Eliaquim Paz, a 12-year-old student at Nina Otero Community School, has spent the past two years living in two trailers, rented rooms, a shelter, his mother's car and a storage unit. His family's story is shared by many others in a city with a long-insufficient supply of affordable housing. Santa Fe Public Schools estimates over 10 percent of its students, or more than 1,200, experience homelessness each school year.
Moratoriums on evictions are keeping tens of thousands of New Mexicans from being ousted from their homes amid the pandemic, but past-due rent payments are mounting.
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Santa Fe has long had an affordable housing crisis, with many families struggling to find — and stay in — a home. Those struggles have only increased during the coronavirus pandemic.
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