New Mexico eviction prevention and homeless assistance.
New Mexico uses grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, to help families facing eviction as well as foreclosure. While the types of resources offered will vary by town and county, it can include emergency one time rent help, legal aid, and counseling. The currently homeless in New Mexico may also benefit from government programs, including transitional housing and assistance with paying the security deposit on a new home or residence.
The Continuum of Care was created by HUD in an effort to help minimize and ideally solve the problem of homelessness, both in New Mexico and nationally. There are also Emergency Solution Grants (ESG). Each and every year, the state receives funding as part of this. The assistance programs are administered at the local level by various charities and non-profits. While the exact make up of what is offered in each town will vary, some of the main components are as follows.
SHP - Supportive Housing Program is a combination of shelter, case management, and financial aid for those that are currently homeless. Funds issued help people live in a new, affordable low income home or apartment. They can also attend job training and placement in an effort to increase their skills or income. When ready to move into a new home, cash assistance may be offered for paying a security deposit or other rental costs.
The disabled in New Mexico may benefit from Shelter Plus Care. This HUD sponsored program offers housing and related supportive services on a long-term basis. It is for those New Mexico residents with a mental illness or disability. There are a few components to Plus Care that can offer subsidized rental homes. They include the following.
Sponsor-based Rental Assistance (SRA) as well as TBRA - Tenant-based Rental Assistance. Both of these will offer qualified low income families with financial support, housing, and many other services. There is also a Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation Program for Single Room Occupancy homes in New Mexico.
Transitional housing and shelters are often available in New Mexico as part of HUD and the Continuum of Care. They can be for individuals that were just evicted or the more longer term homeless. Not only do people get a place to stay, but they also can be given case management, referrals, and help with other basic needs. As the guest stabilizes, they can explore government benefits or be referred to non-profits that offer grants for paying a portion of rent on a new apartment. So the transitional housing units can lead to permanent placement.
Direct eviction assistance is an option. While more limited, and dependent on funding levels, tenants that have a notice from their landlord may qualify for emergency rental help. Some of the non-profits in New Mexico may issue a loan for this. It will provide the family time to regain their footing or find a more stable living arrangement.
In addition to that, some Continuum of Care agencies can help with past due utility bills or coordinate legal support for low income tenants. All of this, and more, is done in an effort to keep the individual or family housed and to stop an impending eviction. However if the applicant is just too far behind, or is not close to self-sufficiency, then this type of aid is probably not available.
Local contacts for homeless prevention in New Mexico
There are a few main agencies to contact for more information or referrals. They can often redirect clients to local sites that are more convenient to them.
- Albuquerque Continuum of Care is administered by the several different agencies as well as charities in the region. They partner together to stop evictions and homelessness in the region. Dial 505-245-1735 for referrals. Or see more below on county resources.
- Bernalillo County residents can also try Catholic Charities for eviction prevention or government grants for their rent. The number is (505) 270-9284. Or find other resources for homeless prevention in Bernalillo County.
- For areas, towns and counties outside of the Albuquerque region, residents should dial the local United Way 211 service for information on homeless assistance programs.
- The greater Dona Ana region is supported by the non-profit Mesilla Valley Community of Hope. (575) 523-2219. There are also other Dona Ana County homeless prevention and rehousing programs.
- Santa Fe families, both in the city and county, can call The Life Link at (505) 438-0010 for referrals.