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Tents to Rents goal is $60K; participants, sponsors welcome


Mesilla Valley Community of Hope (MVCH) will launch its 2021 Tents to Rents (T2R) fundraising program Sept. 3, with a goal of $60,000 to help people in Las Cruces who are struggling with homelessness to move from MVCH’s Camp Hope tent city at MVCH, 999 W. Amador Ave., into their own apartments.

The program will continue through Friday, Oct. 8.

Participants and sponsors are invited to participate, said MVCH Executive Director Nicole Martinez.

“We hope to have at least 12 participants who will use their social networks and contacts to help raise money for Community of Hope,” Martinez said, adding that MVCH will hold a Sept. 1 orientation session for this year’s participants.

“Last year, we raised $57,870,” Martinez said. “This year it would be great to raise $60,000. We have committed to using T2R to pay all security deposits for people moving into the Desert Hope Apartments.”

Desert Hope is a 40-unit refurbished apartment complex on Pecos Street that opened this month for people who have been living in shelters or on the street.

Martinez came up with the idea for Tents to Rents in 2016. That year, with 10 participants and four sponsors, it raised more than $13,000. In 2017, with 10 participants and 13 sponsors, fundraising reached more than $28,000. In 2018, 15 participants and 22 sponsors raised more than $53,000. The 2019 event, with 16 participants and 14 sponsors, raised almost $52,000.

“Without the community’s help in raising funds for Camp Hope, we would be unable to operate this safe outdoor space that shelters hundreds of people per year,” Martinez said. “We are grateful to the participants, sponsors and donors who have impacted peoples’ lives by helping to end homelessness in Doña Ana County.”

To be a T2R 2021 participant or sponsor, call 575-523-2219 and email hope@zianet.com.

Visit tentstorents.org to donate to T2R 2021.