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Utility and energy bill assistance programs New Mexico.

Low income customers in New Mexico may be able to get help with their utility bills. People have several different assistance programs that they can turn to for financial assistance. Learn how to get help from the utility companies themselves, including payment plans or abatements, with resources listed below. Or find information on free government grant programs to pay electric or light bills, charities, and non-profit organizations.

There are also free energy conservation or weatherization services in New Mexico along with the LIHEAP government financial aid program. Most of the grants and financial assistance is for the low income and people facing an unexpected hardship.

Find assistance directly from utility providers in New Mexico

Bernalillo County – Residents of this New Mexico County can get help with paying energy bills from St. Vincent De Paul. The charity is a Roman Catholic aid organization that may able to assist customers with paying gas and electricity bills, gas and some water bill accounts. Contact your local Roman Catholic SVDP parish at (505) 346-1500 for more information or call the Salvation Army.

Another option for Bernalillo County residents is the Home Education Livelihood Program. The HELP provides assistance with paying numerous expenses, including utilities, rent, groceries and free food vouchers. There are limits to the program, and only one type of assistance can be requested per year by a given household and people can use the program only once per year. Applicants must call to make an appointment to apply. Call 505-265-3714 or 505.265.3717.

El Paso Electric – The Project Care program is offered for New Mexico customers. This particular fund is administered by the El Paso County General Assistance and the money is used to help families and individual who are unable to pay for their electricity bill due to medical issues, a hardship or financial problems. Call 1-800-592-1634 to learn more or to apply for help.

El Paso Electric offers other programs for low income customers. Payment plans and installment arrangements may be entered into. The energy provider can also provide families information on government assistance such as LIHEAP. Find more energy bill help from El Paso Electric.

 

 

 

New Mexico Gas Company - Heat New Mexico is a relatively new heating bill assistance fund that is being made available to help low to moderate income-qualifying customers pay their heating bills this winter. This fund comes from donations from customers and the New Mexico Gas Company and is administered by the Salvation Army. Distribution of HEAT New Mexico funds begins on January 1st and continues as funds are available. For information on how to apply for HEAT New Mexico assistance this winter, call the Salvation Army at 505-872-1171 or NM Gas at 1-888-664-2726.

New Mexico Gas Company administers, or has information on, several other payment plans and assistance programs, including LIHEAP, weatherization, and shut off prevention. They also work with local non-profits and community action agencies. More on assistance programs from New Mexico Gas.

PNM - This energy provider has hundreds of thousands of customers in Albuquerque and the New Mexico area. They provide gas, electricity, and other services across the state. For those low income customers who are faced with a disconnection or who are struggling with paying their bills, they offer a number of resources.

Learn more, and apply for, payment plans, programs that are paid for by donations, LIHEAP, and conservation programs such as weatherization. Call 1-888-342-5766, or click here for a detailed list of PNM financial assistance programs.

Public Service Company of New Mexico runs the Good Neighbor Fund. This charity type program assists low to moderate income families with paying their heating and electric bills from November to April of each and every year or until all funds are dispersed to people who need help. The Salvation Army runs the program at the local level. Call them at 1-888-342-5766 or 505-881-4292 to apply or learn more.

Silver Horizons - The program may be able to provide assistance for paying heating and water bills. The financial aid can be provided for Bernalillo County residents age 60 and older who have received a disconnection notice for their utilities or water service. Applicants to this assistance program must be screened by the LIHEAP process to qualify. Dial 505-884-3881

 

 

 

 

Storehouse West – Low income and other residents may be able to receive assistance from this Rio Rancho agency. The financial aid and grants originate from Federal Emergency Management Agency, and cash is available until funds until the fiscal year's fund is depleted. Currently the program is for Sandoval County residents only, plus it can include also Taylor Ranch, Paradise Hills and residents with ZIP codes 87114 and 87120. Dial 505-892-2077

Statewide low income energy bill assistance programs

Government assistance is available. One program, known as LIHEAP, can provide cash grants for paying utility bills and there is even some financial assistance that may be available for paying air conditioning costs during the hot New Mexico summer months. The second option is weatherization, which will help families save money on their energy costs. This is a free program to those who are qualified. Continue with New Mexico low income energy assistance.

If your utility, gas, or electric company is not listed above, or if you do not qualify for government aid, then you still have options. Click here for additional utility or electric bill assistance programs. For example find how to get help from the federal government, learn about disconnection laws in New Mexico, and other programs that can help New Mexico families with energy bills.

By Jon McNamara

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