The City of Las Cruces Economic Development Department conducted a competitive RFP process for community and economic development initiatives.
The City planned to allocate approximately $ 10.4 million in federal funds for programs or services that addressed or mitigated the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on households, businesses or residents who have been affected. disproportionately due to the public health emergency.
Potential project proposals could relate to the following program areas:
- Programs or services that facilitate access to health and social services.
- Programs or services that address housing insecurity, lack of affordable housing or homelessness.
- Programs or services that address or mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency on education or that promote healthy childhood environments.
- Programs or services that support small businesses or non-profit organizations with loans, grants, in-kind assistance, or counseling programs to mitigate the negative economic impact of the pandemic, such as declining income or losses. impacts of business closures.
- Programs or services that support small businesses or nonprofit organizations with technical assistance, advice, or other services to meet business planning needs.
- Programs or services that accelerate the recovery of affected sectors, such as tourism, travel and hospitality, which have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and business closures.
- Programs or services that help households cope with the negative economic impacts of COVID-19.
The town of Las Cruces has received approximately $ 26.3 million in applications from local nonprofit and community partners. The ARPA Selection Committee will recommend the following projects for funding to the Las Cruces City Council on December 6, 2021.
A public comment period to solicit comments on the funding proposals begins on Monday, November 15, 2021 and will continue until Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at noon. Recommended projects include:
- Mesilla Valley Hope Community; Housing Risk Mitigation Fund, $ 600,000.
- Southern New Mexico Community Foundation / Bitwise; Equip Las Cruces, $ 2,000,000.
- Southern New Mexico Community Action Agency; Guaranteed Basic Income Project, $ 1,700,000.
- Garden of los Niños; Thriving Families Program, $ 350,000.
- Catholic charities in southern New Mexico; COVID-19 Stimulus Fund, $ 550,000.
- New Mexico Housing & Community Development Corp .; Peachtree Affordable Housing Project, $ 2,000,000.
- Boys and Girls Club of Las Cruces, new establishment BGCLC, $ 1,000,000.
- Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority; Oak Street Veterans Affordable Housing Project, $ 350,000.
Public comments can be submitted by any of the following methods:
By mail: Department of Economic Development
Housing and neighborhood services program
Attention: ARPA Funding
P.O. Box 20000
Las Cruces, NM 88004
By email: [email protected]
By phone: 575 / 528-3022 (voice) or 575 / 528-3157 (TTY).
For more information, contact Natalie Green, Housing and Neighborhood Services Manager, at 575 / 528-3086 or by email at [email protected]