Individuals and Families
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is exposing what we have always known: our nation’s deep inequities and broken safety-net programs leave millions of people without help or relief. Today, we are seeing the painful reality for those who don’t have the luxuries of paid sick leave, unemployment benefits, or social safety net protections to help them weather this storm.
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FEMA to Help Pay Funeral Costs for COVID-19-related Deaths
In early April, FEMA will begin providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020 for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic. The policy was finalized today, and FEMA is now moving rapidly to implement this funeral assistance program nationwide.
- The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020 for a death attributed to COVID-19.
- If multiple individuals contributed toward funeral expenses, they should apply under a single application as applicant and co-applicant. FEMA will also consider documentation from other individuals not listed as the applicant and co-applicant who may have incurred funeral expenses as part of the registration for the deceased individual.
- An applicant may apply for multiple deceased individuals.
- The COVID-19-related death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
§ This assistance is limited to a maximum financial amount of $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application.
§ Funeral assistance is intended to assist with expenses for funeral services and interment or cremation.
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline
844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time
In order to apply, the following documentation is required:
- An official death certificate that attributes the death to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in the U. S. The death certificate must indicate the death “may have been caused by” or “was likely the result of” COVID-19 or COVID-19 like symptoms. Similar phrases that indicate a high likelihood of COVID-19 are considered sufficient attribution.
- Funeral expense documents (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) that include the applicant’s name, the deceased individual’s name, the amount of funeral expenses, and the dates the funeral expenses were incurred.
- Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. Funeral assistance may not duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, federal/state/local/tribal/territorial government programs or agencies, or other sources.
More information regarding this assistance can be found at COVID-19 Funeral Assistance | FEMA.gov
Places to Call for Help
Updated December 23, 2021
Crisis Text Line – Text ‘Home’ to 741-741. Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in any type of crisis.
Text TalkWithUs to 66746 (TTY 1-800-846-8517) if you or someone you care about is feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others.
Visit the Disaster Distress Helpline, which provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call 1-800-985-5990
Visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline to get help, identify abuse, plan for safety, or support others. Call 1-800-799-7233, chat live, or text START to 88788.
To Find A Therapist – Psychology Today’s Find a Therapist tool is a wonderful resource for discovering therapists in your area and according to your needs. You can also find quality inexpensive licensed professional therapists using a popular resource called BetterHelp.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States. Call 1-800-273-8255.
Call 911 if you are in an EMERGENCY SITUATION. If you feel like you’re going to hurt yourself, it is an emergency!
In New Mexico, if you or a loved one is experiencing any kind of emotional crisis, mental health or substance use concern, you can find help 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line at 1-855-NMCRISIS (662-7474) 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. You are not alone and it is normal to feel anxious and worried! You can confidentially reach out to talk to someone anytime and anyplace.
If You Just Want Someone to Hear You Out…
Call the Peer-to-Peer Warmline at (855) 466-7100. If you want to talk to someone who has been there and understands the emotional, mental, and behavioral health concerns you may be experiencing then call us to talk to a professional peer support specialist between 7:00 a.m. – 11:30pm MT, or by text from 6:00pm-11:00pm MT, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You can reach the New Mexico Peer-to-Peer Warmline at 1-855-4NM-7100 (466-7100).
There’s still time to sign up for the Emergency Broadband Benefit!
Congress recently created the Affordable Connectivity Program, a new long-term, $14 billion program, which will replace the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. This investment in broadband affordability will help ensure we can afford the connections we need for work, school, health care and more for a long time.
Households enrolled in the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program as of 12/31/21 will continue to receive their current monthly benefit until 3/1/22.
- The maximum monthly benefit will change from $50 per month to $30 per month for households not located on qualifying Tribal lands. The monthly benefit will remain at $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands.
- Households have new ways to qualify for the Affordable Connectivity Program such as: receiving WIC benefits or having an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
- Households that qualified for the Emergency Broadband Benefit due to a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 or by meeting the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s COVID-19 program will need to requalify for the Affordable Connectivity Program. These households will receive additional details about the steps they need to take from the program administrator (USAC) or their broadband provider, in January 2022, and will be given at least 30 days to respond. They will continue to receive their full EBB benefit until March 1, 2022.
More information about actions current Emergency Broadband Benefit recipients will need to take to continue receiving the Affordable Connectivity Program benefit after the transition period will be available in the coming weeks. The FCC is seeking comment on the changes enacted in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and will be adopting rules for the Affordable Connectivity Program. Please stay tuned for additional updates.
Silver City Farmers’ Market accepts EBT and Pandemic-EBT cards and offers Double Up Food Bucks to double your SNAP benefits. Use your EBT card and get half off all purchases.
Farmers’ Market is held weekly every Saturday 9 am — 12 pm, at the corner of Pope St. and College Avenue in the old Life Quest parking lot. This market is currently closed for the winter. The 2022 schedule will be released soon.
The Wednesday Market is held weekly every Wednesday from 9am -12:00pm in the Ace Hardware Parking Lot, US 180 at the 32nd St Bypass. This market is currently closed for the winter, and will resume May 2022.
Tents and sleeping bags not only make living on the streets more bearable this time of year, they can often mean the difference between life and death.
Homeless shelters in New Mexico are in need of both as the COVID-induced eviction moratorium nears an end and colder temperatures arrive.
Georgia Evans, development associate for the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness, said the number of unhoused has been harder to track due to the pandemic, especially because some shelters closed or had limited capacity.
“A lot of homelessness, especially in New Mexico, is not seen,” Evans explained. “It’s people sleeping in their cars or sleeping in different areas every night and not necessarily pitching a tent in a busy, more central area.”
Evans pointed out in Santa Fe, the shelter is seeking funds to purchase clothing and equipment for those experiencing homelessness, while other shelters are accepting warm clothing including coats, hats and gloves.
New Mexico, along with New Jersey and New York, are the only states with a pandemic-related statewide eviction moratorium still in effect, but Evans noted it is scheduled to end in early January.
“And so we’re anticipating that there might be a giant flood of people that do not have housing or will not have housing in the new year,” Evans projected.
To honor those who lost their lives while homeless, annual memorials are held across the U.S. on or near Dec. 21. In New Mexico, some cities are planning virtual memorials, while others will be in-person with social distancing. Evans added it is fitting to hold the memorial on the longest and one of the coldest days of the year.
“To recognize that these people are in our communities, and are important and in relation to the national memorial for homelessness,” Evans emphasized.
The National Homeless Persons Memorial Day has been held on the winter solstice for 30 years.
Note that all times listed below are subject to change. Contact the food pantry for current schedules.
The Commons Grant County Food Pantry at The Commons: 501 East 13th Street +Zip codes 88061, 88065, 88022, 88053 ONLY, choose ONE: First Saturday from 10–noon OR Last Wednesday from 4–6pm. For information please call 575-388-2988 https://thecommonsgrantcounty.org/.
The Commons Mining District Mobile Pantry at Bataan Park for zip codes 88023, 88026, 88041, 88043 ONLY: Third Tuesday from 12–2pm. For information please call 575-388-2988 https://thecommonsgrantcounty.org/.
The Commons Gila Mobile Pantry at Cliff Fairgrounds for Buckhorn, Cliff, Gila, and Redrock residents ONLY: Third Tuesday 12–2:00pm. For information please call 575-388-2988 https://thecommonsgrantcounty.org/
Mimbres Valley Health Action League Mobile Food Pantry at Roundup Lodge, 94 Acklin Hill Rd, Mimbres. 3rd Wednesday of the month, 11am to 2pm. Call 575-574-7674 for more information.
Gospel Mission Food Pantry at 111 South Texas Street, email@example.com, call 575-388-5071 for more info. Free Breakfast M–F from 8:30–10am, Free Lunch Monday–Friday, 12–1pm, Free Emergency Food Bags MWF 9am-1pm. Free Wed Morning Market drive-thru 8:30-9:30.
St. Francis Newman Center at 914 W. 13th Street in Silver City, 575-388-4933. Food pantry every Monday at 4pm. Call to schedule appointments for help with bills, rent, bus passes, and prescription drugs.
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church at 414 N Bayard Street in Silver City, 575-538-9373, The food pantry is open Mon-Thurs 9 am-11:30 am and 1 pm-4 pm. They take applications to help with utilities on Tuesdays from 1 pm-2 pm.
WMNU One Stop, Juan Chacon Building (Room 267), 8-5 M-F. 575-538-6400. https://life.wnmu.edu/onestop/ A wellness center for students, offering food pantry items and when available, cleaning supplies, kitchenware, blankets, and toiletries.
Christian Challenge: Corner of College Ave and B St. Silver City. Lunch for $1 or free to WNMU students with no money every Wednesday from 12pm-1pm during the school year.
HMS Senior Services, 575-597-2967. Meals and transportation are provided to senior citizens 60 years of age or older. An HMS staff member will return your call to schedule an assessment. Depending on availability, applicants may be placed on a waiting list.
Senior Citizens (55+) Mobile Food Pantry 3rd Wednesday of each month at LDS Church, 3755 N Swan St (next to PNM), 575-388-5071: Must prove residence in Grant County. Start signing up by 9:30am Wednesday, pickup between 10am-12:30pm. Gospel Mission service.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program for Seniors. NM HSD partners with community organizations throughout the state to provide nutritious food to supplement the diet of Seniors who may be at risk for malnutrition. Currently, there are 5 regional centers and 122 tailgate sites located throughout the state who distribute a monthly box of food to eligible persons 60 years and older. Apply through the YESNM portal.
Silver City Senior Center: 205 W. Victoria St Silver City. 575-388-2545. Lunch Grab ‘n Go Monday through Friday from 12:00-12:30pm for free, donation if desired. Registration required. To reserve a meal, call 575-597-2967 before 9am M-F, and ask for Cassandra. Meals on Wheels program available for homebound Seniors; call 575-388-2545 to sign up.
S.P.I.N.- Supporting People In Need. Seasonal Overnight Shelter. Opens at 5pm for dinner daily. Men, Women, and Children, deliveries of commodities, medicine, other essentials to homebound individuals. 601 N. Gold St in the cul de sac at 7th St and Gold, 575-594-1128.
Watch this message from Silver City and Grant County officials and medical professionals about protecting your children and your family from COVID-19 given the significant increase in cases.
Resources Available in Silver City/Grant County during COVID-19 (food, utilities, shelter, medical, etc)
Updated December 15, 2021
This flyer is for printed distribution to agencies and clients, and lists resources of all kinds — community food support, shelter and utility assistance, options for transportation.
There are also medical contacts (including the VA, HMS, Family Support Services, and more) and resources listed for Counseling & Support (including sexual assault, mental health, suicide prevention and others).
There are websites listed that can offer more information on diverse subjects, including COVID-19 updates.