Last Updated on January 6, 2022 by Anne-Sophie Reinhardt
This article explores assistance programs for single moms or parents and low-income families, especially housing and rental, in New Mexico.
Assistance Programs for Single Moms in New Mexico
Housing and Urban Development Rental Assistance (HUD) for Single Mothers
The HUD provides quality affordable rental homes to low-income individuals and families. So, firstly, visit HUD Resource Locator to find an affordable new place. Then, call the Public and Indian Housing customer service at 800-955-2232, or visit the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Moreover, we suggest you visit American Apartment Owners Association to read about New Mexico’s landlord-tenant laws.
St. Elizabeth Shelter
The St. Elizabeth Shelter assists homeless individuals and families through emergency shelters, food, case management, counselling, supportive housing. This group is also referrals to human service agencies. On top of that, they have shelters for women, men, families, and housing for people with physical and mental disabilities and seniors. So, please visit St. Elizabeth Shelter website or call 505-982-6611 to learn more.
Utility Bill Assistance for Single Mothers
Visit the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development page about Home Ownership in New Mexico to see steps to reduce utility costs to make your home more energy-efficient.
Moreover, these are agencies that can help you with your utility bills:
Iamosa Multi-Service Center
East Central Multi-Service Center
HELP: Bernalillo County
John Marshall Multi-Service Center
Los Griegos Center
Deming – Love Inc.
Faith at Work Community
Santa Fe Senior Citizen Center
Ruidoso Southeast Community Action Corp
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for Single Moms
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides food assistance through an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. This program target to raise the living quality of low-income individuals and families. So, their goal is to supplement your food budget and make it possible for you to buy more nutritious food for your family. You can also start your application online and learn more about them through the Benefit.gov website or contact 800-432-6217 or 800-221-5689. Furthermore, visit this Human Services Department to find a SNAP field office.
Low Income Telephone Assistance Program (LITAP) for Single Mothers
The Low Income Telephone Assistance Program (LITAP) provides financial assistance for the phone lines of qualified applicants.
The Lifeline, a federally funded program, provides a $13.50 monthly discount to lower the cost of phone bills of qualified applicants.
The Link-Up program gives a 50% (up to $30) discount for the installation of telephone connections of those qualified for Lifeline or Tribal Lifeline.
So, we suggest you start your application on LITAP page or call 575-748-1241.
The Low Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides cash assistance in paying for heating and cooling bills to low-income individuals and families. Besides, the program is available for renters and homeowners. Qualifications are based on the gross income of the household. Visit New Mexico Human Services Department or call 505-827-7258 or 800-283-4465 to learn more.
You can also apply through the tribe’s social services contact list for tribal households.
Prescription Assistance Program
The New Mexico Prescription Drug Card is available for free to all residents. As a result, you can save as high as 75% on medications using this card. It is also accepted at Albertsons Sav-on, Smith’s, CVS pharmacy, Kmart, Target, Walgreens, Walmart, and more than 56,000 participating national and regional pharmacies. On the other hand, there’s no need to do anything to get the card.
Print your own pre-activated Prescription Drug Card through this New Mexico Prescription Drug Card site. You can also call 505-764-3740 to learn more.
Foreclosure Assistance for Single Mothers
Programs like mortgage company services can help reduce your house payment or provide financial assistance temporarily. So, please visit Keep Your Home New Mexico to learn more about stopping foreclosure.
If you still need more support?
If you are a single mom and these assistance programs are still out of your reach, you can also look for a free apartment. Even though it may not be exactly in New Mexico, we hope it can take off some pressure on your shoulders.