Family Prosperity/Cash Support
Las Cruces Phase
(applications now closed)
Selected families are single caregivers with a child in the home who is under 16. Household income and living in Las Cruces were also taken into consideration for determining eligibility. Priority was given to randomly selected residents in zip codes 88001, 88005 and 88007 in the City’s economic investment zone.
The program will be evaluated in partnership with New Mexico State University’s Crimson Research. Chosen individuals in the active group as well as the comparison group will complete regular surveys and questionnaires to aid in evaluation. The goal is to evaluate how unrestricted cash support affects quality-of-life, education, employment, childcare, and physical and mental health.
Research has shown that when people are given unrestricted cash payments, recipients are able to pull themselves out of poverty, plan for the future, and create stability for themselves and their families (Economic Security Project, 2019). Family Prosperity will give recipients more freedom, dignity and self-determination to make choices for their financial well-being.
CAASNM is grateful for major support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico for the study conducted in Hatch. Further funding for the large-scale project was provided by the City of Las Cruces ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act 2021) funding.