October 30, 2020
In This Issue
Mortgage and Rental Assistance for New Mexicans Impacted by COVID-19

On Monday, November 2, MFA will begin accepting applications for the new COVID-19 Housing Cost Assistance Program. The program will provide qualifying New Mexicans with as much as $1,500 per month for up to three months to pay back rent or mortgage payments and other housing costs.

   MFA is asking that you help get the word out about this crucial assistance. Please send the printable informational flyer, which is linked here in English and Spanish, to everyone on your mailing list. The flyers are also on MFA's website: housingnm.org.

   Applications will be accepted from 8 a.m. Monday, November 2 through 5 p.m. Friday, November 13 only. The link to the electronic application will be live on MFA's website on November 2. Paper applications may be requested by calling 505-308-4206 or 866-488-0498.

   Applications will be ranked based on household income level or tribal land residency and the date and time the application was received. Please encourage your contacts to start gathering the required supporting documents immediately so they can submit their application in a timely manner. A list of acceptable documents can be found on our website

   The COVID-19 Housing Cost Assistance Program is available to New Mexico households earning 80 percent or less of the median income in their area, adjusted for family size. In order to qualify, applicants must prove that they have suffered a financial hardship that is directly related to the COVID-19 health crisis and documentation of delinquency. Complete program details, including household income limits by county, can be found on MFA's website: housingnm.org

If you have any questions, please call 505-308-4206 or 866-488-0498 or e-mail bcoats@housingnm.org.     -New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority

Raising Lifelong Voters

Notes from the Backpack: A PTA Podcast | Guest: Jahana Hayes  

Civic engagement starts at home! You supported your child through their first steps, their first word, and their first day of school. On the latest episode of National PTA's podcast, Notes from the Backpack, Congresswoman Jahana Hayes shares tips to encourage their next "first"-their first time voting! Start listening and spread the word about the episode using the social media toolkit!
Parents Reaching Out- November 2020 Workshops for Families
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Click here for printable flyer
7 Easy Things to Build with Your Kids

Combat boredom by building something out of nothing 
 with your kids!

Free Mental Wellness Education Program Available to New Mexico Schools and School Based Health Centers
In January of 2020, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico provided a grant to EVERFI to launch a statewide mental wellness education program that is available at no cost for middle and high schools across New Mexico. 
Mental Wellness Basics, a digital course developed by leading education technology provider, EVERFI, provides a population level approach to what is often viewed as an individual issue. Through a public health lens, Mental Wellness Basics provides students with opportunities to explore their own mental health and identify challenges that they may face. The course helps students develop concrete strategies for managing those challenges, while increasing their awareness of resources and empowering them with the knowledge, skills, and language necessary to identify and support a peer who may be struggling.
The Mental Wellness Basics course is designed to be integrated into existing lesson plans and curriculum for students in grades 8 - 10, or provided as an additional resource for support from your School Based Health Center.
To learn more about bringing this critical resource to your school, contact:
Alyssa Kobernick, EVERFI

Genealogy Activities For Kids
Looking for a fun activity for your children? Explore your family history with a genealogy activity. The National Archives offers downloadable family trees and charts for kids of all ages. As an extra activity, create a "food family tree" based on family member's favorite foods.
PTA For Your Child with Our All New Membership Campaign
Have you checked out the new PTA Membership Campaign! PTAs are more important than ever in our new normal, connecting parents, teachers and administrators, and supporting critical school needs. Get started with your FREE materials! ALL of the materials are also available IN SPANISH.
The Power of Positive Attention
The best tool for changing kids' behavior.

How to use it (instead of negative attention) to change behavior

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