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Sandoval County assistance programs.

Below you will find information on how to get help in Sandoval County and Bernalillo New Mexico. There are numerous agencies, charities, and non-profit organizations that help low to moderate income residents, the unemployed, working poor, elderly, and others.

Social services, assistance programs, and information

Storehouse West will help individuals and families that are experiencing a short term need for help, which may include those who are out of work, that have no unemployment benefits or whose benefits have ended, individuals on welfare or people who are currently waiting for their first employment check. They can also aid those who receive regular assistance on who may be on TANF, Food Stamps, Disability and low income Senior Citizens.

Some of the services offered include Rent Payment Assistance, Baby Clothing, Baby Furniture, Diapers, Food Pantries, General Clothing Provision, or Personal/Grooming Supplies from the clothing closet. There may also be referrals to grants for Security and Rental Deposit Assistance, School Clothing, Utility and Cooling Bill Payment Assistance. They are based in Rio Rancho but service the entire county. Call (505) 892-2077, or read more Storehouse West programs.

The local community action agency is also a great resource to contact. HELP New Mexico, Inc. can assist residents of Sandoval County New Mexico.

Among other programs they offer include rent help from the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program (HPRP). Among other services offered by HPRP include short to medium term rental assistance, money for utility bills, funds for paying utility and security deposits, moving costs, and other aid.

Another option is the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program. This offers a variety of aid, including counseling, employment services, information on government programs, possible emergency financial assistance, and more. One of the biggest needs for people across the nation, and in Sandoval County, is the need for mortgage help. The community action agency may be able to assist here as well. Click here to learn more on mortgage programs, including foreclosure mediation,  or call them at the number below.

Call HELP at (505) 265-3717 to apply for aid or get information.





Sandoval Catholic Charities is a leading human services agency to call in the region. The non-profit and the churches that partner with the organization have a few key needs that they focus on, however they can also serve as a source of referrals and guidance for any low income family or individual in the region.

Some examples of the services offered include the following. The Gateway to Self-Sufficiency is for homeless families and women in the region. Many people are able to enroll into Catholic Charity education and job training resources, as increasing your income is the long term key to self-sufficiency. A rental assistance program may have limited funds for people facing eviction or a disconnection of their utility service. Other crisis services include food, meals, shelter, and assistance for seniors. Learn more.

El Pueblo Health Services is a community clinic that can offer medical care on a sliding fee scale based on income. The uninsured may also receive assistance. However various forms of insurance are also accepted including  Medicaid Managed Care, CHIP, and the general relief fund. 121 Calle Del Presidente, Bernalillo NM. Call (505) 867-2324.

Five Sandoval Indian Pueblos, Inc. provides a number of mental health and rehab services in Sandoval County. Dial (505) 867-3351 for intake.

Sandoval County temporary and transitional housing programs are available for the recently evicted and homeless. Some resources are for low income families, single parents, and immigrants. Other programs are more readily available. Qualified residents can receive a place to stay, meals, possibly financial aid for paying security deposits on a new home, and other support. Click here.

Rio Rancho Family Health Center is a local community clinic. A sliding fee/variable billing program is in place for people who do not have health insurance. The center provides mental health, substance abuse, family care and general outpatient medical assistance to the needy and low income. 184 Unser Blvd. NE, Rio Rancho New Mexico. Telephone (505) 896-0928.

Homeless and eviction prevention assistance is available in Sandoval County. Once all conditions have been met, qualified low to income or formerly homeless families may be provided financial help. Housing expenses covered by a loan or grant can include deposits, back rent, lease application fees, and more. Note some of this support is for relocating an applicant into a new, more affordable apartment. Read more Sandoval eviction help.




Food pantries and vouchers

St. Felix Pantry, Inc. is a local food pantry that will serve people and families from Rio Rancho and Bernalillo as well as the surrounding areas. They provide free food, groceries and clothing as available. Dial (505) 891-8075.

There are additional organizations that offer food. Some will provide other assistance as well. This can include, but is not limited too, free Christmas meals or presents, clothing, or even a Meals on Wheels service. More on Sandoval County food banks.


By Jon McNamara

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