William Roper Jr., 6, tests out a mattress Thursday at his family’s new three-bedroom apartment. William, his parents and three siblings are the first family to get permanent housing through the new Veterans Heading Home program. At right is William’s brother, Jerome, 1.[/caption]
This article appeared in the Albuquerque Journal on December 22, 2014. It is an update of a veteran family housed through Vets Heading Home, a program that uses the Albuquerque Heading Home model to successful house veterans and their families. Click to read the update.
Albuquerque Heading Home focuses its attention on people who are medically vulnerable and experiencing chronic homelessness. Due to its success, the model is now being applied to veterans, too, regardless of length of time homeless or medical conditions. Thanks to partnerships with City of Albuquerque, Veterans Administration, Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico, Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless and Saint Martin’s Hospitality Center, Heading Home is proud to serve those who have served our country.
…to survey people experiencing homelessness in January. It’s fun, the training is easy and you’ll make a difference! This bi-annual outreach helps providers in the city, like us, to determine needs, progress and challenges in making homelessness rare, short-lived and non-recurring through connecting directly with people in need.
Please call Lisa Maury (505-226-1700) to find out more about how to be a part of this important event.
Community members gather for the first Survey Week in 2011.
Dust off your wooden pump shoes, put on your pencil skirt, get in your Hudson and Jive on over to the event of the year!
With a little help from Albuquerque professionals, some of the city’s best-known residents will go toe-to-toe to earn your votes in a dance competition to benefit Albuquerque Heading Home. The unforgettable evening also includes a cash bar cocktail hour, a plated dinner, a silent auction and a raffle for a cruise for 2 to Mexico or the Bahamas and other great prizes!
For sponsorship information, please contact Lisa Maury at 505.226.1700 ext. 1.
There is obvious need for a collaborative response to community police relations. On June 12, Albuquerque Heading Home attended a Mayor’s press conference about using a proven model for communal conversation process (from Cincinnati, Ohio) that results in shared agreements from all parties.
There will be forums (not two-minutes at the microphone) for victim’s families, racial minority groups, mental health concerns, the LGBT community, police officers and families, faith communities…any group that self-identifies as wanting to engage in productive conversation. Community-wide agreed outcomes will then be negotiated by these groups.
Mayor Richard Berry, right, thanks Mattress Firm of New Mexico general manager Alan Cronick, left, and company president Alberto Estrada for supporting the Albuquerque Heading Home initiative on Thursday. Mattress Firm, in conjunction with Tempur-Pedic, is donating all beds for the program through the end of the year. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)