Mom seeks help catching up on rent

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Posted: Monday, December 2, 2013 12:43 am | Updated: 12:52 am, Mon Dec 2, 2013.

Melissa Garcia is a single mother of four children. She just started a new job and is making $700 a month but has fallen behind on her rent by $959, a total of two months’ rent, and her landlord has sent her legal documents threatening to evict her.

The landlord has given an extension to Garcia but said she needs to pay the total of $959 in order to continue living in her house.

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  • Geri Budenholzer posted at 12:26 pm on Wed, Dec 4, 2013.

    peachntank Posts: 2

    Thank you for your information, Mr. Long.

    Mr. Salazar, the names being used in these stories are not the applicants' real names.

  • Steve Salazar posted at 2:07 pm on Tue, Dec 3, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 866

    I don't remember the names of those in need being mentioned in years past.

  • Kenneth Long posted at 12:35 pm on Tue, Dec 3, 2013.

    Kenneth Long Posts: 2

    Hi Geri, the local contact would be one of 2 agencies in Santa Fe. She may contact The Life Link at 505-438-0010 (http://wp.me/p3veYX-jg) provides help for lower income residents.

    Youth Shelters and Family Services (505-983-0586) may be able to help younger adults, but since she already has 4 children she is probably not a candidate for that program.

  • Geri Budenholzer posted at 5:30 pm on Mon, Dec 2, 2013.

    peachntank Posts: 2

    Mr. Long, thank you for your comment. I am the chairperson of the Empty Stocking Fund committee and would appreciate more information on the program you mention below. Please post the information here or call the New Mexican and ask for the HR Manager.
    Geri Budenholzer

  • Kenneth Long posted at 3:50 pm on Mon, Dec 2, 2013.

    Kenneth Long Posts: 2

    Ms. Garcia should not forget about the Emergency Shelter Grant Move-In Assistance Program. The state does provide help with her late rent or assistance with moving into a more affordable rental home. She can use it only once, but it sounds like this is an emergency situation where it is warranted since she is already a couple of months late and facing an eviction.

    There are six partners in Albequerque that can match her up with the benefits, as well as four others in the rest of the state.


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