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The coronavirus has thrust thousands of New Mexicans into economic turmoil and housing insecurity. But despite the fact that evictions pose a known threat to public health, landlords across New Mexico have continued to file evictions throughout the pandemic.

Helped out

Landlords tried to evict nearly 200 households with pending rental assistance applications. | by Ike Swetlitz and Luciana Perez Uribe Guinassi

Eviction Epidemic

Searchlight analyzed 10 years of court records to find out which landlords evicted tenants. Here are the results.

Sectioned off

With rent prices skyrocketing, more and more Albuquerque landlords have been refusing Section 8 tenants. | by Ike Swetlitz

New Mexico’s affordable housing crisis has solutions

New Mexico’s affordable housing crisis has solutions, according to UNM law professor and advocate Serge Martinez | by Annabella Farmer

Motel of last resort

Amid a housing crisis, a Motel 6 in Albuquerque offers shelter for those in dire need. | by Luciana Perez Uribe Guinassi and Don J. Usner

Illegal notice

In Albuquerque, the eviction moratorium did little to stop landlords from trying to force hundreds of people from their homes | by Dillon Bergin, Ike Swetlitz, and Luciana Perez Uribe Guinassi

Locked out

Searchlight New Mexico spent months investigating why state and federal bans failed to stop thousands of evictions during the pandemic | by Kate Schimel and Dillon Bergin

Seeking shelter

After suffering one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the country, this New Mexico town on the edge of Navajo Nation is reaching a breaking point as the federal eviction moratorium is set to expire.

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