Santa Fe landscaper fears eviction, reaches out for help

December 22, 2018

A 46-year-old Santa Fe man says he isn’t earning much lately because he makes his living in landscaping and “my job got slow.”

He said he has difficulty finding other work because he has a hard time reading and writing.

Between making truck payments and paying child support he has fallen behind on his rent. He wrote in his application that his landlord is threatening to have him evicted.

He is among hundreds of people asking for help from the Empty Stocking Fund.

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The Empty Stocking Fund is a project of the Santa Fe New Mexican. The Santa Fe Community Foundation, Los Alamos National Bank, the Salvation Army, Presbyterian Medical Services, the Life Link, Habitat for Humanity and the Housing Trust donate services to jointly administer the Empty Stocking Fund.

The newspaper is publishing stories featuring requests for assistance from local residents.

The information from the initial application will be verified if the applicant is selected for assistance.

Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are considered without regard to race, creed, place or country of origin, age, disability, ethnicity, color, gender identity, marital status or sexual orientation. They must live in Santa Fe County or Rio Arriba County and provide a Social Security number.

The deadline to apply for assistance has passed.

To donate: Make your tax-deductible donation online at www.santafenewmexican.com/empty_stocking or mail a check to The New Mexican’s Empty Stocking Fund c/o the Santa Fe Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1827, Santa Fe, NM 87504-1827.

Donors can request to remain anonymous.

If you can provide a service such as roofing or home repairs, contact Habitat for Humanity at repairs@santafehabitat.org.

If you can contribute food, clothing, toys, housewares, furniture, firewood, or other items or services, call the Salvation Army at 505-988-8054.


Anonymous (10): $4,475

Anonymous, in honor of Mary Ann and John Pound: $100

Anonymous, in memory of Eric Robert Romero, 3/6/1999 - 3/3/2017: $100

AAA Self Storage Co.: $200

Marcy Adam: $100

Linda Aikin: $150

Trish and Richard Arens: $250

Louise Abel and Bond Atterbury, in memory of Jean Abel and Kitty Atterbury: $500

Susan Drobeck and Samuel Berne: $40

Paul and Ellen Biderman: $250

Elisabet Bolton: $25

Pat West-Barker and Richard Cady: $50

Margaret and Pete Clay, in memory of Peggy Hill: $150

Marilyn Foss: $50

Total: $6,440

Cumulative total: $155,408.19

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