Gov. Lujan Grisham announces $20 million in housing stability awards

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Department of Treasury and Administration (DFA) today announced grants totaling over $20 million to 41 organizations across New Mexico to help provide housing stability services to at-risk communities and helping renters overcome housing obstacles in New Mexico. These grants were made available through the New Mexico Home Fund, formerly known as the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

“Our efforts to combat housing and homelessness must be broad-based 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 get this living space,” said Governor Lujan Grisham. “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 to their housing situation,” DFA said 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 landlord and tenant
  • housing advice
  • Case management related to housing stability
  • Specialized services for people with disabilities or seniors that support their ability to find or maintain housing
  • Legal services or attorneys’ fees related to eviction proceedings and maintaining housing stability
  • Housing-related services for survivors of domestic violence or human trafficking
  • Clearance Prevention and Clearance Diversion Programs
  • Apartment navigators that help households access emergency rental assistance programs or find an apartment

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.

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