Eldorado Covid 19 Resources

Eldorado/285 Local Support Housing Assitance Initiative

Eldorado/285 Local Support Mission Statement:

Eldorado/285 Local Support provides short term housing and food assistance to people in the Eldorado/285 corridor (from Galisteo to Old Las Vegas Highway). People at risk of losing their home, accumulating excessive back rent debt, and experiencing food insecurity during the Covid crisis may apply for limited assistance from the fund. All grant recipients must be able to demonstrate that funds received are essential and will be used to make permanent solutions possible. Unused funds will be donated to the Santa Fe County Housing Assistance Fund.

How to Apply: Send proof of financial hardship (unemployment paystubs, or a termination letter from previous employer, or if self-employed, NM GRT payment history showing declining revenue). In addition, send a notice from a Landlord or Mortgage company indicating past due payments to Destiny Allison at utopiasantafe@gmail.com. Once proof of hardship is received, applicant will be contacted within 10 days for a formal intake. A committee member will interview the applicant and get specific details about the applicant’s unique situation. The committee member will then present her/his findings to the committee and a recommendation will be made. If the recommendation is approved, funds will be dispersed within 3 business days. Applications will be considered based on the following criteria: 1. Financial hardship is immediate and dire. 2. Applicants have taken steps to find a permanent solution to their housing situation and will use the funds to make that solution possible. 3. Applicants do not qualify for State or County housing assistance. 4. A signed liability waiver. Availability of Funds Funds will be disbursed on a first come/first serve basis to qualified applicants as long as the money lasts. Confidentiality We respect your privacy and have signed non-disclosure agreements. Only your intake officer and Destiny will know your name. Your application will be anonymous when deliberated by the committee. Likewise, applicants will not know the names of the full committee.

La Alencia Food Pantry: Give what you can, take what you need. The pantry is located in the hallway outside Eldorado True Value Hardware store and is open Monday – Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm. If you’re giving, please don’t bring canned vegetables at this time. Canned meat is necessary.

Other Resources

Grants and loans available for individuals and businesses. Below are the available assistance:
  • NM Recovery Loans: $400 million from permanent funds for low-interest, borrower-friendly loans, launching next week. More info here.
  • NM recovery fund: $100 for below-market loans from Severance Tax Permanent Fund. More info here.
  • NM Recovery grants: $50 million for small businesses via participating local government, launching in August. Contact your city and county for more info.
  • NM Small Businesses Investment Corporation: $35 million for low interest loans via community lenders. More info: loanfund.org and dreamspring.org
  • Business loan guarantees: $10 million for local small businesses in partnership with community banks. More info here .
24/7 crisis line: 1/855-NMCRISIS (855-662-7474).
Santa Fe County and City of Santa Fe Partner to CONNECT Local Residents to Services During COVID-19 Crisis
Santa Fe County and the City of Santa Fe join forces for the public kick-off of CONNECT, a program developed to assist Santa Fe County and City residents in meeting their basic needs.   CONNECT is a network of over 90 navigators at clinics, City and County programs, and community organizations that links people to services and resources in our community. Based on an Accountable Health Community model, CONNECT addresses the unmet, non-medical social needs of people by forging a stronger link between clinical care and community services.  The program is funded by a combination of both County and City dollars, and includes flexible funding that may be used to assist individuals during the COVID-19 crisis.
The CONNECT program allows people to access crucial services relative to their current wellbeing from either a smartphone or computer. Through this program, City and County residents will be able to be linked with community-based navigators who can assist them with social needs such as housing, utilities, reliable transportation, and nutritious food. “CONNECT is the perfect service to assist Santa Fe County residents in accessing basic non-medical needs so crucial during the COVID-19 crisis,” states Rachel O’Connor, Community Services Director for Santa Fe County.
“New Mexicans have always known how to take care of each other, especially in difficult times,” says Kyra Ochoa, Director of Community Services for the City of Santa Fe. “CONNECT is a way for the City and County to support the agencies doing such good work in our communities, and to respect and champion the expertise of those people who help the people.”
To access CONNECT services visit either the Santa Fe County website at santafecountynm.gov or the City of Santa Fe at santafenm.gov.
For more information, please contact Rachel O’Connor, Santa Fe County at 992-9842 or Kyra Ochoa, City of Santa Fe, at 955-6603.
Help for 1099 Contractors and Sole Proprietors without employees:
Help for Small Businesses:
The state has compiled a resource guide for small businesses. You can find details here. Additionally, the state has partnered with non-profits and the public to create a grant program.
The All Together NM Fund will provide a phased response to the pandemic. First, it will address immediate needs in New Mexico communities, including:
  • Procurement of food and medical and cleaning supplies for at-risk communities
  • Support for childcare workers who are supporting our front-line employees
  • Grants to address income insecurity among smaller businesses and employees affected by COVID-19 disruptions
Compliance and Employee Help:
If you work for a non-essential business and are asked to work by an employer, please visit newmexico.gov or call 1-833-551-0518, to get answers to any of your questions or to report non-compliance to the state.
The Department of Workforce Solutions has also provided an updated summary of resources available to New Mexico’s business owners and workers impacted by COVID-19.
Information For Individuals Experiencing Financial Hardship
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has declared a state of public health emergency in New Mexico as a result of the novel coronavirus disease (also known as COVID-19). In the midst of this unprecedented public health crisis, the negative impact to the economy has caused many individuals and families to suffer severe financial difficulties. The state and private companies have taken measures to mitigate financial hardship and the state is diligently working to identify additional sources of relief and to advocate for a full measure of federal support. Click here for resources.
Information for employers whose business and employees have been affected as a result of COVID-19
President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act into law Wednesday night
Which expands access to emergency paid sick leave to workers. Qualifications for eligibility are employees that work at a company with fewer than 500 employees; local, state, and federal government employees; employees who work under a multiemployer collective agreement and whose employers pay into a multiemployer plan.
The act provides sick leave for full and part time employees. Employers will initially pay the cost of the emergency paid sick leave but will be fully reimbursed by the federal government within three months.  Emergency Paid Family Leave Fact Sheet.
Santa Fe COVID-19 Mutual Aid Form
Times seem really wild and unpredictable right now and we can isolate and hoard or possibly find a way to stay in community and help each other out. Safe distancing is important, but so is solidarity.
Here’s the idea: pair those in need in Santa Fe with those able to help by filling out this form. We’ll do our best to match offers with requests.
This effort is being coordinated by Raashan Ahmad/Beth Gutelius and organizers with Earth Care YUCCA/Red Nation/Santa Fe DSA/Fathers NM. EC YUCCA has shifted its climate organizing campaign to focus on mutual aid and is helping to staff this effort.
If you have questions or suggestions contact us at santafemutualaid@gmail.com.
FIND THIS FORM IN SPANISH AT https://forms.gle/bZC6U8mHRhQ3irdT6
The Community Services Department:
This county department has implemented Santa Fe County Connect, with the goal of addressing the needs of our residents by connecting them with resources to stay healthy. Stable housing and utilities, access to food, reliable transportation, and feeling safe all lead to better health and well-being.
Through our Connect network, navigators across the City and the County link residents to services and resources in the community. Navigators use a web-based platform to screen for and make referrals to address needs. If you would like to speak with a navigator, please contact Jennifer Romero at (505) 995-9525 or email: jnromero@santafecountynm.gov
Our website describes Santa Fe County Connect and how it helps people. The Resource Directory provides information about local resources.
La Alencia Food Pantry:
Is now located in Building A across from the hardware store. It is fully stocked by people vested in making a difference. The motto is give what you can, take what you need. If you, or someone you know, has food insecurity during this crisis, please. Take what you need. The pantry is open to the public during hardware store hours: Monday – Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. You don’t need to register for anything to take food, but please be considerate. Take only what you need. If you’d like to contribute to the pantry, that too is self-serve, but if it happens to be fully stocked, put your contributions behind the pantry and we will help ensure the pantry is restocked.
Santa Fe County Emergency Rental & Mortgage Assistance Program
Are you behind on your rent or current mortgage payment due to COVID-19? You may be eligible for financial assistance!
Santa Fe County has received $2 million in CARES Act funding to provide emergency housing assistance grants to County residents who have been impacted by COVID-19. This emergency assistance is provided in a form of a grant and is NOT required to be paid back. Qualifying households can receive one time grants up to $7,500 to pay for emergency housing expenses.
Here is how you can apply:
Applications can be located at the SFC Housing Authority Administrative Offices located at 52 Camino de Jacobo Santa Fe, M 87507 or can be found online at the SFC Housing Authority’s website: https://www.santafecountynm.gov/housing_services
You can also download the application here
Applications can also be submitted directly from the website or dropped off at the address listed above.
For further information please email jjbarela@santafecountynm.gov or contact the SFC Housing Authority at 505-992-3060