Approximately $170 million of federal aid to New Mexicans is being earmarked for rental and utility assistance to households experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Renters across the state are eligible for the program – except for residents of Bernalillo County, Dona Ana County, and those who live in a pueblo or tribal area. Those two counties, as well as tribal governments, will administer their own Rental Assistance Programs.
The state will either pay the landlord and/or the utility provider directly depending on the financial assistance request by the applicant. The Department of Finance and Administration will administer the Emergency Rental Assistance Program in partnership with the City of Albuquerque. New Mexicans can apply for assistance at www.RentHelpNM.org.
Landlords and utility providers are encouraged to download a W9 and submit it to the DFA via ERAVendor.Relations@state.nm.us as soon as possible to ensure a streamlined process for receiving payment.
“New Mexicans have persevered through incredible challenges this last year,” said Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. “My administration has stepped up not only to fight the health effects of the pandemic but to assist businesses and individuals at every single opportunity – and this program is more of the same, as we put the dollars at our disposal to the best possible use: helping New Mexicans.”
Those seeking assistance should review the current FAQ at www.RentHelpNM.org to learn more about eligibility and documentation needed for their application.

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