COVID-19 and New Mexico Voices for Children
While the daily deluge of news around the COVID-19 pandemic is rarely good, early action by our governor means New Mexico is actually better prepared for the pandemic than are many states. We are also slightly better prepared for the recession that is sure to follow (you can read more about that here). It’s looking like a special session of the Legislature will be necessary to address the loss of revenue from dropping oil and gas prices, and we want to assure you that we’ll be there (either in person or remotely) to make sure the needs of New Mexico’s kids, families, and communities are front and center.
- Our office is closed but we are working remotely. You may contact us either through the form on this page or find staff members’ email addresses at the bottom of the page here. (You may also leave messages on the direct phone lines listed for each staff member, but it may be some time before they are retrieved.)
- We will hold our annual KIDS COUNT conference as a interactive series of online events, beginning on August 25. We’re still hammering out the details, but we’ll keep you updated. Information on the conference is here.
- We just launched a series of FACT SHEETS, titled “How the Federal COVID-19 Response Impacts New Mexico,” about aid packages passed by Congress and what they will mean for New Mexico:
- Read the introduction here.
- Read the first fact sheet, on stimulus checks, here.
- Read the second fact sheet, on food assistance, here.
- Read the third fact sheet, on small business provisions, here.
- Read the fourth fact sheet, on fiscal relief for tribes, states and cities, here.
- Link to the fifth fact sheet, on unemployment insurance, here.
- Link to the sixth fact sheet, on education, here.
- Read our REPORT, Essential but Excluded, on how many immigrant families have been left out of the relief packages – and how that will hinder New Mexico’s economy – here.
- Read our BLOG on how lawmakers can forge a path forward by investing in our families here.
- Read our BLOG on how the pandemic has illuminated our nation’s economic, racial, and ethnic disparities here.
- Read our BLOG on state policy recommendations to help families impacted by the economic changes here.
- Read our BLOG on how the safety net can be improved during this crisis here.
- Read our BLOG on the U.S. Census and how the pandemic adds another barrier to a complete count here.
- Find information about COVID-19 cases in New Mexico, public health orders, test sites, and more here (NM Department of Health).
- Find information on getting your stimulus check, and how get a direct deposit here (IRS).
- Find tips about COVID-19 stimulus check scams here (city of Albuquerque).
- Find tips about COVID-19 insurance and medical scams here (NM offices of Superintendent of Insurance and Attorney General).
- Find out how to report if you believe identity thieves have stolen your stimulus check here (Federal Trade Commission).
If You Need Help:
- Find the food bank closest to your community here (Roadrunner Food Bank) and here (NM Association of Food Banks).
- Find information about, and a link to apply for, unemployment insurance benefits here (NM Department of Workforce Solutions).
- Find information about, and a link to apply for, SNAP (food stamp) benefits here (NM Human Services Department).
- Find information about, and a link to apply for, Medicaid (health insurance) here (NM Human Services Department).
- Find information about, and a link to apply for, TANF (cash assistance) here (NM Human Services Department).
If You Want to Help:
- Find blood donation sites in northern New Mexico here (Vitalant).
- Find blood donation sites in southern New Mexico and western Texas here (Vitalant).
- Find information on how to help your local food bank here (Roadrunner Food Bank) and here (NM Association of Food Banks).
- Help provide supplies to our tribal communities by making a donation to the Pueblo Relief Fund (All Pueblo Council of Governors & Indian Pueblo Cultural Center) or the Native American Relief Fund (NM Community Foundation).
- Help provide grocery cards to our Asian and Pacific Islander neighbors by making a donation to the Asian & Pacific Islander Supplemental Aid Project (NM-ASAP) (Asian American Association of NM).
- Help provide relief for immigrants without documentation here (NM Dream Team).
- Find information on how to make (and wear) cloth face masks here (CDC).