While the ultra-rich own multiple multi-million-dollar homes, New Mexico families are facing a severe housing shortage. And that shortage is driving up costs on the housing we do have.
The housing shortage is impacting people at all income levels, in nearly every community. Whether renting or owning, whether in a rural, suburban, or urban area, too many New Mexicans cannot securely afford a place to call home.
That’s why, as Chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, I convened a hearing earlier this month to explore potential policy solutions to increase access to affordable and stable housing in New Mexico and across the country.
VIDEO: Senator Martin Heinrich hosts a hearing on the housing shortage, KOAT, January 16, 2024.
Our report examined the restrictive local zoning and land use regulations that are making it too difficult to increase housing supply. It also explores the novel government financing mechanisms—like local affordable housing trust funds—that can help builders construct more affordable homes.
Last year, the City of Albuquerque passed zoning reforms that will allow certain properties zoned for single-family home construction to build “alternative dwelling units,” long known in New Mexico as casitas. The new zoning rules will also allow the City to convert some formerly non-residential developments—like former hotels—into affordable, multi-unit housing communities.
These initiatives are important steps, but we need to do more at every level of government to address this shortage head on. I am committed to delivering the resources New Mexico communities need to build more homes.
United States Senator