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New Mexico Homeowner Assistance Fund

The State of New Mexico in Partnership with MFA.

The New Mexico Homeowner Assistance Fund pilot temporarily stopped accepting applications on August 9, 2021. The program will reopen and information on how to apply will be available on this page. If you are experiencing difficulty making monthly housing payments please contact your loan servicer for relief options.   

Pilot Program Details

The New Mexico Homeowner Assistance Fund pilot program provides emergency housing grants to income-eligible households experiencing financial hardship associated with the COVID-19 health crisis.

These grants are to fund mortgage payments equal to the amount of the monthly cost made on behalf of income-eligible applicants up to $10,000 per household, to maintain housing and/or to reduce housing cost delinquency associated with the COVID-19 health crisis. Some mobile/ manufactured home lot rental payments may also be covered.

Applicants still experiencing hardship that did not receive the household maximum of $10,000 on their initial funding request, may be eligible to reapply for additional assistance after their initial award. Eligibility to apply for additional assistance does not guarantee approval. Requests are processed in the order received and must be received before the pilot program end date of November 5, 2021. Requests are funded in the order received depending on the availability of funding.

MFA will pay your housing payments directly to your mortgage or loan servicer, escrow company or other housing provider. The assistance does not have to be repaid.

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Do I Qualify?

  1. Your annual gross household income must not exceed 100% of area median income limit, adjusted for family size. Annual household income includes but is not limited to wages, self-employment income, interest from interest bearing accounts, rental income, distributions from trusts, pensions, social security benefits, SSI, retirement accounts, death benefits, disability payments, unemployment benefits, severance or worker’s compensation, general assistance or TANF, child support, family support, alimony and armed forces pay.

    The income limits chart lists the income limits for this program based on where you live and the number of people in your household. These income limits are provided and required by HUD.
  2. You must certify that you have had financial hardship after January 21, 2020 associated with the COVID-19 health crisis.
  3. Your current primary residence must be in New Mexico.
  4. You must provide evidence of your housing costs, including the current balance due, broken down by month. Only the current month and past-due months are eligible up to the maximum award amount of $10,000 per household.
  5. Your original loan balance must not exceed $417,000.

How Do I Apply?

You may submit your application electronically via a link at the top of this page. To request that a paper application be mailed to you, call 505.308.4206 or 866.488.0498.

Paper applications may be mailed to or dropped off at the following location:

New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority
Attn: New Mexico Homeowner Assistance Fund
344 Fourth St. SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Paper applications may also be faxed to:

New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority
505.242.2766

Applications will be ranked based on the date and time the application was received. If enough funds are available, all eligible applications will be funded, regardless of ranking.

Appeals

If your application is denied, you have seven (7) calendar days from the date of the denial notice to submit a written request to appeal. Appeals should be submitted to the Assistant Director of Asset Management, MFA, 344 Fourth St., Albuquerque, NM 87102. The written appeal must state the reason(s) why the applicant believes the application denial was in error and must provide any additional documentation necessary to support the applicant’s assertion of same. The decision of the Assistant Director of Asset Management will be issued in writing within 14 calendar days and shall be final. Persons with disabilities have the right to request reasonable accommodations to participate in the appeal process. This program does not discriminate on the basis of disability, familial status, national origin, race, color, religion, sex, spousal affiliation, ancestry, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Contact Us

If you have additional questions, e-mail us or call 505.308.4206 or 866.488.0498.

The New Mexico Homeowner Assistance Fund replaced the COVID-19 Homeowner Assistance Program which also served homeowner’s with housing cost assistance payments. Information about that program is available here.

For rental or utility assistance, visit rentalhelpnm.org

If you live on tribal lands and need rental or utility assistance, contact your tribal government or tribally designated housing entity.

State of New Mexico Homeowner Assistance (HAF) Draft Plan Feedback

MFA Partners:

The State of New Mexico and MFA are soliciting feedback on the revised State of New Mexico Homeowner Assistance (HAF) Draft Plan. MFA prepared this plan to propose programs for the U.S. Department of Treasury’s (Treasury) Homeowner Assistance Fund that was passed as part of American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. This version of the plan addresses program requirements outlined in Treasury guidance released on August 2, 2021.

The HAF programs aim to mitigate financial hardships associated with the COVID-19 health crisis, including the prevention of homeowner mortgage delinquencies, defaults, foreclosures, loss of utilities or home energy services, and displacements of homeowners.

We invite you to review the revised draft plan, submit questions and provide comments to Robyn Powell to rpowell@housingnm.org.

Comments must be submitted by September 20, 2021 5:00 pm MST.

Download the State of New Mexico Homeowner Assistance Draft Plan here.