Housing First

SHC is informed by and practices a Housing First approach. 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 collaboration with service providers and partner landlords, SHC currently manages nearly 400 housing vouchers yearly, serving over 700 people for the City of Albuquerque, the U.S. Dept. of HUD in our Casita Bonita program, and New Mexico CYFD for youth aging out of foster care.

Housing First is not only the most compassionate approach to ending homelessness, it has saved the community millions of dollars. For more information, please read the Albuquerque Heading Home Cost Study.