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Rental Assistance Program: RAP

The Rental Assistance Program provides short- and medium-term rental assistance for families and individuals who are homeless or who are at imminent risk of becoming homeless. The goal of the program is to help these families and individuals regain stability and to reduce the likelihood that they will experience homelessness again. MFA has many valuable partners in the state of New Mexico who use the RAP program to assist people experiencing homelessness and to ensure that those most at risk of becoming homeless remain housed.

MFA does not provide direct assistance.  MFA partners with Support Service Providers in the counties who administer our programs.  Below is a list of Rental Assistance Program Providers.  Please contact them directly to apply for assistance.

Catholic Charities

Serving Bernalillo and Sandoval Counties - 505.724.4604

CLNKids, Inc

Serving Bernalillo, Valencia and Sandoval Counties - 505.843.6899

Crisis Center of Northern NM

Serving Los Alamos and Rio Arriba Counties - 505.753.1656

Enlace Communitario

Serving Bernalillo, Sandoval and Valencia Counties - 505.246.8972

The Life Link

Serving Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, Los Alamos and Taos Counties - 505.438.0010

Mesilla Valley Community of Hope

Serving Doña Ana County - 575.523.2219


Serving Bernalillo County - 505.242.4399 ext. 262

San Juan County Partnership

Serving San Juan County - 505.566.5866

Western Regional Housing Authority

Serving Grant, Hidalgo, Luna, Socorro, Valencia and Torrance Counties - (575) 388-1974 ext. 12

Valencia Shelter Services

Serving Valencia County - 505.565.3100


NOTICE: Under the McKinney-Vento Act, as amended by the HEARTH Act, the definition of “at risk of homelessness” requires that an individual or family’s income be below 30 percent of median family income (or area median income). Further, the ESG Program interim rule limits eligibility for homelessness prevention assistance to individuals and families with incomes below 30 percent of AMI. However, under the ELI standard, an allowable income could actually be higher than 30 percent AMI. Therefore, if ESG recipients/subrecipients were to use the ELI standard, some applicants for ESG assistance might be falsely determined to be eligible for homelessness prevention assistance, when actually their incomes were over 30 percent AMI.

In short, the 30 percent AMI limits are NOT the same as the Extremely Low-Income limits, and ESG recipients and subrecipients MUST NOT use the ELI standard (Section 8 limits) when determining program participant eligibility for homelessness prevention assistance.  The 30 percent income limit only applies to the Homeless Prvention component of the program.  Upon initial evaluation, individuals or families who meet the definition of homelessness under Rapid Re-Housing are not required to meet the AMI limit of 30 percent.

2018 ESG Income and Rent Limits

Rental Assistance Program Manual Revised 2015

Application & Eligibility

Sample RAP Application 1

Sample RAP Application 2

Sample Housing Plan 1

Sample Housing Plan 2

Sample Budget Worksheet

RAP Participant File Checklist Housing Status

Homeless Certification

HUD Fair Market Rents

Income and Rent Calculation

Income Verification for Security and Utility Deposits

HUD Maximum Occupancy (Bedroom Size)

ESG Rental Assistance Agreement / Landlord and Service Provider

Income Certification Forms, if needed

HUD's Income Verification Requirements Guide

Zero Income Certification

Zero Assets Certification

Employment Verification, if paystubs not available

Public Assistance Verification, if award letter not available

Social Security Verification, if award letter not available

Child Support Payments

Regular Cash Contributions Verification

Unit Forms

Unit Rent and Income Eligibility form

Request for Lease Approval

Lease Review Checklist

Lease Addendum

Lead Based Paint Disclosure

Lead Based Paint Disclosure - English

Lead Based Paint Disclosure - Spanish

Lead Based Paint Brochure

Lead Based Paint Brochure - English

Lead Based Paint Brochure _ Spanish

Housing Services Directories

MFA's Housing Services Directory has listings for lenders, REALTORS, governmental agencies, property owners and managers and not-for-profit organizations.

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Request a copy of MFA's Housing Directory at no charge.

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Agencies that provide rent and utility assistance.

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Agencies that provide emergency shelter and assistance.

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RFPs and RFQs

All RFP and RFQ Templates and Links

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New Mexico Housing Trust Fund Rental Assistance RFP

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ESG CARES ACT Rapid Re-Housing and Homeless Prevention NOFA

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