SANTA FE – Low-income New Mexicans who didn’t receive a federal stimulus check have until Friday to request a one-time payment of up to $750 in cash from the state government.
The assistance is part of an emergency package of aid approved in last month’s special legislative session – backed largely by federal funding.
New Mexico residents should fill out an online form to apply. The online portal – at www.yes.state.nm.us/yesnm/cares – will open at 9 a.m. Saturday and run through 5 p.m. Friday.
The $5 million program is aimed at helping low-income residents who didn’t qualify for a federal payment. Applicants should provide their names; Social Security number; individual taxpayer identification number or New Mexico drivers license number; address; and direct deposit information (U.S. bank account number and routing number), if available.
A handful of community partners can help answer questions and assist in the application process – NM CAFé, El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos, Partnership for Community Action, New Mexico Voices for Children and Somos Un Pueblo Unido.
“It is imperative that we continue to support New Mexico families who are struggling during this challenging time and move to distribute the funds as quickly as possible,” Karmela Martinez, director for the Income Support Division at the Human Services Department, said in a news release.