Applications now open for New Mexico economic relief payments


SANTA FE, NM — The New Mexico Department of Social Services is now accepting applications for economic assistance from low-income residents.

The window is open until Friday, October 7 at 5 p.m. Payments of at least $400 will be made to qualified lowest-income households first and a limited number of applicants will be accepted based on the availability of funds.

The state legislature earmarked $10 million for the economic relief effort in the 2022 legislative session.

To qualify, you must be a current low-income New Mexico resident with at least one of the following: New Mexico driver’s license number, individual tax identification number, or social security number.

You can access the app at the NM Department of Social Services website. When you apply, you will need all of the following:

  • First name Last Name
  • Either a New Mexico driver’s license, individual tax ID, or social security number
  • Residential address and/or mailing address in New Mexico
  • If applicable, direct deposit information – bank account number and routing number

Upon submission, you will receive a confirmation number indicating that your application appears to be complete and a final decision has not yet been made. A letter by post or email will be sent to you regarding your eligibility status and payment amount.

By the end of November, payments will be processed by NM’s Tax and Revenue Department and issued by direct deposit or check. Only one payment per household will be issued.

If you apply and do not receive notice of final decision and do not receive payment, call the NM Department of Social Services at 1-800-283-4465.

The single benefit amount will not be considered in determining your eligibility for any other programs administered by the NM Department of Social Services, including food, cash, energy, or medical assistance.

Written information is available in English and Spanish and interpretation services are available in 58 different languages. Assistance is also available for customers who are hard of hearing and hard of hearing. For more information, visit the NM Department of Social Services website.


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