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Assistance funds for New Mexico low income households announced

Nov 24, 2021

Credit New Mexico Human Services Department

SANTA FE – This week more than 3,000 low-income New Mexico households will receive a one-time payment of $452 in emergency financial assistance under an initiative administered by the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) in partnership with the Taxation and Revenue Department (Tax & Rev).

The funding for this effort was made possible through an initial $5 million appropriation from the New Mexico Legislature. The one-time payment is for low-income state residents who did not receive the federal pandemic stimulus payments. An initial round of payments was issued earlier this year in July 2021.

"We are grateful to the New Mexico Legislature for the opportunity and funding to provide more cash assistance to needy New Mexico families," said Human Services Secretary David Scrase, M.D. “We know that many families are still struggling to meet their basic needs and this assistance will help them this holiday season.”

Applications were accepted via an online portal for two weeks. To qualify for this financial payment individuals must be residents of New Mexico and are required to have a Social Security number, individual tax identification number or driver’s license number. The $452 per household assistance was allocated to 3,286 low-income New Mexicans who did not receive a federal pandemic stimulus payment.

Payments were issued earlier this week  by Tax & Rev via direct deposit or check. Each applicant will receive a text, email, or letter informing them of the final disposition of their application. If an applicant receives notice of approval for payment but does not receive a payment via direct deposit or check, please contact Tax & Rev at (866) 285-2996.

“We know many families are struggling, so it’s nice to be able to help provide some much-needed relief in time for the holidays,” said Taxation and Revenue Secretary Stephanie Schardin Clarke.

We talk, interpret and smile in all languages.  We provide written information to our customers in both English and Spanish and interpretation services are available in 58 languages through our provider, CTS Language Link. For our hearing, and speech impaired customers, we utilize Relay New Mexico, a free 24-hour service that ensures equal communication access via the telephone to individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or speech disabled.

The Human Services Department provides services and benefits to 1,055,525 New Mexicans through several programs including: the Medicaid Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Child Support Program, and several Behavioral Health Services.

Information from the New Mexico Human Services Department.