Know your rights as a worker during the pandemic. You have rights to paid sick leave and family leave during the Covid 19 crisis. Find information about your rights, programs to help families, and advocacy to ensure that all New Mexicans have access to critical services at New Mexico Poverty Law Center. For Eviction Rights, Worker Rights, and Support Programs go to www.nmpovertylaw.org/covid-19-resources
Housing and Utility Assistance
Millions of immigrants are working on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, risking their health and well-being every day to keep our society going. And yet, many immigrants were left out of the CARES Act relief. The COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund is providing financial support to immigrant families who have been left out of the federal government’s relief efforts. Immigrants may be eligible to receive a $500 grant to help cover whatever is most pressing in their lives.
Find out more at https://missionassetfund.org/
WATER UTILITY AND RENTAL ASSISTANCE FOR BAYARD RESIDENTS
Are you a Bayard resident that needs help with water and rent?CARES Act funding is available to help Bayard residents with water utility and rent bills. Call Bayard City Hall at 575-537-3327 for more information on application procedures.
RECEIVE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE UNDER THE NEW PNM COVID CUSTOMER RELIEF PROGRAM
PNM customers needing financial assistance with their electricity bills can apply through the new PNM Covid Customer Relief Program. Eligibility is based on household income:
· $50-$200 per eligible residential customer, $150-$200 per eligible small business. The amount of financial assistance provided will vary depending on how much is past due.
· Qualified customers must pay at least 25% of the past-due balance you must apply no later than December 31, or until funds last, by calling PNM at 855-364-2950 Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM – 6 PM or visit PNM.com.
Assistance is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A full list of eligibility and requirements is available at PNM.com/help
The need for electricity in your home during a pandemic is critical, especially with furloughs, reduced work hours, online schooling, keeping cool during the heat of the summer, and so many people still working from home. The New Mexico Human Services Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the PNM Good Neighbor Fund program are working together to help low-income families pay their electric bill. Getting behind on your electric bill while you are already struggling can be worrisome or even overwhelming, but there is assistance available right now that can help low income families, but you must work with both the state’s LIHEAP program and the PNM Good Neighbor Fund program to get the most amount of money. Find out how here.
Homewise, a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping create and maintain successful homeowners, is offering mortgage assistance to those affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Mortgage Assistance Fund helps those in our community who do not qualify for unemployment or government assistance. If you are having difficulty paying your mortgage and do not qualify for assistance at this time, contact a Homewise representative at (505) 983-9473 or visit the Homewise website.
The rental assistance program assists eligible homeless or precariously housed persons with security and utility deposits, up to 11 months rental assistance, and past due rent or utility bills. For more information, contact the Western Regional Housing Authority.
WNM Communications is offering free installation and 30 days of free service to get internet into homes where it is needed. They will not disconnect an existing customer’s internet or phone service or assess late fees if you call 800-535-2330 and let them know.