Recovery Housing Program (RHP) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)

Recovery Housing Program (RHP) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)

Notice of Funding Availability

RHP Overview:

The Pilot Program to Help Individuals in Recovery from a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Become Stably Housed (Recovery Housing Program, or RHP) was authorized under Section 8071 of the Support for Patients and Communities (SUPPORT) Act. The RHP supports individuals in recovery on their path to self-sufficiency. By providing stable housing to support recovery, RHP aims to support efforts for independent living. More specifically, RHP provides the funds to develop housing or maintain housing and recovery services for individuals impacted by a substance use disorder.

The Department of Finance and Administration – Local Government Division (DFA-LGD) has authorized MFA to serve as administrator of New Mexico’s Recovery Housing Program (RHP) to include development of the RHP action plan and implementation of activities described in the plan.

MFA will guide the use of approximately $940,000 of the FY2020, $902,621 of the FY2021 and $1,013,918 of the FY2022 funding received by the State through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program for the period July 1, 2021, through September 1, 2027.

Eligible Agencies:

Local governments, public and private non-profit organizations, and Indian tribes who demonstrate the ability to offer recovery housing services. Public and private nonprofit organizations can be located in all geographic areas within the State of New Mexico, including CDBG entitlement areas. Public and private nonprofit organizations must be exempt from taxation under subtitle C of section 501(c), have an accounting system, a voluntary board, actively engaged in recovery housing efforts in New Mexico or previously engaged in recovery housing efforts in New Mexico, and practice nondiscrimination in the provision of assistance. Assistance may be provided to primarily religious organizations that agree to provide all eligible activities in a manner that is free from religious influence.

Agencies are required to comply with HUD FHEO (Fair Housing Equal Opportunity) federal fair housing laws and have established policies and procedures that ensure equal access for all individuals.

Agencies are required to have a primary mission to provide recovery housing.

Eligible Activities:

RHP funds may be used for activities under 24 CFR 570.201(c) or section 105(a)(2) of the HCD Act (42 USC 5305(a)(2)) only for the purpose of providing stable, temporary housing for individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder in accordance with Section 8071 and this notice.

Eligible activities are being amended to include the following:

  • Public Facilities and Improvements
  • Acquisition of Real Property
  • Lease, Rent, and Utilities
  • Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Single Unit Residential Buildings
  • Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Multi Unit Residential Buildings
  • Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Public Housing
  • Disposition of Real Property
  • Clearance and Demolition
  • Relocation
  • Expansion of Existing Eligible Activities to Include New Construction


The question period has closed.

Frequently Asked Questions: Answers and Responses

Question 1:

How do we access the actual application?


Please use the attachment: RHP Application and Checklist.

Question 2:

Can you please send me information on your program?


Please see the “Resources” section of this webpage for all information regarding the Recovery Housing Program. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to submit another question.

Question 3:

Can you further define and/or give examples of what is meant by 'Agencies are required to have a primary mission to provide recovery housing'?


As defined by HUD, Recovery Housing is "an abstinence-focused and peer-supported community for people recovering from substance use issues." This can be accomplished by creating an environment where residents choose to actively participate together in community activities focused on supporting recovery.

Question 4:

Are small non-profit (501)c(3) that don`t have independent/external audited reports still eligible to apply for this grant?


In lieu of the audit, MFA can review/accept an independent CPA’s review of financial statements with signature.

Question 5:

Can RHP funds be used to pay off the balance of an existing Recovery Housing project?


Since the house is already acquired for RHP purposes, RHP funds cannot be used to pay off the balance of a mortgage on an existing recovery housing property. However, RHP funds can be used to pay the lease, rent, and utilities costs for an eligible individual residing in the recovery housing property for up to two years. There isn’t a limit on the portion of the grant that may be used for such costs. The payments must result in a new service or quantifiable increase in an existing service.



Approved Action Plan

Recovery Housing Program (link to HUD Exchange)

RHP Application and Checklist

RHP Notice of Funding Availability 

RHP Overview and NOFA Training

MFA conducted a Recovery Housing Program Overview and NOFA Training for agencies interested in applying for an award on Wednesday, October 5, 2022, from 9am to 12pm. 

Overview and Training Recording: