New Mexico Works (NM Works)

Updated June 14, 2019

New Mexico Works (NM Works) — New Mexico’s version of TANF, is the essential part of the safety net for very low-income families in New Mexico.

It provides time-limited cash assistance to families who qualify. Eligibility guidelines are provided here.

While cash benefits are meager, about $447 per month for a family of three, NM Works provides the much needed assistance for thousands of New Mexicans each month.

With a few exceptions, NM Works recipients must spend 20 to 30 hours per week in activities to help them get work skills that will allow them to leave the program for suitable jobs.

Receipt of NM Works is limited to no more than 60 months. However, there is a hardship exception that allows some families to continue getting TANF payments beyond that limit. Proof of hardship circumstances is required.

Application for all public assistance in New Mexico can be done online via Yes! New Mexico — the official portal for people in New Mexico to apply, renew and check benefits at the comfort of their home.

To learn more about the program, you may use the Office Locator Map to find a NMHSD Income Support Field Office near you or contact

ISD Customer Service Center
(800) 283-4465