How Nonprofits Can Connect Clients to Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance

The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the economic security of many New Mexicans, and an eviction “tsunami” is being predicted in our state and across the country. But there is hope. Between April 5th and August 31st of 2021, the state of New Mexico will grant $170M of federal aid to New Mexicans for rental and utility assistance to households experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The New Mexico Asset Funders Network (NMAFN) and the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration (NMDFA) hosted a webinar on April 13th, 2021 to share information about how nonprofits and local governments can support their clients and communities in successfully applying for this emergency rental and utility assistance.

More information about the New Mexico Emergency Rental Assistance program:

Program Presentation by NMDFA:
Secretary Debbie Romero
Donnie Quintana, Director, Local Government Division
Henry Valdez, Public Information Officer

Nonprofit and Government Partner Panel:
Dawn Z. Hommer, CEO, Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico
Laura Norman, ERAP Manager, the City of Albuquerque,
Tomás Rivera, Executive Director of Chainbreaker Collective
Moderated by Allan Oliver, Executive Director, The Thornburg Foundation