Rent assistance in Albuquerque area.

Albuquerque and Bernalillo County charities, non-profits and churches can help pay rent and offer housing assistance. Get information, names, and phone numbers of who to call for rental or security deposit assistance in the Albuquerque New Mexico area.

The agencies, not for profits, government resources and charities you will find below have specific services and programs that focus on providing emergency rental assistance and eviction prevention services. Some agencies may provide direct cash grants or money, while others offer landlord/tenant disputes and free legal aid to contest an eviction filing.

Some non-profits may offer other forms of housing support, such as utilities, funds to pay security deposits or repairs to homes. However each and every Albuquerque New Mexico based organization is committed to keeping people in their homes and apartments, and preventing homelessness. It is recognized that it is easier to help an individual pay their rent and stay in their apartment then seeing someone be evicted and lose their housing.

Joy Junction - The center is an emergency homeless shelter for families, couple, women, and a limited number of single men. Meals are offered to guests only. 877-6967.

Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless 766-5197 - A great place to call for information and referral to Albuquerque programs, including rental assistance. They administer social work assistance, housing support programs, crisis intervention, and offer help with and offer assistance in applying for government benefits.

Barrett House - Night shelter is available as a form of emergency help. It is only offered for at most three weeks. Only Woman and Children are served. Phone 243-4887





Southwest Neighborhoods Housing Services. Phone number 243-5511. Offers homebuyers training, landlord/tenant counseling, budgeting classes, foreclosure avoidance, home rehabilitation program, and help for refinancing existing loans for the Albuquerque area.

Catholic Charities of Albuquerque New Mexico. Phone 247-9521 Offers many forms of social services, as well as information on rental and housing services. Among the programs available include it provides housing for single mothers, Immigration Info and even offers such activities as computer class training and English as a second language. Find other assistance from Catholic Charities.

Good Shepherd Manor. Shelter is available for men only. It is available from 7 nights up to 7 months. Clients get a place to stay as well as help in finding permanent housing. Call 898-0177

Albuquerque Department of Family and Community Services, which can be reached at (505) 768-2860, can direct residents to housing assistance programs. The main one they run is the Homelessness Prevention Fund, which offers funds to help pay rent (both current and back) in an emergency.





The section 8 housing voucher program is also administered in the county. The Albuquerque Housing Authority runs the HUD funded rent subsidy and Public Housing Program, and the organization can be reached at (505)764-3920.

H.E.L.P New Mexico 265-3717 - This non-profit helps with paying rent, utility and cooling bills. The non-profit can offer employment opportunities, child care and counseling services too. A focus is on offering Bernalillo County residents short term housing solutions, which includes possible help with paying for security deposits and longer term self-sufficiency.

Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity - This national based non-profit uses donations of volunteer funds and labor, money and materials to build simple, yet high quality and decent affordable housing for Albuquerque’s low income families. Call 265-0057

HOME New Mexico - The government program provides down payment assistance for families with disabilities, counseling, and homebuyers training. 889-9486

Law Access New Mexico - Work with a legal counselor or attorney on a pro-bono basis to get help with Landlord/Tenant disputes. They can advise people on their eviction rights, and also help deal with issues such as unsafe housing. Call 998-4529

Another place to get free legal help for landlord/tenant disputes is New Mexico Legal Aid. Call the firm at 243-7871 to get free legal services and advice for low- income individuals.

Methodist Children’s Home - Get access to case management, counseling, and information on assistance, including general life skills and self-sufficiency programs. Call 255-8740

New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority - The not-for-profit agency provides a variety of housing finance programs and foreclosure prevention for low-income Albuquerque and Bernalillo County New Mexicans. Programs, including loans, can also help first time homebuyers. Call 843-6880.

Noon Day Ministry. Call for rent and/or other housing and utility assistance. Call 246-8001




Department of Senior Affairs, which can be reached at 764-6400, runs different assistance programs, offers referrals for housing programs in the community, and other aid. Many elderly and seniors in Bernalillo County have unique housing needs.

Home Education Livelihood Program of Albuquerque can be reached at (505) 265-3717. The non-profit may have information on loans for paying rent, utility assistance programs, and cash grants from the federal TANF program among other aid.

Family Legal Assistance Group offers low income families in Bernalillo County with free or low cost eviction prevention and assistance. Other housing issues can be addressed, and they may coordinate landlord/tenant mediation. Free lawyers also help with housing discrimination, including for immigrants, minorities or Spanish speakers. (505) 256-0417

Women’s Housing Coalition  - The center provides low cost, yet high quality affordable housing for women who are single, with families and those with children. They need to have no husbands or boyfriends. Call the center at 884-8856.

St. Martins administers rental assistance. The charity helps pay security deposits and offers forms of one time, short term rent assistance. Call 843-9405

St. Vincent De Paul Society is made up of a partnership of Albuquerque churches, and the charity organization provides emergency financial assistance and grants for paying rent, food expenses, utilities, housing items and other reasonable requests. In addition, the charity also operates two thrift stores which have a variety of used household goods, clothing, and furniture. Social workers can help people find affordable housing as well as apply for assistance paying rent, and they also work with local churches. Call the charity at 346-1500.

Charities operate programs such as RAP - Rental Assistance as well as homeless prevention/rehousing. They rely on federal government grants from ESG to provide various services. There may be help for paying rent arrears, moving expenses, deposits to set up new utility service, and other short term help to stop an eviction. Find details on eviction prevention in Albuquerque.

The Bernalillo County Salvation Army (phone 881-4293) offers several forms of emergency rental assistance and funds for low income persons. In order to get rent help you need to have an eviction notice and meet income requirements. Also apply for other housing needs such as emergency utility assistance for persons with shut off notices. Casework services to local transient persons, shelter, and information on New Mexico and government housing programs also offered.





SER de New Mexico - Speak to a counselor for homeownership pre and post counseling, landlord/tenant eviction prevention counseling and advice. The free guidance or legal support can also assist with homeownership foreclosure default counseling and learn about jobs or local GED programs. Call 268-4500.


By Jon McNamara

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