Housing First! The Key is Housing

Welcome Home Basket Project

SHC-NM advocates for and builds grass roots awareness for Housing First, the nationally recognized, evidence-based approach to reducing homelessness through its school and business based “Housing First! The Key is Housing” Service-Learning and Community Outreach programs. Our objective is to expand public awareness and support for Housing First as the dominant public policy strategy for ending homelessness. This is a year-round effort

Participants will learn that there are many reasons a family may be homeless and that being in stable, safe housing is a necessary first step to preventing the downward spiral that often happens when people become homeless. As a part of the learning experience, program participants have an opportunity to reflect upon and contribute to the mission of SHC-NM.

School Based Service-Learning

Elementary grade classrooms and middle and high school service clubs learn about the causes and effects of homelessness and are given an opportunity to get involved in the mission of SHC-NM. Area businesses have the opportunity to sponsor a school and provide volunteers.

Using SHC-NM provided materials, teachers or volunteers engage individual elementary grade classrooms or middle and high school service clubs in discussions about the effects of homelessness on children and their families and introduce Housing First.

Get involved:
  • Become a Corporate Program Sponsor
  • Become a Partner School
  • Sponsor a school's service project
  • Provide volunteers
  • Provide classroom incentives
  • Volunteer at one of our partner schools
  • Donate to the Welcome Home Basket Project
Community Outreach Program

Our team is available to present to your business, professional organization, or community service organization about Housing First approach and the work we are doing to prevent and reduce homelessness.

Get involved
  • Become a Corporate Sponsor of SHC-NM
  • Host a guest speaker from SHC-NM
  • Sponsor a community forum
  • Advocate for community initiatives and legislation that supports the Housing First approach