Of all the roadblocks to steady employment and improved quality of life, homelessness is the most severe. For many New Mexicans, the lack of a permanent living space is a daily reality, and one that Help New Mexico and the Office of Economic Empowerment have partnered with the Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico (SHC-NM) to end.
People with special needs and behavioral health issues often have a difficult time securing housing for themselves and their families, and therefore aren’t afforded the same opportunities as others.
SCH-NM was founded in 1996 with the goal of providing much-needed safe and affordable housing for those experiencing homelessness or those at risk for it, including single adults, families with children, at-risk youth aging out of juvenile justice and foster care, and off-reservation urban Native Americans.
This initiative is part of the New Mexico Behavioral Health Purchasing Collaborative SupportiveHousing Plan to create permanent supportive housing for individuals and families in New Mexico who could benefit from affordable housing along with Comprehensive Community Support Services.
In these developments, a certain number of units are reserved for individuals or families who meet eligibility requirements. These units will be available to households with targeted income limits such as 30%, 40%, 50% or 60% of area median income.
As the local lead agency, HELP- NM is responsible for prescreening tenant applications, working with property managers to ensure timely processing of tenant applications, maintaining a list of prospective tenants, referring applicants to property managers when units become available, and acting as the liaison between the tenant, the referral agency, and the property manager.
Permanent housing means safe and decent housing not conditioned upon needs or receipt of service. Consumers are tenants with all the rights and obligations of tenancy.
In addition to securing affordable housing for these individuals, the program provides wraparound services to residents, thanks to many collaborating partners and agencies, all with the collective goal of health, recovery and independence. Not sure if you qualify, or have questions about how the program could help you or someone you know? Contact us and we’ll put you in touch with one of SHC-NM’s service coordinators.