New Mexico has a rich history that is even older than the country’s history itself. The unemployment rates are low and the cost of living is reasonable compared to other states. There are various indoor, outdoor, and recreational activities for its residents. Even though it has its own attractions, low-income persons and families may go through difficult times to cover their living expenses. There is a wide range of programs and benefits for low income that are offered by the State of New Mexico, the federal government, and local nongovernmental organizations.
Financial and Cash Assistance
New Mexico Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is one of the popular financial assistance programs that was established by the federal government. This program was designed to offer cash support for low-income families and has been directed by the State of New Mexico. Low-income families with children who are up to 19 years of age or younger, pregnant women, and single mothers are the priority groups. The amount and the length of the monetary aid differ based on the applicants’ current financial status. Accepted parents will be joining employment classes to improve their skills and abilities to find a proper job. For more information and to apply, please visit https://www.hsd.state.nm.us/lookingforassistance/temporary_assistance_for_needy_families/ or reach out to the HelpLine at 800 432 6217.
New Mexico Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) was built and has been mandated by the New Mexico Department of Health for low-income pregnant women, breastfeeding women, children, and infants. Low-income women who have children are encouraged to make contact with this program. Families can apply on behalf of their children. The program aims to maintain the well-being and health of low-income mothers and children who are searching for cash assistance to support their families. Besides presenting cash assistance, beneficiaries of this program may request healthy and nutritious food support. Mothers may join educational courses about nutritious eating habits, breastfeeding information, and health care. Find out more information at https://www.nmhealth.org/about/phd/fhb/wic/ or dial 1 575 746 3664.
Housing and Rent Assistance
The New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority is a local non-profit organization that promotes housing, rental, and financial assistance for low-income people and families who are in need of any of these supports. Low and moderate-income persons and families are able to have a safe, decent, and low-cost house or cash assistance depending on their current economic status. Some of its current programs are as followed:
- New Mexico Homeowner Assistance Fund: This fund was created and has been funded both by this finance authority and the State of New Mexico for low and middle-income households whose dream is to own a house. Qualified people will be receiving up to $10,000 support to purchase a house.
- My Mortgage Loans: Low-income homeowners who are facing an eviction or who are having a hard time covering their expenses are welcome to apply for a mortgage loan. If it is urgent, contact this finance authority as quickly as possible.
- Home Repair and Energy Efficiency Program: It aims to maximize comfort and energy efficiency at homes. Low-income residents who need help with home repair or energy efficiency are encouraged to apply for this benefit.
- Homebuyers Program: This program was particularly designed for low-income households who are trying to have a home. Eligible participants will be obtaining at least $500 of funds.
- Housing Assistance Program: This program guides low-income persons and families who need emergency, temporary, or permanent housing. There are several housing options such as Elderly Housing, Housing for the Developmentally Disabled and Persons with Behavioral Health Needs, Housing for the Physically Disabled, Transitional Housing, Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS, Emergency Shelter, and Domestic Violence and Abuse Survivors.
Low-income single mothers, pregnant women, the elderly, veterans, and persons with disabilities are prioritized by some of the programs. Explore more opportunities through the following link https://housingnm.org/ or by phone at 505 843 6880.
The Move-in Assistance and Eviction Prevention Program was formed and has been financed by the Human Services Department of Behavioral Health Services Division for low and moderate-income individuals and families. This program aims to decrease poverty and homelessness across the state. Needy households who are having difficulties affording their rent, utility deposits, utilities, or other housing expenses are welcome to apply for this program. Applicants who are suffering from a serious illness are attached priority. Accepted people will be receiving financial assistance to cover their housing needs or will be settled in temporary or permanent housing. Find out more information at https://newmexico.networkofcare.org/mh/content or make a phone call at 833 545 4357.
The New Mexico Healthy Kids Healthy Communities Program was formed and has been sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Health for low-income children or low-income families with children. The main aim of this program is to promote healthy eating habits and physical activity for children to avoid from obesity and subsequent chronic diseases. Eligible families and children may benefit from other health services. Read more information at https://www.nmhealth.org/about/phd/pchb/hknm/ or contact 505 239 7826.
New Mexico Centennial Care (Medicaid) is the main health assistance program of the State of New Mexico for low income. Low-income residents who are facing economic challenges and require medical and health-related services are qualified to receive help from this organization. It is an extensive health program that helps with physical health, community benefits, behavioral health, and long-term care for low-income households. The link to their official website is as follows https://www.hsd.state.nm.us/lookingforassistance/centennial-care-overview/ or make connections with 1 800 283 4465.
Utility Bill Assistance
The New Mexico Weatherization Assistance Program was created by the federal government and has been run by the State of New Mexico for low-income households. The mission of this program is to create sustainable and energy-effective homes. Low-income individuals and families who need to save money and energy to cover their utility bills are urged to apply for this benefit. Recipients of this program will be benefiting from energy-efficient equipment and supplies in their homes. Please check out this website https://housingnm.org/home-repair-and-energy-efficiency/energymart-weatherization-assistance to learn more information or dial 505 843 6880.
New Mexico Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program was created by the federal authorities and has been run by the New Mexico Human Services Department for low-income households. Particularly low-income seniors, pregnant women, single mothers, veterans, and persons with disabilities are prioritized by this benefit. Its main criteria are the total income of the household and the total number of people in the home. Qualified people will be receiving a certain amount of discount on their utilities. To learn more information, please click the link https://www.hsd.state.nm.us/lookingforassistance/low_income_home_energy_assistance_program/ or give it a call at 800 283 4465.
Salvation Army of New Mexico is a local faith-based organization. Its goal is to reach out to everyone in need throughout the region. Low-income residents and families who need food support can benefit from food pantries where recipients can find healthy and nutritious food. Low-income seniors may benefit from home-delivered daily meals based on their diet. Apart from food assistance, the Salvation Army assists low income with rental support, housing assistance, utility help, free clothing, housing items, and health care. To see more about these benefits, take a look here https://newmexico.salvationarmy.org/ or contact 1 505 988 8054.
New Mexico Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the most popular food support program for low income across the state. It is also known as Food Stamps among local individuals. Low-income persons who are not able to purchase healthy food are qualified to receive help. Receivers will be obtaining electronic cards to use in local grocery stores and supermarkets. For further information, please go to https://www.hsd.state.nm.us/lookingforassistance/supplemental_nutrition_assistance_program__snap/ or call 800 432 6217.