Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Catholic Charities assistance programs.

Social services, self-sufficiency, and other assistance programs are provided by Catholic Charities in Albuquerque New Mexico. The human service programs focus on the less fortunate, and resources are offered to provide families and individuals help with meeting their basic needs. Some of the focus is on housing, rent, homeless prevention, immigration, and education.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Catholic Charities, and the New Mexico Housing Authority have partnered together to create the Courtroom Advocacy Homeless Prevention program.  This resource can assist renters who have fallen behind in their monthly payments and who are facing an eviction due to illness, medical condition or other unforeseen emergency circumstances. Qualified families can be provided up to one month’s rental assistance, mediation/communication with landlords, case management services and advice, and referrals and information on other social services agencies or charities that operate in the Albuquerque region.

The Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) will also focus on helping people gain self-sufficiency. The program can assist economically disadvantaged and low income individuals and families by providing them with job development services and other life skills in order to help clients become self-sufficient over the midterm. Applicants need to be unemployed, have had a significant decrease in income or are facing an eviction. Income levels and other conditions also apply in order to receive rental assistance.

The Catholic Charity program Albuquerque’s Continuum of Care for Enhanced Support Services (ACCESS) can provide job development, transitional and permanent housing, case management, social services, housing counseling, and skills training. ACCESS was created from non-profits and government agencies including SAFE House, Healthcare for the Homeless, Catholic Charities, as well as St. Martin’s Hospitality Center.

Immigration services as well as legal assistance for citizenship are offered. Catholic Charities is one of the nation’s leading organizations that help immigrants and refugees, and they are very active throughout the state of New Mexico and Bernalillo County on a wide range of issues. Support and services are offered for educational outreach to shelters, state government offices, law enforcement, other nonprofit agencies, and a host of other resources.





Education programs are wide ranging. Some of them are listed below. The Adult Education Program in Albuquerque is free of charge, and there are both evening and daytime classes. The sessions and classes usually are offered from September to May, and cover a wide range of issues. Classes offered by Catholic charities and their partner agencies include:

  • English as a Second Language (ESL), which has different levels.
  • General Educational Development (GED) – Get advice and support on taking the GED exam. This is a preparation class to further educate the community.
  • Citizenship Test Preparation - Classes are offered completely in English for more advanced students, and can be a combined Spanish/English for beginners.
  • Computer classes – Students can receive technology skills such as mail and Internet use, word processing, English conversation, and typing.

Early childhood education is provided by Bernalillo County Catholic Charity learning centers. Services provided include affordable, quality childcare for the children of working parents and children of those parents who are currently attending adult education or training classes at Catholic Charities. The centers provide people with a safe, healthy and developmentally appropriate learning environment. Quality early childhood education classes are available for children of low-income families. Participants can gain the respect for the cultural diversity of children through bilingual communication, multicultural learning materials, and shared experiences. Also get the freedom and opportunity for children to develop socially, physically, and emotionally.

Low-income seniors can benefit from Hibernian House. This program offers them access to an affordable and safe housing community in Albuquerque. Catholic Charities has partnered with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Jewish Family Services, and the City of Albuquerque. Low income seniors will be able to receive rent subsidies and vouchers that will be based on their income. Participants of these housing programs will usually need to contribute 30% of their monthly adjusted income towards paying their rent. Participants may also take advantage of on-site case management and social services.





Gateway to Self-Sufficiency - Proyecto La Luz is offered to those who are currently homeless. Programs can help people access housing and other government benefits. In order to receive rent or housing assistance, participants will be required to attend school full time and/or work in an effort to increase their income. People also will be able to access all supportive services and assistance programs for which they are eligible. This includes help preparing a budget; attend life skills workshops and Catholic Charity counseling. Their rent payment will be subsidized for up to two years, with participants contributing 30% of their total adjusted household income towards paying their monthly rent.

Partners in Housing will offer permanent housing for single parent families and the chronically homeless in Albuquerque New Mexico. Adults that have a disabling condition may also benefit. Participants receive assistance with paying for and obtaining housing, child care, government disability benefits, counseling, and other services. Catholic Charities also partners with Barrett House in an effort to end homelessness.

Albuquerque New Mexico Catholic Charity locations

3301 Candelaria NE Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107, call 505-724-4670
2010 Bridge SW Albuquerque, NM 87105, phone 505-247-0442
4985 Airport Rd Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507, dial 505-424-9789




By Jon McNamara

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