Housing First

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 our Casita Bonita program 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 millions of dollars. For more information, please read the Albuquerque Heading Home Cost Study.