Seniors 60+ in need of financial assistance may apply for this support, and may qualify if they do not exceed the 200% income threshold. Call the NM Aging and Long-term Services Department at 1-800-432-2080 to check eligibility.
Housing and Utility Assistance
The state of New Mexico will grant approximately $170M of federal aid to New Mexicans for rental and utility assistance to households experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) will administer the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) in partnership with the City of Albuquerque. New Mexicans can apply for assistance at www.RentHelpNM.org beginning April 5, 2021.
Renters across the state are eligible for the program — except for residents of Bernalillo County, Dona Ana County, and those who live in a pueblo or tribal area. Those two counties, as well as tribal governments, will administer their own Rental Assistance Programs. Those seeking assistance should review the current FAQ at www.RentHelpNM.org to learn more about eligibility and documentation needed for their application.
The state of New Mexico will either pay the landlord and/or the utility provider directly depending on the financial assistance request by the applicant. Landlords and utility providers are encouraged to download a W9 and submit it to DFA via ERAVendor.Relations@state.nm.us as soon as possible to ensure a streamlined process for receiving payment.
For more information visit www.RentHelpNM.org
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed a declaration determining that the evictions of tenants could be detrimental to public health control measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, and has issued a temporary halt in residential evictions through June 30.
The COVID-19 Housing Cost Assistance Program provides emergency housing grants to income-eligible households and residents of tribal lands experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 health crisis.
These grants are housing assistance payments made on behalf of income-eligible applicants and residents of tribal lands, up to $1,500 per month for a period of up to three (3) consecutive months, to maintain housing and/or to reduce housing cost delinquency due to the COVID-19 health crisis.
The NM Mortgage Finance Authority will pay your past-due housing payments directly to your landlord, mortgage or loan servicer, escrow company or other housing provider. The assistance does not have to be repaid.
Applications will be accepted beginning March 4, 2021. Click here to apply. To request that a paper application be mailed to you, call 505.308.4206 or 866.488.0498.
These flyers (English, Spanish) are for printed distribution to agencies and clients, and list 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.
And there are specific descriptions detailing how to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as how to get tested.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has ordered that tenants of tenants, lessees, or residents of residential properties may not be evicted until March 31, 2021 to lower the spread of Covid-19, provided they sign and submit the form listed below to their landlord.
Unless the CDC order is extended, changed, or ended, the order prevents you from being evicted or removed from where you are living through March 31, 2021. You are still required to pay rent and follow all the other terms of your lease and rules of the place where you live. You may also still be evicted for reasons other than not paying rent or making a housing payment.
For more information, check out this webpage.
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
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/
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.