All About Rental Assistance in Albuquerque

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How to Claim Rental Assistance In Albuquerque?

New Mexico is currently home to the 3rd highest poverty level in all of the continental United States. That means that as of 2019, approximately 18.2% of individuals in New Mexico are living at or under the poverty line. That means almost 1 in 5 people living in New Mexico are living in poverty. That means that there are a lot of people in New Mexico who simply have one tragic personal event that will push them to eviction from the home which they rent. Some of these are:

  1. Loss of a job
  2. An unexpected medical bill
  3. COVID-19 related loss of hours at work
  4. Another life-altering event

Many people will find themselves unable to pay their rent if they miss just a week or two of work and the income that comes with it.

Lower-income individuals who go through a financially-trying life event will likely find themselves in need of financial assistance to be able to pay their rent and stay in their homes. There are many sources that you can reach out to in your times of need. They are there to help, and if you meet the criteria, you just might be able to get some temporary help paying your rent to help your family stay in their home.

Rental Assistance in Albuquerque:

Albuquerque is a city of more than 550,000 residents, which means that more than 100,000 individuals in Albuquerque are reporting incomes at or below the poverty level, which allows an individual to make a maximum of $12,670 for an individual, and more for a family, depending on how many people are part of a given family unit. This means that there is a lot of need for Section 8 housing or . The good news is that there is assistance out there that you can use if you are struggling through a challenging financial time.

Laws allow a family to receive up to 18 months of rental assistance if they qualify and meet the requirements for the assistance. It could include helping pay back rent and helping with your current and future payments while you recover from a catastrophic or otherwise damaging financial event. People can often apply more than once, as long as you are looking for during a different time than you were looking at before.

How Do I Apply for Rental Assistance in Albuquerque?

Individuals can reach out to several agencies for help with rental assistance in Albuquerque. If you are unsure where else to go, we have found a few places that might be able to help. Try some of these places to help get your rent paid and to help you avoid eviction from your home:

Name of ProgramType of AidAddressPhone NumberEmailApplication Link
Public Housing Assistance (PHA)Funding/Grants/Cash/Check Assistance451 7th Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20410(202)-708-1112No email providedApplication for PHA
Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program EligibilityFunding/Grants/Cash/Check Assistance407 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe, NM, 87501,(505) - 827 - 4984No email providedPrequalification Application

Application for ERAP

Section 811 HousingRental Fund Assistance451 7th Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20410(202) - 708 - 1112

Application for Section 811

All three of these rent assistance programs cover the Albuquerque area and may be able to help you pay your rent if you are unable to pay to do an extenuating financial circumstance in your life.

Who Is Eligible for Rental Assistance?

You will have to meet certain criteria to qualify for rent assistance. The following are some basic criteria that you will have to meet to qualify for rent assistance:

  • Assistance is based on the country in which you currently live.
  • Have a person in your home who has qualified for unemployment benefits, experienced reductions in household incomes, has significant debt, or experienced other financial hardship.
  • One or more people have past due bills, utilities, or rent in your home.

If you meet these qualifications, then you might be eligible for rent assistance. This rent assistance can help you keep a roof over your family's heads and help you rest a little bit easier, knowing that you are not getting evicted during a financially challenging time.

How Long Does It Take To Get Rent Assistance?

It will depend on the agency that you have chosen to work with as to how long it takes you to get your funding to come through. It can take one to two weeks to be verified and to have your application thoroughly reviewed. Once you have the application thoroughly reviewed and your application is approved, you can start to receive your funds in as little as 18 days.

Oftentimes, the rent funds will go directly to your landlord or to the agency to which you pay rent. You may never see a cent of the money in cash yourself. Paying off the landlord or agency will help you and your family from being evicted, and it helps the government agencies you are using to help know the money is going to housing and not to any other expenses that a person may have.

How Do I Apply for Rental Assistance on My Own?

If you need to apply for rental assistance, and you are trying to do so on your own, you will have to go through each application and fill them out individually. Considering each application can take 1-2 hours of your time, it can be a tiring and cumbersome process as well as downright frustrating. Moreover, worrying if you filled out all of the information correctly and truthfully, as well as ensuring that your application gets to the people who need to see it can be both stressful and overwhelming.

However, that can be made much easier through the use of the tool offered by DoNotPay. DoNotPay offers a tool that allows you to fill out your information about your rental assistance requests once, and then we process the information and send it to all the various agencies that you specify at once, saving you the time and aggravation of having to fill out all of those forms on your own.

Solve Your Rental Assistance Issues With DoNotPay:

Instead of going through each different application on your own and enduring the frustration and irritation that comes with it, use DoNotPay's letter-writing tool to send letters including the information needed to each agency you are requesting rent assistance for instead. Simply provide us with some basic information and follow these 4 steps to allow us to send a letter on your behalf:

  1. Search for Rental Assistance on DoNotPay.

  2. Put together a list of your income, debts, expenses, and assets. If you need help accessing information like your credit report, DoNotPay can help you get your report.

  3. Let DoNotPay collect your basic information and compose a letter to your local housing authority requesting rental assistance.

  4. Lastly, DoNotPay will send your letter to your local housing authority.

Following these steps will allow us to send a letter on your behalf requesting the funds you need to pay your bills and keep a roof over your head and your family's head.

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