New Mexico

  • State Data Overview

    Across New Mexico, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.

    Renter households that are extremely low income
    Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)
    Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters
    Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.
    Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
  • State Level Partners

    NLIHC Housing Advocacy Organizer

    Brooke Schipporeit

    Brooke Schipporeit

    202.662.1530 x233 | [email protected]

    State Partners

    New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness
    P.O. Box 865
    Santa Fe, NM 87504
    P 505-982-9000
    F 888-527-6480
    Hank Hughes, Executive Director | [email protected]

    Become an NLIHC State Partner

    NLIHC’s affiliation with our state coalition partners is central to our advocacy efforts. Although our partners' involvement varies, they are all housing and homeless advocacy organizations engaged at the state and federal level. Many are traditional coalitions with a range of members; others are local organizations that serve more informally as NLIHC's point of contact.

    Inquire about becoming a state partner by contacting [email protected]

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  • Housing Trust Fund
    HTF Implementation Information

    NLIHC continues working with leaders in each state and the District of Columbia who will mobilize advocates in support of HTF allocation plans that benefit ELI renters to the greatest extent possible. Please contact the point person coordinating with NLIHC in your state (below) to find out about the public participation process and how you can be involved. Email Brooke Schipporeit with any questions.

    NHTF logo
    Current Year HTF Allocation
    NLIHC Point Person for HTF Advocacy

    Hank Hughes, Executive Director
    New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness
    [email protected]

    State Designated Entity:

    Jay Czar, Executive Director
    New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority
    [email protected]

    Official Directly Involved with HTF Implementation:
  • Resources

    Housing Profiles

    State Housing Profile

    State Housing Profile: New Mexico (PDF)

    Congressional District Housing Profile

    Congressional District Profile: New Mexico (PDF)

    Research and Data

    National Housing Preservation Database

    The National Housing Preservation Database is an address-level inventory of federally assisted rental housing in the United States.

    Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing

    Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing. In New Mexico and Nationwide

    The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes

    The Gap represents data on the affordable housing supply and housing cost burdens at the national, state, and metropolitan levels. In New Mexico and Nationwide

  • Take Action
    Tell Congress to Protect and Expand the National Housing Trust Fund
    Urge Congress to Pass a Budget with Strong Support for Affordable Housing Programs
    Tell Congress that Opportunity Zones Must Benefit Low Income People and Long-Term Residents
  • COVID-19 Resources
    COVID-19 Resources

    The New Mexico Housing Trust Fund (NMHTF) provides flexible funding for affordable housing initiatives in the state. A portion of NMHTF funds has now been extended to provide short-term rental assistance to tenants of income-restricted properties monitored by the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority, who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible tenant's incomes cannot exceed 80 percent of AMI. Rental assistance may be provided to tenants who (1) are not currently receiving full rental assistance from another program, and (2) must be experiencing a reduction in household income due to circumstances related to the health crisis. Tenants residing in any unit in an income-restricted property monitored by MFA are eligible for rental assistance, regardless of whether the unit is income-restricted if the tenant meets the above requirements.

    NLIHC has estimated a need for no less than $100 billion in emergency rental assistance and broke down the need and cost for each state (download Excel spreadsheet). 

    Many cities and states are establishing rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. This tracker links to news reports of various city, state and philanthropic rental assistance programs that are being established during the pandemic. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of rental assistance.

    No information at this time.

    Across the country, homeless service providers are struggling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to follow public health guidelines and help ensure people’s safety, some shelters are being forced to reduce services, restrict admittance, or close entirely. The loss of these critical resources puts people experiencing homelessness at even higher risk of illness. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of shelter closings.

    Below is a list of shelters that have had to majorly alter services or completely close:

    The newest shelter in New Mexico, the Española Pathways Shelter, closed. It had opened in a temporary space as a warming center but closed early due to public health concerns. Staff and officials plan to reopen it when their permanent space is ready.

    The New Mexico Department of Health told KOAT News that the state is using federal funding to convert 18 hotels across the state into non-congregate shelters for people experiencing homelessness, law enforcement officers, health care workers, and members of local tribes.

    Updated on July 28, 2020.

    Advocates in Albuquerque have protested the city’s decision to continue clearing encampments despite guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning encampments and the pandemic. The city’s deputy director of housing and homelessness said that the city will not change its policy, even with the recent rise in new COVID-19 cases, citing that encampments pose serious health risks.

    Updated on July 20, 2020.

    Bernalillo County and Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) are partnering to provide motel vouchers to APS families who have recently become homeless due to the pandemic. Families will also receive assistance in seeking permanent housing and educational support.

    Federal, state, and local eviction moratoriums are rapidly expiring and the CARES Act supplemental unemployment benefits will end soon; at that time, millions of low-income renters will be at risk of losing their homes. The NLIHC estimates at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance is needed to keep low-income renters stably housed during and after the pandemic. This tracker links to news reports of the growing evictions crisis in various cities and states. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of eviction updates.

    State government never suspended evictions; state Supreme Court stayed execution of writs of restitution for nonpayment of rent if the resident can demonstrate a current inability to pay rent, but landlords can still filed for eviction and cases can be held remotely or in person. 

    Updated: August 1

    In the third week of July, 29.8% of adults in New Mexico reported they had missed their previous housing payment or had little confidence they would make their next one on time, according to a weekly survey conducted by the Census. In the same survey, 66,818 renters reported they had not paid their previous rental payment.

    Albuquerque A local community organizer and her family were evicted from their home on July 6 for non-payment of rent even though the State Supreme Court currently prohibits the execution of evictions for that reason. She was not properly informed that she had to provide written evidence of her inability to pay her rent in order to be protected from eviction. “If this was a real tool that the courts were trying to use, then they would have been sending out this information [about requiring evidence of inability to pay] to families that were being evicted,” she said.  July 22

    Updated: July 29 

    According to a weekly survey by the Census, 1 in 5 adults in the state either missed their last housing payment or have little/no confidence of being able to make next month’s housing payment.

    Updated: July 16

    COVID-19 Resources Other

    National Media

    What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency?

    Arbor Realty Trust launched an innovative $2 million rental assistance program to help thousands of tenants and families significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Arbor is contributing $1 million to the program and participating borrowers will match Arbor's advances to its tenants in need to help fill the rent gap during the hard-hit months of May and June. Together, the partnership program will provide $2 million in relief.