N.M. housing nonprofit wins $3.5M federal grant to update energy efficiency in buildings

By: - November 1, 2023 4:45 am

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A southern New Mexico nonprofit will receive a $3.5 million federal grant that will facilitate upgrades to their building and for other nonprofits to spend on making their buildings energy-efficient.

Other grantees

Tierra Del Sol Housing Corporation will distribute funds and offer support to manage projects for other nonprofits in New Mexico, Texas and potentially Arizona, according to the grant’s website. The following groups are part of Tierra Del Sol’s official partners:

  • Doña Ana Community College (DACC)
  • New Mexico State University (NMSU)
  • New Mexico Building Trades Council
  • New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light
  • Southwestern Area Workforce Development Board
  • EnergyWorks in El Paso, Texas

The Tierra Del Sol Housing Corporation in Las Cruces is one of nine recipients of $45 million from the U.S. Department of Energy. The program picked nine “prime recipients” who will distribute funds, and manage any programs for smaller “subrecipient” nonprofits.

Tierra Del Sol manages low-income apartments and senior housing across southern New Mexico and far west Texas, provides temporary housing for farmworkers, and constructs low-income housing, according to their website.

Executive Director Rosa Garcia told Source NM that the nonprofit will provide funding to other nonprofits such as programs at Doña Ana Community College, New Mexico State University, faith groups and housing nonprofits in Arizona and Texas to upgrade a total of 17 buildings.

“Each one lays out specific improvements, and then each of us have to match it,” she said.

The money would be used in offices, or in the case of religious organizations, their parish halls or other facilities, Garcia said.

The $3.5 million grant will require a nearly $900,000 match from nonprofits, according to the grant’s website.

Garcia said the organization was waiting on further details from the federal government on when the money will come down, or how much was approved for each organization.

Last year, the nonprofit received $1.6 million in earmarks from U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich for the planning and engineering costs to build 14 low-income entirely electric houses in Columbus, New Mexico.

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Danielle Prokop
Danielle Prokop

Danielle Prokop covers the environment and local government in Southern New Mexico for Source NM. Her coverage has delved into climate crisis on the Rio Grande, water litigation and health impacts from pollution. She is based in Las Cruces, New Mexico.