$20 million in housing stability awards

STATE NEWS:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Department of Treasury and Administration (DFA) on Monday announced more than $20 million in grants to 41 organizations across New Mexico to support the delivery of housing stability services to at-risk communities and to help renters navigate New Mexico housing obstacles.

These grants were made available through the New Mexico Home Fund, formerly known as the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

“Our efforts to address housing and homelessness must take a holistic approach and focus not only on helping New Mexicans find an affordable and comfortable place to live, but also on providing them with the tools they need to preserve that housing,” Governor Lujan Grisham said. “We are working to create a wide range of housing options that meet New Mexicans who need help where they are.”

“The Housing Stability Program is an opportunity to partner with organizations that are helping the most vulnerable communities with additional direct assistance in navigating aid and providing a lifeline for their housing situation,” said DFA Secretary Debbie Romero. “We are working with community partners to achieve more lasting outcomes for the most vulnerable New Mexicans through our residential stability programs.”

The winning projects were selected based on proposals from municipalities, community-based organizations and coalitions to support DFA efforts to stabilize housing.

Funded projects focus on one or more of the following:

  • Mediation between landlords and tenants;
  • housing advice;
  • case management relating to housing stability;
  • Specialized services for people with disabilities or the elderly that support their ability to find or maintain housing;
  • legal services or attorneys’ fees related to eviction proceedings and maintaining home stability;
  • housing related services for survivors of domestic violence or human trafficking;
  • evacuation prevention and evacuation diversion programs;
  • housing navigators, who help households access emergency housing assistance programs or find housing; and
  • Housing Stability Partners will work directly with constituents in their communities.

The Housing Stability Program is managed by the New Mexico Community Trust (NMCT) on behalf of DFA. NMCT is a New Mexico-based philanthropic organization that provides financial and administrative support and builds capacity for the social sector. The NMCT-DFA partnership represents an innovative model for government agencies and non-profit organizations to work together to deliver federal funds to communities through a network of grassroots organizations.

The New Mexico Home Fund helps renters and homeowners in New Mexico pay their rent, mortgage, and utility bills. The program is funded by the US Treasury Department and administered by the New Mexico Department of Treasury and Administration. The aid provided does not have to be repaid. To date, nearly 60,000 homes have received over $200 million in rent and utility grants and $11 million in mortgage grants. For more information visit www.nmhomefund.org.

Award Winners/Programs for Housing Stability:

  • Albuquerque Affordable Housing Coalition;
  • amparo;
  • Casa Milagro;
  • Center for Civic Policy/NM Dream Team;
  • center Savila;
  • Chainbreaker Collective;
  • Violence in the city of Albuquerque Intervention Program/Trauma recreation center;
  • Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico;
  • crisis center in northern New Mexico;
  • crossing for females;
  • Cuidando Los Ninos;
  • DreamTree Project;
  • Circle of Dona Ana;
  • East Central Ministries;
  • El Camino Real Housing Authority;
  • Enlace Communitario;
  • Esperanza accommodation;
  • hopeworks;
  • Las Cumbres
  • Luna Healing House;
  • New Mexico Black Leadership Council;
  • New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness;
  • New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions;
  • Eviction Prevention and Rerouting Program in New Mexico;
  • New Mexico Immigrant Law Center;
  • legal aid in New Mexico;
  • partnership for community action;
  • partnership with the community of San Juan;
  • self help;
  • Southwest Native Asset Coalition;
  • St Elizabeth’s Shelter;
  • Supporting housing association
  • tender love;
  • The Life Connection;
  • United Way of Lea County;
  • UNM Pathways Program: Stable Homes and Healthy Communities Initiative;
  • Veteran Offgrid;
  • Vision Sankofa;
  • women in leadership;
  • YES housing; and
  • Youth Heart Line.

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