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City of Albuquerque, Consumer Financial Protection Alert – Funeral Expense Benefits and Scams

If you lost a loved one to COVID–19, you may be eligible for a government program that pays for funeral expenses. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will pay up to $9,000 for funeral expenses for loved ones who died of COVID–19. Please go to the following link for the official announcement: 2020.05.03 COVID 19 […]

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REAL ID deadline extended to May 2023

New: REAL ID deadline extended to May 2023 The Department of Homeland Security has extended the deadline for enforcement of the REAL ID Act to May 3, 2023. For most New Mexicans, the likeliest effect of the REAL ID Act will be on air travel. If you show your driver’s license or state ID card […]

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State Announces $170M for Rental & Utility Assistance

State Announces $170M for Rental and Utility Assistance Assistance is for households experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 SANTA FE – The state of New Mexico will grant approximately $170M of federal aid to New Mexicans for rental and utility assistance to households experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Department of Finance […]

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Updated Federal Mortgage Deadlines

FEDERAL MORTGAGE DEADLINES: Loan Type Moratorium Expires Announced FHA June 30, 2021 Feb 16, 2021, Mortgagee Letter 2021-05 VA June 30, 2021 Feb 16, 2021, https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/84744/va-extends-existing-moratoriums-evictions-foreclosures-extends-loan-forbearance-opportunities/ USDA June 30, 201 Feb 16, 2021, https://www.rd.usda.gov/coronavirus Fannie Mae June 30, 2021 Feb 26, 2021 LL 2021-02 https://singlefamily.fanniemae.com/media/24891/display Freddie Mac June 30, 2021 Feb 25, 2021 https://guide.freddiemac.com/app/guide/bulletin/2021-8 If […]

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New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority COVID-19 Housing Cost Assistance Program

New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority COVID-19 Housing Cost Assistance Program MFA will be accepting COVID housing assistance program applications starting tomorrow, March 4, 2021 at 8 a.m. More information about this program can be found here: http://www.housingnm.org/static/covid-assistance

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FHA Extends its Foreclosure and Eviction Moratoria and Expands Temporary COVID-19 Forbearance and Servicing Polices to Provide Additional Homeowner Relief

FHA Extends its Foreclosure and Eviction Moratoria and Expands Temporary COVID-19 Forbearance and Servicing Polices to Provide Additional Homeowner Relief Recognizing the financial and other hardships many individuals and families are facing due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is expanding its relief efforts to assist homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages. In […]

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2021 Medicare Savings Programs Eligibility

GOOD NEWS FOR LOW INCOME MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES: EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2021, ELIGIBILITY FOR THE MEDICARE SAVINGS PROGRAMS IS BASED SOLELY ON INCOME.  IT IS NO LONGER NECESSARY TO SATISFY RESOURCE (A/K/A ASSETS) STANDARDS TO BECOME ELIGIBLE The “Medicare Savings Programs” are Medicaid coverages that help low-income Medicare beneficiaries with out-of-pocket costs.  The three most important […]

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Second Round of Economic Impact Payments (Stimulus Payments)

The IRS has started sending out the next round of stimulus payments. Each adult who makes less than $75,000 for an individual or $150,000 for a couple should receive $600 per person. The IRS states that you do not need to do anything to receive this payment. If you received an automatic deposit before, you […]

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Impact of Social Security’s Cost-of-Living-Adjustment for 2021

SOCIAL SECURITY’s 1.3% COLA FOR 2021 IMPACTS SEVERAL BENEFIT PROGRAMS Late last month the federal Social Security Administration announced a comparatively modest 1.3 % “Cost-of-Living-Adjustment” (COLA) increase in Social Security benefits for 2021.  As one measure of inflation, this COLA has clearly been impacted by the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. For Social Security […]

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Mortgage and Rental Assistance Available Now From NM Mortgage Financial Authority

NM MFA Mortgage and Rental Assistance IMPORTANT UPDATE:  If a tenant applied for rental assistance in November but was denied because they could not provide a lease document or evidence of hardship, MFA SAYS:  APPLY AGAIN.   MFA has changed its document requirements and tenants no longer have to provide a written lease or evidence of […]

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