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 community 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). As a CLG, the City of Santa Fe is one of 10 New Mexico communities with access to funding from the NMHPD via the competitive CLG program. The CLG grant required no match from the City, and the funds will assist the HSFF and the Endangered Properties Program with the following:
Identifying three properties that meet the project criteria.
Working with property owners to determine maintenance needs and eligibility.
Capturing oral histories associated with the neighborhood or property.
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. The City of Santa Fe Historic Preservation Division will coordinate and manage the grant as well as provide a list of endangered properties that are known within the historic districts to the HSFF. Properties outside of the historic districts but within the city limits can also be served by this grant-supported pilot project. 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.
If you or someone you know may qualify for this program, contact Melanie McWhorter at firstname.lastname@example.org.