Housing For All

Santa Fe Realtors Launch Housing Presidential Group (PAG)

The Santa Fe Association of REALTORS® 2024 President, Joshua Maes, has established a Housing Presidential Advisory Group (PAG) with the goal of researching sustainable solutions to meet Santa Fe’s growing housing needs. This PAG builds upon previous initiatives while aiming to brainstorm and implement fresh responses to current challenges. Low inventory and comparatively high interest rates in combination with the unprecedented levels of funding for housing and the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority, which were budgeted in 2023 by New Mexico State leaders, are a compelling mix of heightened need and opportunity. Presidential Advisory Groups (PAGs) are formed by presidents of local, state, and national Realtor® associations to tackle vital internal or external issues facing associations and communities. PAGs access a wider range of thought leaders, experts and resources than is common with standing committees. Many are established with a budget and timeframe within which to complete their work. To kick off the Housing PAG, President Maes recruited Kurt Hill to serve as Chair. Kurt served on the Mayor’s Housing Taskforce, in collaboration with area housing advocates, to create a housing plan of action, and was instrumental in leading a regional, multi-housing conference. The Santa Fe Association of REALTORS® has a decades long commitment to affordable housing, property rights and to preserving and expanding generational wealth made possible through home ownership. Through direct financial support for local housing programs, advocacy for policy initiatives that expand opportunity while preserving property rights, and through the volunteer service of its members, the Santa Fe Association of REALTORS® will continue to work to make homeownership more affordable for all Santa Feans.

County of Santa Fe Announces Home Rehabilitation & Energy Efficiency Program Grants

On May 8, 2024, Santa Fe County launched a new program designed to help property owners maintain and rehabilitate their homes and some landlords for home improvement projects. The program has a $1 million budget and funds will be available on a first come, first served basis. The program can provide up to a $50,000 grant to low- and moderate-income homeowners to cover all or part of the costs of home projects such as roof, stucco and window replacements; energy efficiency upgrades, such as installation of solar panels and smart thermostats; hazard remediation projects like asbestos and mold abatement; Americans with Disability Act modifications; and residential connections to public utilities. Any homeowner in Santa Fe County at or below the area’s median income will be eligible for a home rehabilitation grant. A single homeowner earning up to $64,100 per year, a two-person household earning up to $73,200, or a four-person household earning up to $91,5000 would quality for the county grants. Landlords leasing a home to tenants who receive rental assistance from a local, state or federal housing program for households at or below 80% of the area’s median income will also be eligible for the grants. Grant applications are expected to open by the end of May.

City Launches New Endangered Properties Program with Habitat for Humanity

The City of Santa Fe Historic Preservation Division is assisting the Historic Santa Fe Foundation (HSFF) in its partnership with Habitat for Humanity to launch a maintenance and repair assistance program for historic homes. The new program is called the Endangered Properties Program and intends to sustain traditional communities by assisting with stabilization repairs to allow low-income homeowners to safely stay in their homes and retain property within their family. The City Historic Preservation Division can support the launch of HSFF’s new program thanks to a $24,000 Certified Local Government (CLG) grant from the State of New Mexico Historic Preservation Division (NMHPD). To be eligible, properties must be owner-occupied, be 50 years or older, and represent the vernacular building traditions and materials of the Santa Fe area. HSFF will work with Habitat for Humanity to determine which properties are eligible based on the program criteria and the required income qualification of the homeowners. The grant will not pay for actual repairs on identified properties. Repairs will be paid for through Habitat for Humanity. The program pilot under this grant is expected to conclude in September 2024. To learn more about the program, visit www.nmhistoricpreservation.org/programs/clg

City's Planning & Land Use Department Hosts Built for the Future Event - Monday June 10th

The City of Santa Fe’s Planning and Land Use Department invites you to their upcoming convening “Built for the Future” on Monday, June 10th from 8:00 AM – 2:00PM at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center with breakfast and lunch provided. This convening event is for the entire local building community. The City is encouraging local builders and developers along the spectrum, from novice to experienced, to attend. The City aims to bring together key stakeholders and development members to discuss crucial topics and initiatives that will impact the future of the city. Interested participants can learn more about the event and register at: https://santafenm.gov/news/built-for-the-future-conference-planned-for-june-10

City of Santa Fe Rolls Out New Digital Appointment Booking

The City of Santa Fe’s Planning and Land Use Department has begun rolling out a new FrontDesk Digital Appointment Booking Application software platform. The software launched this week and is now open for appointment booking with Business Licensing. The full rollout for all other Planning and Land Use Department divisions is expected to be completed by July. This software tool is a component of the Planning and Land Use modernization effort aimed at enhancing the customer service experience and creating more efficient and effective communications between customers and Land Use Staff to improve the department's overall service delivery. The Planning and Land Use department receives a high volume of inquiries and requests for meetings. FrontDesk will help streamline these important interactions and improve the user and staff experience. Online appointments for the Business Licensing Office can now be booked here.

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