Cash assistance programs give financial support to low-income people so they can provide for their basic needs. Some cash assistance programs also provide education and job training to help eligible families and individuals become self-sufficient. Various cash assistance programs are available in New Mexico to help those in need.
Please note that this is not a complete list of cash assistance programs that may be available to you.
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TANF is a government program that gives cash assistance to low-income families with dependent children. In New Mexico, it is sometimes called "New Mexico Works." More broadly, TANF may be known as "welfare" or "public assistance." You must have a child or be pregnant to qualify for TANF, and you must have little income and few resources. Many families must also meet work and school requirements.
SSI is a need-based cash assistance program that gives help to elders age 65 or older, and adults or children who are blind or disabled. SSI is for people with limited income and resources.
General Assistance is a New Mexico state-funded program that provides financial assistance to dependent needy children and disabled adults who are not eligible for assistance under a federally matched financial assistance program such as New Mexico Works (NMW) or the federal program of supplemental security income (SSI).