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Eviction prevention in New Mexico.

People facing eviction or homelessness in New Mexico will get help. The state, and local non-profits, provide grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, to help families facing eviction or there are also lawyers for tenants with a pay or quit notice . There are also programs that rehouse homeless people. Find homeless prevention and rapid rehousing programs near you in NM below.

While the types of resources offered will vary by town and county (which are listed below), it can include emergency one time rent help, free legal aid, landlord mediation or intervention, and counseling. There are programs that help low-income NM families that have an eviction or foreclosure notice too. 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 apartment.

Government rehousing and eviction prevention in NM

The federal government, state of NM, and non-profits partner on the Continuum of Care as well as ESG grants. The program was created by HUD in an effort to help minimize and ideally solve the problem of homelessness, both in New Mexico and nationally. Immigrants, single moms or the poor in New Mexico as well as tenants facing eviction or homelessness can apply to the following near them.

  • Emergency Solution Grants (ESG). Each year, the state receives funding as part of this. The financial 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 will offer everything from a motel voucher to homeless people to grant money for a tenant or legal aid to homeowners. The grants can be issued in an emergency to low-income families about to be evicted.
  • SHP - Supportive Housing Program is a combination of homeless 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 if they need a place to go after an eviction, and many other services. There is also a Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation Program for Single Room Occupancy homes in New Mexico.
  • New Mexico housing authorities arrange low-income housing and apartments. Section 8 homes or apartments can be offered to people who are close to eviction or that were homeless in the past. More on Section 8 housing vouchers in New Mexico.

Stop evictions and help for the homeless from charities

Transitional housing and homeless 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 prevention assistance in New Mexico is an option for tenants While more limited, and dependent on funding levels, low-income 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 non-profit or Continuum of Care agencies can help with past due utility bills or coordinate legal support for low income tenants with an eviction. 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.

  • New Mexico legal aid is provided. Government grants, pro-bono or volunteer lawyers and other agencies help both tenants and homeowners. There is free advice, emergency hot lines and other support for people who rent, and learn about free NM tenant rights.





Local contacts for homeless prevention in New Mexico

There are a few main agencies to contact for more information or referrals for homeless prevention and rehousing in New Mexico near you. They can often redirect clients to local sites that are more convenient to them.


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