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Assistance programs in Doņa Ana County.

There are a number of financial aid programs, places that give free items, churches for free food, charitable rent assistance programs and other services in Dona Ana County. A list of non-profits, community clinics for medical care, cash assistance, and government grant programs in the Las Cruces area are below. Get financial help for paying utility bills, security deposits, and other support.

Rent help and eviction prevention

Government funds from Emergency Solution Grants is provided to Las Cruces and Dana Ana County New Mexico to provide housing and emergency rent help. The money is allocated each year to any one of several different non-profits. These agencies are then involved in managing the distribution of federal grants to help prevent homelessness in all counties across the state. There may be ESG money for everything from utility or water bills to rent or security deposits. Dial 575-524-7561 for referrals.

The program is known as MFA’s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program, and it provides services and other financial assistance to those facing homelessness or those who may have recently been evicted. The Housing Authority of Las Cruces will be the local agency passing out the free grants.

Some of the aid provided includes:

  • Help paying both utility and security deposits
  • Rental payments and also utility bill payments for up to 18 months
  • Hotel or motel vouchers and free rooms for up to 30 days
  • Help finding a home and money to pay for moving costs
  • Money management, budgeting, and credit repair counseling.

Another agency to try is the Housing Authority Of The City Of Las Cruces And Dona Ana County. Rental assistance programs are available to eligible low income individuals and families in the city of Las Cruces and Dona Ana County New Mexico. Dial (575) 528-2000.

Financial assistance for mortgage, rent, utility bills, and other aid

The Salvation Army of Las Cruces offers numerous assistance programs, including Utility Bill Assistance if you have received a disconnection notice. There may be help paying rent if the individuals has received an eviction notice, but note that in order to receive aid there must be some sort of income coming into the household. Mortgage Assistance may be available if owe past due on your home loan. Other resources are the Dona Ana County thrift store and food pantry. Last, but not least, prescription medication funds may be available. Dial (575) 524-1044, or read more Salvation Army Dona Ana County.




New Mexico Department Of Human Services - Income Support Division provides help for paying utility and energy bills from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Dial (888) 473-3676

There are other public assistance and government benefits available from Human Services in Dona Ana County. Medical or dental care needs can be met by Centennial Care, and families that need help with food can apply for SNAP. Government grants can also be issued as part of the state’s general assistance, and those funds can be used for paying bills such as rent, clothing, or security deposits. Other support can include loans, child care, and more. Continue with Dona Ana public assistance.

Outreach and Children's Activities offers help to families and individuals with clothing, shelter, clothing, and utility and cooling bills. They agency will also provide assistance in preparation of forms and taxes, and also offer referral services to families to other agencies, both federal government programs, state programs, New Mexico foreclosure mediation, and local charities in Dona Ana County New Mexico. Call (575) 496-3833.

Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico, Inc. can be reached at (505) 527-9028. They offer programs such as the weatherization - Energy$mart Program. This will help people save money on their utility bills by providing such upgrades as installation to water heaters, tune up, repair or replace the refrigerator or water heaters, and will replace incandescent light bulbs with CFL light bulbs. Free food is offered through programs such as TEFAP and FEMA. They can also direct people to health clinics, and help them find health insurance.

Prison Family Services are offered for inmate families and people who recently live jail/prison. Individuals can receive help with clothing, utilities, and shelter/housing as resources are available. Activities in the Dona Ana community are held for inmate families, and particular children. Get help and advice in preparing tax returns, as well as referral services for families to other agencies. Las Cruces, NM 88004, call (575) 496-3833

Children ow income seniors, and working poor can get free help at the holidays. Dona Ana based churches, charities, and non-profits pass out items. There is everything from free Christmas gifts to food baskets, hot meals served, and more. Continue with Las Cruces and Dona Ana County Christmas and holiday assistance.

A statewide non-profit, HELP-NM, provides services to those that are less fortunate. The agency coordinates job training, employment resources, transitional housing and limited amounts of financial aid in a crisis. The organization focuses on assisting people and helping Dona Ana County residents gain self-sufficiency. Find details on financial assistance from HELP-NM.





Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority deals with homeownership and housing issues. Among them, they run the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program in Las Cruces and Doņa Ana County. The vouchers can help make clients monthly rent more affordable. A similar service is the Section 8 Homeownership Program, which allows qualified families the ability to use the Section 8 voucher assistance toward home loans and mortgage payments.

Catholic Charities in Las Cruces provides a wide variety of social services. They include, but are not limited too (1) assistance for immigrants (documented or not) and migrant workers or Spanish speakers; (2) free legal aid around immigration or green cards as well as for DV violence; (3) free basic needs including food, hot meals, clothes and more; (4) referrals, or limited financial help to pay the bills. There are other resources too. More on Las Cruces and Dona Ana County Catholic Charities.

Housing and foreclosure counseling

Tierra Del Sol Housing Corporation (575) 882-3554 can both help someone buy a home, and provide counseling and foreclosure assistance to those who may need it.

Both debt and foreclosure assistance

YWCA Credit Counseling & Home Ownership Center, which is based in Las Cruces and can be reached at (575) 532-1222, offers both foreclosure counseling and a Debt Management Program. The DMP plans, arranges, and administers repayment plans and debt reduction solutions for your medical and credit card debt that you can afford and that credit will accept. Bankruptcy counseling and advice is also provided.

Emergency food in Dona Ana

Casa de Peregrinos (phone (575) 523-5542) provides free food packages and groceries to families and individuals who need assistance. This particular non-profit will tend to offer free food to those residents in any kind of crisis or emergency situation.

Locate additional food banks - Dona Ana County is served by several charities as well as USDA funded programs. The locations, which are scattered across the county and the city of Las Cruces, offer hot meals, free food, and even clothing.

Examples of the pantries include Calvary Baptist Church (575-522-7900), Casa De Peregrinos (dial 575 523-5542) and many others. Many also provide free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals too.

There are several other free food pantries and soup kitchens in Dona Ana County. Not only may they have groceries or snacks for children living in poverty, but applications can also be given to benefits such as SNAP food stamps or USDA groceries. More details on Dona Ana County food pantries.





Health care for those without insurance

Patients can contact St. Luke's Health Care Clinic, which is a Dona Ana County facility that offers limited, temporary health care to low income and those without health insurance. Phone (575) 527-5482. The working poor, including immigrants and Spanish speakers, have other programs available to them as well. Learn more on free or low cost health care services.

La Clinica De Familia, Inc. will help with the well-being of all people of Southern New Mexico through Social Services and Community Health. They oversee Migrant Health Centers and clinics, as well as offer Head Start for local children and families.

First Step Center is run in partnership with doctors, nurses, and the medical community in Dona Ana County. The location can bring affordable, high quality pediatric and women's health care to residents of the Southern New Mexico region. 390 Calle De Alegra, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005, dial (575) 556-8200


By Jon McNamara

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