New Mexico’s congressional delegation — U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján and U.S. Reps. Teresa Leger Fernández, Melanie Stansbury and Gabe Vasquez — welcomed more than $16 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Continuum of Care program to support New Mexico projects that provide housing assistance and supportive services to people experiencing homelessness.

“We need to take an all-of-the-above approach to growing our affordable housing stock and providing New Mexicans experiencing homelessness the services they need,” Heinrich said. “I’m proud to welcome this historic federal investment that takes us one step closer to ensuring every person in New Mexico has a stable and secure place to call home.”

HUD’s Continuum of Care program is the backbone federal program supporting community homelessness response systems across the country, providing grants to nonprofit providers, states, tribes and local governments for permanent and short-term housing assistance, supportive services, planning, data and other costs.

“Housing is a human right,” Stansbury said. “But far too many New Mexicans have been denied equal access to affordable housing, which hurts all of our communities. That’s why I am thrilled that New Mexico will receive $16 million from the Biden-Harris Administration to help end homelessness. This investment will help people find permanent housing and grant them crucial access to programs they need to survive.”

As part of the total funding of $16,273,415 for New Mexico, Sandoval County will receive $372,924.

The nationwide total of $3.16 billion announced this week represents the largest-ever amount of Continuum of Care program funding awarded to communities to address homelessness in history and provides a critical expansion of resources at a time when rates of homelessness are rising in most communities.