Oct. 25, 2016
Low income residents invited to area's largest assistance fair
PNM hosts assistance event Oct. 29, 9 - 11 a.m., St. Pius X High School
Albuquerque: PNM and the City of Albuquerque will bring together more than 40 helping agencies for a one-day assistance event at St. Pius X High School, 5301 Saint Joseph's Drive NW, in Albuquerque on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 to 11 a.m.
This family-oriented event will provide limited income and income challenged residents with one-stop access to a wide range of resources.
"Many people who find themselves in difficult situations often don't know where to turn," says Maddie Martinez-Vega, PNM low-income program manager. "This assistance fair will help families see all the ways they can get help and everything our city has to offer."
People facing even the most difficult situations can find solutions thanks to the programs offered by PNM and the many community partners.
Agencies will offer help with job training and assistance, foreclosure prevention, food boxes, medical program information including free flu shots, legal aid, property tax information, financial class registration, consumer protection information and low cost pet services. Services designed for seniors and people with developmental disabilities will also be available.
Children will have the opportunity to meet McGruff the Crime Dog, receive a free toy and get an up-close view of a police car.
PNM will offer help with electric bills for families experiencing an emergency, through the PNM Good Neighbor Fund. To apply for assistance through the PNM Good Neighbor Fund, you must bring proof of income for all adults in the home, identification for everyone in the family and your past-due PNM electric bill.
Representatives from the offices of Senator Martin Heinrich and Senator Tom Udall will be in attendance.
Below is a list of the agencies providing help and assistance:
Utility Bill, Housing and Foreclosure Resources
- Bernalillo County Treasurer and Assessor: Property tax savings programs, applications for value freeze program and general property valuation information
- Central New Mexico Housing: Weatherization and energy efficiency programs for low income qualified homes
- PNM Good Neighbor Fund: Help with past due PNM bills for families facing emergency situations
- PNM Energy Efficiency Programs: Free energy saving light bulbs and information on rebate programs
- United South Broadway Corporation: Home foreclosure counseling and assistance
Food, Healthcare and Nutrition Resources
- beWellnm: Health insurance
- Community Dental: Low cost dental services
- First Choice Behavioral Health Services: Information about behavioral health services
- Roadrunner Food Bank: SNAP (food stamps) registration
- Walgreens: Free flu shots
- Women, Infants and Children (WIC): Food programs for pregnant and breastfeeding women and young children
Safety, Public and City/State Services
- Albuquerque Police Department: Crime prevention, Crisis Outreach and Support Team and McGruff the Crime Dog
- City of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs: Variety of programs for senior citizens
- New Mexico Attorney General Consumer Protection Division: Consumer protection information and scam alerts
- New Mexico Human Services Department: Variety of services including health coverage, child support, food assistance and income support
Children and Families
- City of Albuquerque Division of Child and Family Development: Parenting and family services information
- City of Albuquerque Department of Family and Community Services: Toys for Tots registration, assistance with rent, utilities and emergency food boxes
- Family Solutions Methodist Children's Home: Variety of services for families including case management
- New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department: Information about PullTogether, a program to reduce child abuse
- Outcomes - Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Resource for grandparents raising their grandchildren
- Youth Development Inc.: After-school programs, GED classes, workforce programs and job training
Education and Job Training
- Albuquerque Public Schools Title One: Support for families in transition with school resources and advocates
- Central New Mexico Community College: Certificate and degree programs
- Goodwill Industries: Job development, job placement, senior employment and support services for veteran families
- New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation: Employment assistance for people with disabilities
- New Mexico Workforce Connection: No cost employment services, training, veteran services, resume writing and help with the unemployment process
- True North Financial Ministries: Financial classes
- Adelante: Information and programs for persons with developmental disabilities
- Lucky Paws: Shelter pets available for adoption
- Pegasus Legal Services: Legal services for children
- Safe House: Domestic violence and safe house programs
- Safe Link Wireless: Free cell phone and plans for qualified persons
- Silver Horizons: Support for low income and at-risk seniors
- Wings for Life International: Support for families with incarcerated members
With headquarters in Albuquerque, PNM is the largest electricity provider in New Mexico, serving more than 500,000 customers in dozens of communities across the state. PNM is a subsidiary of PNM Resources, an energy holding company also headquartered in Albuquerque. For more information, visit PNM.com.