The Vision: Albuquerque is a city where homelessness is rare, short-lived and non-recurring.
Albuquerque Heading Home was launched in early 2011 and emerged out of the Community Response to Homelessness in Albuquerque, a plan developed in 2007, by the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness. As a community-wide initiative under the leadership of Mayor Richard J. Berry’s administration and local nonprofit organizations, Albuquerque Heading Home now provides the coordinating and implementation structure for eliminating homelessness through community engagement across public and private sectors.
Albuquerque Heading Home’s primary purpose is to mobilize services and resources toward a common goal: to house and support Albuquerque’s most vulnerable people living on the streets and in emergency shelters.
In February 2011, the city launched the initiative through a vigorous community mobilization to the streets to identify its 75 most vulnerable homeless people. Albuquerque Heading Home sent over 200 volunteers to the streets to survey homeless people “sleeping rough” and in shelters. The survey approached 700 individuals, 475 of whom agreed to a vulnerability assessment based on a national tool that determines highest risk of mortality on the streets. That week was also one of the coldest in history, underlining the urgency of life and death on the streets. The community mobilization in process was able to respond immediately and generate emergency financial assistance to move people inside.
No one died on the streets that week in Albuquerque. This community once again demonstrated its willingness to come forward and pitch in.
Currently, Albuquerque Heading Home is systematically placing those most vulnerable in housing and providing supportive services with case managers from across the service system. Led by Metropolitan Homelessness Project, a dedicated Care Team meets weekly to update the list of the city’s most at-risk homeless people, and to strategize about ways to eliminate system barriers to expedite access to housing. A Core Vision Team also meets weekly in City Hall to monitor and plan for ongoing systems transformation.
Albuquerque Heading Home has housed 200 people as of May 9, 2013!
We have long known that:
Albuquerque Heading Home’s first year goals were to implement a successful survey week that identified and gathered data about our community’s most vulnerable people who experience the most chronic homelessness, and to demonstrate that this expedited approach to housing them could work locally. We’ve done that, and we aren’t stopping there.
Don't believe us? Read the independent study from UNM's Institute for Social Research that demonstrates a 31% reduction in costs for housing our neighbors instead of leaving them on the streets.
We need influential leaders who will help shape the future and take the challenges forward to the larger community. We need contributors who are able and willing to make large contributions to ensure a strong supporting infrastructure and sustainability. We invite community partners to become involved in Albuquerque Heading Home in several ways:
As community and philanthropic leaders, demonstrate collective commitment to the shared goals of Albuquerque Heading Home.
Join a Home Team or lend your special skills, talents, and time in other ways.
Engage others, from strategic leaders to employees, their friends, families and neighbors who can volunteer direct support of a person moving off the streets and setting up a home.
"No one believed it…and now we can breathe just like everyone else."
-Carol, echoed by Shirley, two women housed by Albuquerque Heading Home
As Primary Members of AANM, we are looking for owners/managements that are willing to contribute at least one rental unit to the Albuquerque Heading Home program. "Contribute" can be accomplished in many ways, so please do not tune this out if an all-out donation is not feasible. We would love to talk to you about the various options and what AANM is doing to address important questions in the real application of this program. Please contact Kelle Senyé at 505-822-1114 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating. We need your help in securing housing. Can you help us provide housing that could potentially save a life?
Albuquerque Heading Home is facilitated through the Metropolitan Homelessness Project (501 C-3), so your contributions are tax deductible!