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Rental Assistance Programs: RAP

MFA receives funding for this program from the Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG), authorized under the McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, as amended by the HEARTH Act of 2009, 24 CFR Part 576 and/or from the state of New Mexico Homeless funds.  The Rental Assistance Program (RAP) provides rapid re-housing assistance to individuals or families who are experiencing homelessness. RAP also provides assistance to families who are at risk of becoming homeless. Program funds are awarded through a competitive RFP process. 

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) 724-4611

CLNKids, Inc- Serving Bernalillo County - (505) 843-6899

Crisis Center of Northern NM - Serving Los Alamos, Rio Arriba & Santa Fe Counties - (505)753-1656

Enlace Communitario - Serving Bernalillo, Sandoval and Valencia Counties - (505) 246-8972

The Life Link -  Serving Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Taos Counties - (505) 438-0010

Mesilla Valley Community of Hope - Serving Doña Ana & Luna Counties - (575) 523-2219

Samaritan House - Serving San Miguel and Mora Counties - (505) 454-1390

Southwestern Regional Housing & Community Development Corporation - Serving Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Luna, Otero, Roosevelt and Socorro Counties - (575) 546-4181

St. Martin's Hospitality Center - Serving Bernalillo and Valencia Counties - (505) 242-4399 ext. 262

San Juan County Partnership - Serving San Juan County - (505) 566-5866

Western Regional Housing Authority - Serving Grant, 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.

2016 30% Income Limits

Rental Assistance Program Manual Revised 2015

Application & Eligibility


Income Certification Forms, if needed

Unit Forms

Lead Based Paint Disclosure

Lead Based Paint Brochure

Housing Services Directories

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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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All RFP Templates and Links

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Bond Counsel Services RFP

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Income Limits

LIHTC (Low Income Housing Tax Credit) Income and Rent Limits

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HOME Income Limits and Maximum Rents

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