The New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration so far has set aside more money for marketing an emergency rental assistance program than it has doled out in funds to people in need, according to a report presented Friday to the Legislative Finance Committee.

“The rental assistance funding has just been pretty slow to roll out,” Micaela Fischer, program evaluation manager for the committee, told the bipartisan group of lawmakers.

“DFA told us that they’re just starting to distribute their $284 million of funding this month,” she said. “They’ve awarded just shy of $400,000 — one-tenth of 1 percent. It’s not much.”

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