IF YOU ARE BEHIND IN RENT OR WORRIED ABOUT BEING ABLE TO PAY DECEMBER RENT - THERE IS HELP FOR YOU AVAILABLE NOW

 

 

 

There are 3 different opportunities to get support with rent that we want you to know about. Federal funding for rental assistance is now available if you have been financially impacted by COVID-19 or are in danger of eviction once the moratorium is lifted. If you are behind in rent or are worried about your next rent payment - we want to help you apply for aid. 

We also can get you support for utility bills if you are falling behind

The 4 opportunities for housing/rental cost assistance: 

1) Eviction Protection Fund -$3,000 to stabilize housing for those with no lease, a lease that expires in less than 6 months, who have received a verbal or written demand of rent payment, have had their rent raised during the pandemic and other factors, and have had difficulty paying rent during the pandemic (see eligibility requirements below).

2) Family Economic Relief fund OR Closure Worker's Relief Fund - $750 for workers who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 resulting in an inability to cover basic living expenses such as food, transportation housing or medical expenses and did not qualify for a federal stimulus check or qualify for unemployment benefits.

3) Empty Stocking funds available for rent, utilities, and other household needs that are creating housing insecurity. Application closes 11/30 or when 550 applications have been processed.

4) Santa Fe Housing Authority Emergency Rental And Mortgage Assistance Program (ERMAP) up to $7,500 of past due rent paid to landlord - can be applied to in December after your rent becomes due if you are worried about being able to pay for December we recommend you speak to your landlord right away and let them know that you are preparing this application. 

SEE DETAILS AND APPLICATION MATERIALS BELOW

OPPORTUNITY #1: EVICTION PREVENTION FUND

Type of Assistance:  $3,000 from the Eviction Prevention Fund

Eligibility Requirments: Applicants must be residents of the City of Santa Fe

  • Experience financial hardship due to COVID-19 resulting in an inability to cover basic living expenses such as food, transportation housing or medical expenses;

  • Live in the City of Santa Fe and are at risk of eviction or experiencing other housing hardship and are experiencing one or more of the following criteria:

  • Are in any stage of the process of eviction

  • Have experienced an increase in rent at any period since April 1, 2020

  • Have no written lease

  • Have a lease with less than 6 months remaining (which should cover year-long leases that are at or near term, SRO rentals, month to month leases, weekly leases)

  • Have a hardship paying rent for any rent period since April 1, 2020

  • Received a written or verbal demand of payment of rent, fines, fees or other penalties from their landlord or property manager at any time since April 1, 2020.

  • Received written or verbal notice of intent to evict by landlord or property manager at any time since April 1, 2020

To apply call Chainbreaker - 505-577-5481. If you fill out the pre-screening form we can make a referral for you and try to expedite the process and connect you with other programs as well. 

OPPORTUNITY #2: WORKER RELIEF FUNDS

Type of Assistance:  $750 from the Worker Relief Fund

Eligibility Requirments: Applicants must be residents of the City of Santa Fe


For $750 in Family Economic Relief fund:

  • Experience financial hardship due to COVID-19 resulting in an inability to cover basic living expenses such as food, transportation housing or medical expenses;

  • Did not qualify for a federal stimulus check;

  • Experienced at least a 20 hour per week reduction in hours per household between March and December, 2020;

  • Do not qualify for unemployment insurance; and

  • Have a least one dependent minor child

 

For $750 in Closure Worker’s Relief Fund:

  • ·Experience financial hardship due to COVID-19 resulting in an inability to cover basic living expenses such as food, transportation housing or medical expenses;

  • Experienced a temporary job loss due to a workplace shut down because of COVID-19 outbreak or a New Mexico state imposed closure between July 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020; and

  • Did not qualify for sick leave benefits; and

  • Do not qualify for unemployment insurance benefit

You can learn about these resources by watching this video.

Here is a pamphlet about the program. 

 

To apply call Somos Un Pueblo Unido at 505-920-6214. If you fill out the pre-screening form we can make a referral for you and try to expedite the process and connect you with other programs as well. 

OPPORTUNITY #3: 2020 Empty Stocking Fund

DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30, 2020 or after 550 applications have been received and verified

Type of Assistance: The fund's priority is to keep people in their homes with utility services. Essential transportation needs, unusual circumstances, home repairs, and health care needs will also be considered.

Following are the guidelines for fund consideration.

 

Rent/Mortgage - Additional or unusual circumstances may be considered.

 

Utilities - Including propane, gas, electricity, water, firewood, phone (including cell phone service if it is the primary phone. Additional or unusual circumstances may be considered.

 

Dental and Medical (including prescriptions) - Will be considered after other resources have been exhausted (such as La Familia, PMS programs, etc.). Unusual circumstances may be considered. Tuition - May be considered.

 

Household Goods - The Salvation Army will try to handle these requests and they will submit a receipt for up to $500.00. Additional or unusual circumstances may be considered.

 

Home Repairs - We will be working with Habitat for Humanity on home repairs. Their application process will be utilized. Additional or unusual circumstances may be considered.

 

Car Repairs - The applicant must bring in 2 estimates from 2 different mechanics/repair shops for review. Additional or unusual circumstances may be considered.

 

Other Situations - May be considered.

Eligibility Requirments: Applicants must be residents of Santa Fe or Rio Arriba Counties. Applicants must have a social security number or an ITIN number to qualify for this aid.

Required Information:

  • Name

  • Birth Date

  • Address

  • Spouse's name (if applicable)

  • Phone numbers

  • Email

  • Best way to reach applicant during business hours

  • Assistance amounts requested for rent, mortgage, utilities, or other

  • A description of your needs

  • Names and birthdates of your children or other household members, if you have them

  • A list of your monthly income and expenses

  • If seeking utility assistance, they ask whether you're receiving other assistance for utilities, whether you're signed up for the budget billing plan, and whether your home has been audited for energy efficiency

  • If seeking rent assistance, they ask if your rent is subsidized, how much you are behind on rent, who your landlord is, and who you pay rent to. 

How to Apply: Fill out a short application online:

(english) https://form.jotform.com/202607018602142

(spanish) https://form.jotform.com/202607014750142

 

Applications will be reviewed, and qualifying candidates will be called or emailed for in-person interviews (which can take more than 2 weeks).

If you have questions about the application, call 505-577-4220.

Opportunity #4: Santa Fe County Housing Authority: Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance Program (ERMAP)

This rental assistance is for Santa Fe residents who’ve lost income due to COVID-19. You can get up to $7,500 in past-due rent between now and December 30th.

You will need to prove you are behind in rent - so you cannot get assistance unless you have an outstanding rent balance that is unpaid. Therefore, we recommend that you communicate to your landlord on the day rent is due and give them the letter below - explaining that you are part of the Mutual Aid Network and that we are helping you apply for rental assistance.

How to Apply:

Submit via email: dbradley@santafecountynm.gov and for mortgage assistance submit to jjbarela@santafecountynm.gov

 

or you can hand deliver applications to the Santa Fe County Housing Authority administrative offices in either of the drop boxes (52 Camino de Jacobo, Santa Fe, NM 87507)

If you need assistance completing this application, call 505-992-3060 M-F 8am-5pm and W 8am-12pm or email dbradley@santafecountynm.gov or jjbarela@santafecountynm.gov.

MATERIALS

**We prepared some templates to help you with your application. These have been approved by the program directors.

Template

Video explaining how to get assistance - in Spanish - English coming soon!

Type of Assistance: Maximum grant of $7,500 total for rent or mortgage due after March 1, 2020. Assistance is limited to one grant per household. Payments will be paid directly to landlord or mortgage lender. Payments cannot be used to pay back a loan.

Read FAQs here.

 

Eligibility Requirements:

1. Qualify as low income (below 80% of area median income) 

2. Applicants that have been working a minimum of 24 hours per week at minimum wage for last 6 months qualify for the Working Family Preference. Applicants attending school full time (12 credit hours per semester) or are participating in a self-sufficiency program receive preference, as well as families determined elderly, handicapped, or disabled.

3. Resident of Santa Fe County (do not need to be a citizen or resident alien, undocumented individuals can apply)

4. Household has an adult member who lost a job, was furloughed, or had reduced hours on or after March 1, 2020 (does not require that an adult currently be experiencing these circumstances, just that they had experienced employment loss at one point on or after March 1, 2020)

5. Currently behind on rent or mortgage payments

6. Not a recipient of federal housing subsidies through a Public Housing or Housing Choice Voucher Program

7. Gross monthly income below 80% of the area median income for Santa Fe County and 100% median income for Santa Fe County for mortgage assistance (see table in FAQs)

Required Documents:
 

  • TAX ID NUMBER (for landlord or homeowner)

  • Unit and unit info (for tenants)

  • County vendor form completed by landlord (if tenant) or mortgage company (if homeowner)

  • Applicant agreement and acknowledgement form

  • Proof of income

  • Proof of residency

  • Asset verification

  • Verification of furlough or reduction of employment, and proof of delinquency of loss of housing

  • Listing of which utilities renters vs. landlord pay for Mortgage: Unit and unit info (and any additional docs for verification of additional housing expenses i.e. HOA statement, property tax bill, etc)

  • Address

  • Monthly rent/mortgage amount (and any insurance, tax, or HOA fees) (TEMPLATE HERE)

  • Landlord or owner completion of Application Exhibit B (requires ITIN of owner)

  • Proof of income for all household members

  • Statements for all checking and savings accounts

  • Lease/rent receipt

  • State ID

  • Self-certification of residency

  • Mortgage payment coupon

  • County property tax bill

  • Warranty deed, etc.

  • Evidence of reduction (TEMPLATE HERE), loss, or furlough of employment  (TEMPLATE HERE)

  • Notice of delinquency, balance statement, court paperwork, or third party verification that occupants are at risk of housing loss (TEMPLATE HERE)

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