Resources for Those Impacted by Government Shutdown

Resources for Those Impacted by Government Shutdown

Jan 24, 2019

As a community-focused institution serving a wide range of New Mexicans, CNM recognizes that the recent federal government shutdown has deeply impacting our students and their family members who are federal workers, contractors, and/or who may access federally funded and hosted resources like free school lunch programs, SNAP benefits, and more.

We also know there are unique challenges from the shutdown that our Native American students face on tribal lands and in tribal communities, such as lack of snow-clearing services by the federally funded Bureau of Indian Affairs.

We recognize that basics like food, utilities, and medical care are required in order to access higher education and take the path upwards, and we’re committed to doing our part to help students and our community.

CNM Food Drive:

CNM is conducting a food drive to support furloughed workers. You can drop off non-perishable items at any CNM campus. Donations are being accepted until Feb. 4. The specific locations for donation drop off are listed below:

Main Campus - SSC, JS,SB, SRC

Montoya Campus - I-211

Rio Rancho Campus - RR-121

South Valley Campus - SVI

Westside Campus - WSII-104

Workforce Training Center - Main entrance

Advanced Technology Center - 101

STEMulus Center - FUSE Makerspace 

Below are some resources for students, faculty and staff, as well as community resources.

Note: the next financial aid disbursement for students is scheduled for Feb. 6 and is expected to be unaffected by the shutdown. Military veteran students on the G.I. Bill are still receiving their benefits.

Student Resources:

Connect Services – Students at CNM can get in touch with Academic Coaches at Connect Services for help accessing free resources here on campus and in the community.

Computer Lab (free access) – Students at CNM can use computer labs to access the internet, and access free wi-fi at all campuses.

Rust Opportunity Assistance Fund – This fund is specifically aimed at helping students face unforeseen financial hardships, such as the shutdown, with financial assistance to continue their education.

Payment Plans - As part of CNM’s normal procedures, once a student establishes a payment plan, we do not drop classes.

There is no need to contact the Cashier’s Office unless you are unable to pay an installment past February, and if the shutdown is still active at that point you can also contact the Cashier’s Office team, who will note your account to provide additional time.

If the shutdown continues into March, we will also reach out with a special bill / notice offering to hold your balance until the shutdown ends and you are able to continue your payments.

Community Resources:

Community Resources – A list of resources in the community compiled by CNM’s Connect Services team, with information on location organizations that provide food assistance / food pantries, help with utilities and transportation, and more.

New Mexico Crisis and Access Line – This free counseling service is for anyone who is experiencing any kind of emotional crisis, mental health or substance abuse issue. It is open 24 hrs/day 7 days/week – 1-855-NMCRISIS (662-7474).

Piñon Coffee House is offering a free regular drip coffee when federal employees show a photo ID or badge.

Meow Wolf is offering free admission for any federal employee with photo ID or badge throughout the shutdown.

PNM has offered to keep the power on for federal employees who are behind on their utility bill. The Good Neighbor Fund also provides assistance to PNM customers facing an unexpected financial hardship due to an emergency situation, federal shutdown-related or otherwise.

New Mexico Gas Company is asking furloughed workers to call 1-888-664-2726 to discuss payment arrangements for their residential service and to inquire about additional assistance.

Nusenda Credit Union and U.S. Eagle Federal Credit Union are offering loans for those impacted by the shutdown.

A helpful story in the Albuquerque Journal on steps to take if you’re at risk of falling behind on mortgage or rent.

The ABQ BioPark, Albuquerque International Balloon Museum and Albuquerque Museum are offering free admission to furloughed employees and a guest.