On February 8, 1996, the board of directors of the Albuquerque Mental Health Housing Coalition signed the Articles of Incorporation for the nonprofit organization whose purpose was to provide “housing opportunities for severely disabled mentally ill persons, including those who are homeless or near homeless, helping such persons to develop skills and supports necessary to live in housing of their choice.” The signers included Coalition board members from Transitional Living Services, Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, St. Martin’s Hospitality Center, and the UNM Mental Health Center.
Mark Allison joined the organization as executive director in 1998, when AMHCC had 11 housing units and a budget of $150,000. He was the driving force behind such landmark properties as Downtown@700-2nd and Silver Gardens in Albuquerque.
First in Housing First and A Name Change
In 2005, the Coalition pioneered the Housing First approach in New Mexico, a program that began with 20 housing vouchers. In March 2006, as its reach expanded beyond Albuquerque city limits, AMHHC changed its name to Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico. Today, SHC-NM owns/manages or is in partnership with 7 affordable housing developments offering permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, crisis housing, and housing for people with disabilities. We work with 150 landlords and manage 332 housing vouchers for the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico CYFD, and the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.
SHC-NM remains the leader in permanent, supportive housing options for people who have experienced homelessness in New Mexico. We have 30 full and part-time staff and work with a wide array of public and private funding partners.
For 20 years, SHC-NM has created beautiful spaces in which to live, opportunities for growth and personal development, and communities where people can finally be home.
SHC-NM will be celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary with a special reception and awards ceremony October 13, 2016 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.