County Ready to Assist Renters in Need


Bernalillo County is prepared to administer the $5 million emergency rental assistance grant accepted by county commissioners last month.  The Bernalillo County Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants (RENT) assistance program makes available $5 million to assist households that are unable to pay rent and utilities due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The funds are provided directly to states, U.S. territories, local governments, and Native American tribes.  Bernalillo County received $5 million for assistance.

The grant, made available to Bernalillo County by the United States Treasury, has been earmarked for qualifying renters outside the city limits of Albuquerque, but within the county.  Applicants can verify if they are located outside of the City of Albuquerque before applying by using the provided locator map. Please click here for a short instructional video on how to use the map.

The grant covers rent and renters’ utility payments, which will be applied towards past rent and utilities due starting April 2020 through December 2021, for up to six months of rental and utility assistance payments, but no more than $10,000 for rent and/or utilities. This grant does not cover mortgage payments nor mortgage owners’ utilities.

Bernalillo County Economic Development Department will begin taking paper applications on Monday, March 8. Online applications will begin on Monday, March 22.  To download RENT program documents go to:  Once completed, paper applications - along with copies of the required documents - shall be delivered to the downtown Bernalillo County Treasurer’s tax payment drop-box at Fifth and Marquette NW.

Applications may also be MAILED to:

Bernalillo County
Attn: Economic Development
C/O Sulema Lenz
One Civic Plaza
10th Floor, County Manager’s Office
Albuquerque, NM 87102

To qualify applicants must:
•    Live outside the city of Albuquerque's municipal boundary within Bernalillo County.
•    Have COVID-19 related income loss that has made it difficult or unable to pay rent;
•    Have documentation that shows the household’s current total gross household income is less than 80% of the median family income;
•    Currently be on a lease, and not be recipients of other federally subsidized rental assistance programs (such as Section 8 or project-based voucher assistance, a housing choice voucher, or public housing);
•    Not be a full-time student whose rent is paid by someone else.

Bernalillo County Average Median Income:

Required Documents:
•    Copy of government-issued photo ID or head of household, such as a New Mexico driver’s license, passport, green card, U.S. Visa, or other identity card.  
•    Proof of household's current gross annual income
Proof of gross annual income as of 12/31/2020 for all household members (3rd party documentation or signed self-certification form or written and written/signed statement). For any household members who did not have income before COVID-19 need to submit a self-certification of zero income.
Third party documentation includes:

  • 2020 tax return,
  • Social Security/SSI benefit letter,
  • Proof of child support,
  • TANF assistance letter,
  • Veterans benefits letter,
  • Proof of annuities,
  • Proof of retirement funds,
  • Pension benefit letter,
  • Worker’s compensation/severance pay verification,
  • Armed Forces pay verification,
  • Student financial assistance verification,
  • Regular contributions or gifts verification,
  • Alimony verification

•    Proof of COVID-related income loss, such as CARES Act unemployment benefits letter, letter from employer, pay stubs showing reduced hours, self-certification/written and signed statement, etc.
•    Proof of lease or rental agreement, invoicing/receipts from extended stay hotel/motels, or self-certification of a verbal lease.
•    Proof of past due utility bills or disconnect notice. (Qualified utilities include: water, gas, electricity, and/or internet service.)
Email questions or call 505-468-1279.

Bernalillo County residents that live within the city of Albuquerque, please follow the link below for rental, utility, and eviction protection assistance programs from the City of Albuquerque.
City of Albuquerque Rental and Utility Assistance or call 311

Bernalillo County residents that need mortgage payment assistance, please follow the link below to the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority’s COVID-19 Housing Cost Assistance Program.
NMFA COVID-19 Housing Cost Assistance Program

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