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City allocates $400,000 for public-service programs; more for COVID-19


A total of 16 local non-profit organizations will share in $400,000 for health-related, public-service programs for fiscal year 2021-22, the city has announced.

The Las Cruces City Council authorized the funding from the city’s Telshor Facility Fund (TFF), which is money the city receives for the lease of Memorial Medical Center that is jointly owned by the city and county. The council made the authorizations during a recent regular meeting.

The funding, available July 1, is for the specific purpose of providing operating expenses to eligible nonprofits in exchange for qualified health care to the sick, indigent and low-income community members of Las Cruces. 

 The city conducted a competitive application process for the provision of responsive, cost effective, quality health-related public services through partnerships with nonprofits. Grants are awarded on a two-year funding cycle, with renewed funding based on overall program performance, quality of data collection methods and record keeping, satisfactory monitoring reviews and availability of city funding.

These nonprofits each received $27,500 in funding: Mesilla Valley Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), for volunteer development and support; Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico, for the CARE cancer support program; El Caldito Soup Kitchen; Mesilla Valley Community of Hope, for its disability and homeless income program; Southern New Mexico Diabetes Outreach, for diabetes detection prevention, education and support; Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region, for mentoring low-income, at-risk youth;  Casa De Peregrinos emergency food program; Boys and Girls Club of Las Cruces.

These nonprofits received $23,500 each: Families and Youth Inc. for its El Crucero permanent supportive housing program; Jardin De Los Niños childcare for homeless and near homeless children for its Healthy and Wise wellness program; La Casa, Inc. domestic-violence program for its child and youth program; Roadrunner Food Bank, for hunger relief in Las Cruces; Amador Health Center, for its Amador Care Connection program; Mesilla Valley Hospice, for pain control and comfort care for its patients; and La Piñon Sexual Assault Recovery Services, for its Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program.

Catholic Charities of Southern New Mexico received $15,500 for its crime and domestic-violence program.

“The need for community-based services is great, especially during this pandemic,” Mayor Ken Miyagishima said. “My fellow city councilors and I are committed to assisting our vulnerable populations, and the TFF allows us to provide this badly needed support.”

 The council allocated an additional $35,000 from TFF and repurposed a previously awarded $100,000 to assist with the impact of the state public health order to address COVID-19: $75,000 for state programs to purchase and distribute essential supplies; $30,000 to Third Judicial District Court, for veterans treatment court; and $5,000 to Mesilla Valley CASA, for direct services to children aging out of foster case. $100,000 was allocated to the city’s Quality of Life Department for its essential supply fund and $25,00 was allocated to various city departments to pay for handwashing stations and sanitation kits.

The allocation brings to more than $2 million the amount of TFF funds authorized to offset the impact of COVID-19.