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.
Housing and Utility Assistance
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 provides free WiFi at the following locations. Please stay in your cars and practice social distancing.
- Santa Clara – Splash Park
- Silver City – Gough Park
- Cliff – WNMC Office
- Hurley – Ball Park
- Bayard – Community Center
- Lordsburg – R V Taylor Elementary
- Glenwood – Library
- Reserve – Library & School
- Magdalena – Library
- Datil – Schools
- Quemado – School
- Mimbres – San Lorenzo Elementary
- Deming – Nacio Park, John T Waites & Splash Park
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.
LIHEAP assists eligible persons and families with their heating and cooling costs.
New Mexico courts have placed a temporary moratorium on eviction. Residents who have received an eviction notice should call the state’s COVID-19 general hotline at 1-833-551-0518. You must provide the court with evidence of current inability to pay rent at your hearing on the eviction petition.