housing sites or projects within the planning area.
Sites Southwest also assisted the county with its Affordable Housing Ordinance. County officials adopted the plan and ordinance and are proceeding with implementation.