NM Delegation Welcomes Over $ 1.6 Million Grants to New Mexico Public Housing Company for Rental Assist | KAMR
Posted: May 5, 2020 / 12:25 PM CDTUpdated: May 5, 2020 / 12:25 p.m. CDT
The flags of the United States and New Mexico fly ahead of the upcoming midterm elections in Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 1, 2018. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should be MARK RALSTON / AFP via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON – US Senators Tom Udall (DN.M.) and Martin Heinrich (DN.M.) and US Representatives Ben Ray Luján (DN.M.), Deb Haaland (DN.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (DN.M.).) Announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has paid public housing agencies $ 1,621,186 in 14 counties in New Mexico to provide rental support to families, individuals, and homeowners amid the COVID 19 pandemic.
The grant is funded by the $ 850 million available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act for administrative and other expenses that public housing authorities implement key programs such as the Housing Choice Voucher program and the tenant-based rental support. New Mexico previously received over $ 16.7 million in emergency housing funds across the state to help keep more people indoors during the dual economic disruption and public health crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic. The current funding will help cover the administrative costs of local governments struggling with lost revenue.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has turned life upside down across the country and in communities across New Mexico,” said Udall, a senior member of the Senate Grants Committee. “In the face of the current economic upheaval, I am fighting to ensure that New Mexicans have safe and well-built homes, especially when we ask people to stay at home to reduce the spread of this virus. The grants awarded today will help support local public housing authorities as they meet an unprecedented need for safe and reliable public housing. When we return to Washington this week, I will continue to prioritize housing resources and other services that New Mexicans need to stay safe, healthy, and financially afloat during this challenging time. “
“During this unprecedented public health and economic crisis, families in New Mexico shouldn’t worry about having a roof over their heads. I am proud to support this important CARES bill that will help families across New Mexico stay in their homes during these troubled months. Ensuring home security is absolutely essential to protecting our health and safety, because staying at home is one of the most effective ways for us to stop the virus from spreading, ”said Heinrich. “I will continue to do all I can to fight for the resources New Mexico needs to provide a strong science-based public health response and to build broad economic recovery in all of our communities.”
“Support for public housing is more important than ever as New Mexicans are encouraged to stay home whenever possible to stop the spread of this pandemic. I am pleased that this funding also helps to cover the costs for local government. It is vital that we do more to support local government during this crisis. That’s why I enacted a law that will provide an additional $ 250 billion in assistance, ”Luján said. “These HUD grants will empower our public housing authorities at a time when they are desperately needed, and I will continue to fight to meet the needs of New Mexicans during this difficult time.”
“Nobody should have to worry if they lose their home during a pandemic, but as I speak to families in New Mexico every week, I hear that more people are facing cutbacks or layoffs, which makes it difficult.” The rent to pay. We put rent allowance in the CARES law so families can focus on staying healthy without worrying about how they will have a roof over their heads, and I will continue to fight for more housing help ”, said Congressman Deb. Haaland.
“In the face of economic uncertainty, New Mexicans continue to rise to meet the ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19. During this troubled time, reliable and safe shelter is essential to help families bring food to the table and follow public health guidelines. I am excited to see these CARES funds reach our local governments to help preserve public housing. With New Mexicans staying at home and physically distancing each other to protect one another, I will continue to work to ensure families have access to all available federal funds, ”said Torres Small.
The full breakout of $ 1,621,186 funding is below:
- Albuquerque City Housing Authority, Albuquerque, $ 548,620
- Clovis Housing and Redevelopment Agency, Inc., Clovis, $ 50,266
- Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority, Las Cruces, $ 159,066
- Gallup City Housing Department, Gallup, $ 5,558
- Santa Fe City Council, Santa Fe, $ 168,248
- City Housing Authority Truth or Consequences, Truth or Consequences, $ 21,734
- Housing Office of the City of Tucumcari, Tucumcari, $ 8,346
- Rio Arriba County Housing Office, Española, $ 2,222
- Santa Fe County Housing Office, Santa Fe, $ 52,006
- Bernalillo County Housing Department, Albuquerque, $ 317,186
- San Miguel County Housing Authority, Las Vegas, $ 16,278
- Eastern Regional Housing Authority, Roswell, $ 120,512
- County San Juan Housing Authority, Farmington, $ 39,676
- Western Regional Housing Authority, Silver City, $ 87,844
- El Camino Real Housing Authority, Socorro, $ 60,714
- Regional Housing Authority of the North, Taos, $ 50,754