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Financial assistance available for New Mexico homeowners lacking home insurance

Posted On Tue, March 8, 2011

As people complain about the rising costs of home insurance premiums, there are some homeowners that can barely afford to pay their utility bills, never mind insurance.

Such is the plight of Dixey Evans, who told the Clovis News Journal that she hasn't had running water for seven and a half weeks because the cold snap of weather New Mexico recently received broke her pipes.

"When you're on Social Security, you can barely eat, much less afford insurance," Evans told the paper.

With people like Evans in mind, the paper reports Governor Susana Martinez has allocated money for residents lacking home insurance to help them repair damage that may have occurred in February.

Sandy Chancey, interim director for the Eastern Plains Council of Governments, tells the Clovis News Journal that the program provides for $2,000 per eligible homeowner on a first-come, first-served basis.

The money allocated for New Mexico homeowners is made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's block grant program. The funds are traditionally used for community development purposes, such as ensuring affordable housing or helping a region maintain or create jobs. 

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