Housing First

Housing First and SHC-NM


Housing First is the nationally recognized, evidence-based approach that has been found to be the number one intervention for ending chronic homelessness. It is an intervention that rapidly houses people experiencing homelessness and then provides wrap-around services to support long term housing stability.

Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico initiated Housing First in partnership with the City of Albuquerque in 2005. By 2008 the program successfully housed 211 people in collaboration with our service partners and 75 partner landlords. In 2011, the Albuquerque Heading Home Initiative was started and SHC-NM currently serves as the #1 provider of housing vouchers for the effort.

SHC-NM also manages vouchers for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through several voucher programs and New Mexico CYFD for youth aging out of foster care.

Today, we house nearly 400 people per year in collaboration with our service providers and 150 partner landlords. The program has a 90% success rate (people housed for 1 year or more) and has saved the community thousands of dollars. For more information, please read the Albuquerque Heading Home Cost Study below.


2011 City of Albuquerque Housing First Cost Study

2013 City of Albuquerque Heading Home Cost Study

2016 City of Albuquerque Heading Home Cost Study

Opening Doors 2010, Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness

USICH Opening Doors Amendment 2015

Ending Chronic Homelessness in 2017

What is Housing First


Youth Permanent Housing

Now What: Housing the Homeless

Housing First: 5 Key Principles

Housing First: An End to Chronic Homelessness

More than a place to sleep: In R.I., a ‘housing first’ solution for chronic homelessness