The U.S. Department of the Treasury awarded Dona Ana County $9.3 million to assist residents who have been impacted by Covid-19 with their past due rent and utilities payments. Dona Ana County has already distributed $2.08 million in assistance. We are prepared to double and triple that by the fall,” declared County Manager Macias.
“While our numbers are commendable, we know that we can assist many more county residents. Most of the assistance, 89% of the distribution, has been to Las Cruces residents. The Emergency Rental Assistance program funds are meant to assist residents of Las Cruces, Sunland Park, Santa Teresa, Anthony, the Village of Hatch, and the Town of Mesilla. All county residents who are currently renting the place where they live are eligible to apply for grants to cover their rent and utility payments. We do not want anyone who truly has a need to lose out on the opportunity to get caught up on their past due rent or utility bills if the pandemic has caused any interruption of their job or income,” added Macias.
The county’s outreach efforts are being ramped up to bring this assistance to residents in more rural areas. Some of the county community centers have staff on-hand to assist with applications. For those areas without community centers, every attempt will be made to meet the resident in a public location near their home to assist with the completion of the application.
To schedule an appointment, residents may contact (575)-525-5898. For more information about the program, please visit https://www.donaanacounty.org/ERAP.