Emergency Rental Assistance

Dear Friend,

This year has been hard on our communities and finding a way to pay rent should not be another source of stress. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan which Congresswoman Leger Fernandez helped pass in Congress, New Mexico received $170 million for rental and utility assistance. 

Our office is working to distribute the information below; details on the Emergency Rental Assistance Program and how to apply.  Please forward this email to any community organizations or resources in your community who may be able to provide it to individuals or families in need.

I am also respectfully requesting that you share any contact information for such organizations with me by responding to this email.  This will be helpful as we work to build our contact lists in an effort to best support each and every community. 

Here is the information on the assistance program:

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program is here to help renters having trouble paying for rent, utilities, or other housing costs. Applications are open until August 31.

What is covered?
Rent, utility bills (electric and gas), water and sewer, trash removal, and other expenses related
to housing costs such as hotel/motel costs.

¿Qué cubre? 
Alquiler, facturas de servicios públicos, esto incluye la electricidad y el gas, agua y alcantarillado, recolección de basura, aceite combustible y otros gastos relacionados con el alojamiento, como los gastos de hotel/motel. 

Who is eligible?

  • Must be obligated to pay rent; AND be able to demonstrate current primary residence in a housing unit in New Mexico
  • Able to show a financial impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • A household income that falls under the COVID-19 Housing Cost Assistance Program Income Limits
  • Unemployed and/or receiving unemployment benefits (optional)
  • Able to demonstrate risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability
  • Able to demonstrate rent and utility obligations incurred since March 30, 2020

¿Soy elegible?

  • Debe estar obligado a pagar el alquiler; y poder demostrar la residencia principal en una unidad de vivienda en Nuevo México
  • Capaz de mostrar un impacto financiero debido a la pandemia COVID-19
  • Un ingreso familiar que cae bajo los Límites de Ingresos del Programa de Asistencia para los Costos de Vivienda COVID-19
  • Desempleado y / o recibiendo beneficios por desempleo (opcional)
  • Capaz de demostrar el riesgo de experimentar la falta de vivienda o la inestabilidad de la vivienda
  • Capaz de demostrar las obligaciones de alquiler y servicios públicos incurridas desde el 30 de marzo de 2020

Where do I apply?
https://www.renthelpnm.org/renters/  or call 1-833-485-1334

¿Dónde se aplica para asistencia?
https://www.renthelpnm.org/renters/ o llame al 1-833-485-1334

Remember, you are not alone. New Mexico has already awarded over $1 million to residents and they can help you too. Check out renthelpnm.org to find out more information and apply.