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This Morning – KASA 2

“This Morning” host, Elizabeth sat down with our CEO on Thursday, March 6, to ask about Albuquerque Heading Home.

We Need YOU

We are attempting to house 8 people/families per week. That’s awesome!

BUT…we need supplies to help people move in. Can you donate any of the following items? Or, will you send us gift cards for Target and/or Walmart, so that our new neighbors can shop with us? If so, please call Chandler at 505-226-1700.


a. Couches
b. Dressers (or chest of drawers according to the catalog)
c. Coffee tables
d. Lamps
e. Queen-sized mattresses/bed frames
f. Queen-sized bed sheets and fitted sheets
g. Kitchen tables and chairs
h. Lamps
i. Bathroom towels
j. Pillows
k. Drinking glasses
l. Plates
m. Pots
n. Pans










Photo:  Volunteers load furniture to deliver to newly-housed neighbor.

A Message From Megan

It is 2014 and “Click, Give, Repeat!” is back in the form of the Recurring Gifts Challenge. This year it is the goal of Heading Home to have 100% of our board members and key staff contributing financially to the organization. Next week we launch our second monthly giving campaign. This is a great way to make manageable, automated donations while doing your part to help us achieve total participation.

Demonstrating commitment to our mission is something most of us do daily. But personal, financial commitments up the stakes. Our own dollars are absolute testimony that those of us closest to the work we do have seen, first hand, the difference these dollars make. Giving inspires giving. No matter the size of the gift – yours will inspire others.

I hope you will join me this year and help to make our campaign a success.




Our friends at Inhabitants of Burque recently posted this video. It inspired some thoughtful discussion amongst our staff. It’s not often we see experiences of homelessness and joyful acts like dancing paired together as @itsMRich has done in “Happy”. We want to hear from you! Watch “Happy”, share your thoughts on our FB page today.

What do you think?

Critical In-Kind Gifts & Donations

Albuquerque Heading Home accepts donations of in-kind, non-cash items through the year.  All of these enhance our ability to provide services across our programs, to people still experiencing homelessness and to those entering their own homes.

Some items we need immediately.  Other, we simply do not have the capacity to sort, store and distribute.  We have created this list to guide our supporters in giving the most critically needed donations.

The list is updated regularly and if you have questions, would like more information and/or a chance to visit with our staff, please contact us at (505) 344-2323 or visit our website at

Thank you for your interest in Albuquerque Heading Home and your help in fulfilling our vision to make homelessness rare, short-lived and non-recurring.


Kitchen Supplies:

  • Pots/Pans
  • Cups
  • Coffee Mugs
  • Coffee Makers
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Silverware
  • Handtowels


  • Couches/Love Seats
  • Dressers
  • Desks
  • Coffee Tables
  • End Tables
  • Lamps
  • Shelves/Book Cases
  • Chairs
  • Kitchen Tables/Chairs

Cleaning Supplies (Unused Please):

  • All Purpose Cleaner
  • Sponges
  • Mops/Buckets
  • Broom/Dust Pan
  • Trash Bins/Bags


  • Soap
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Toothpaste/brushes
  • Mouthwash (without alcohol)
  • Deodorant
  • Combs/Hairbrushes
  • Razors
  • Shaving Cream


  • Single-sized bed linens (for emergency shelter program)
  • Queen-sized bed linens (for housing program)
  • Towels
  • Blankets
  • Pillow Cases


  • Healthy Snacks
  • Bottled Water
  • Sleeping Bags


  • Warehouse Shelving
  • Hand Carts
  • Moving Straps
  • Pens/Highlighters
  • Box Truck (for pickup & delivery of donations)


  • Bicycle Locks
  • Bus Passes
  • Books (for the library)

Community Conversation Continues

Deputy Director, Jodie Jepson, speaks to the press about a perceived increase in panhandling.  We appreciate that the media did not run this as a “homeless” story; not all panhandlers are homeless and not all people experiencing homelessness panhandle.

Click here to see the video.

Respite Care Renovations Complete

The public, our supporters and Mayor Berry joined us to celebrate the opening of our 20-bed respite care program. Albuquerque Business First covered the event. Click here to read.

Mayor Berry To Cut Ribbon At Reopening of Albuquerque Opportunity Center

For Immediate Release
December 12, 2013

Wednesday, December 11th – Albuquerque Heading Home (formerly Metropolitan Homelessness Project) will hold a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony at 3 p.m. today (12/12/13) to commemorate the reopening of Albuquerque Opportunity Center after a year-long expansion project. The campus, which for the last decade has housed a men’s emergency shelter open 365 days a year, recently added 3 new buildings and a 24-hour respite care center.

The VA and the University of New Mexico are contributing to the project, led by Albuquerque Heading Home, helping professionally staff and supply the respite center. Homeless men, 18 and over who are recovering from illness, can now access round-the-clock medical care in a safe, sheltered environment.

Among the honored guests will be Frank Padilla (HUD), Doug Chaplin, newly appointed Director of Family and Community Services for the City of Albuquerque, representatives from UNMH and the VA and other supporters of the project. AOC founders, Reverend Trey Hammond and Samuel Carnes will each be honored with one of the new buildings dedicated in their name.

“This community collaboration truly connects services across the spectrum of need,” said Dennis Plummer, CEO of Albuquerque Heading Home. “It allows people discharged from private hospitals and the Veterans Administration a place to heal and to connect to permanent housing solutions.”

For a list of programs and services available through Albuquerque Heading Home and Albuquerque Opportunity Center, please call 226-1700.

The event will include tours and light refreshments. Media is welcome.

Medicaid & Homelessness

Medicaid, a health program that provides coverage for the poorest Americans, is a critical component to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The new law sets aside billions of dollars for New Mexico to expand coverage to thousands of low-income New Mexicans – including those experiencing homelessness and at high risk to becoming homeless. Albuquerque Heading Home works with partner agencies to ensure everyone we serve gains access to the help they need.

The information provided below is from our friends at Goodwill Industries of New Mexico and is intended for informational purposes only, current as of October 29, 2013. This information is not intended as legal or tax advice. We cannot provide additional information or counsel outside of the information contained in this document.

With the Affordable Healthcare Act signed into law by President Obama in 2010, New Mexico chose to receive additional funds to increase Medicaid availability to approximately 170,000 more New Mexicans.

If you meet certain guidelines established by the federal government, you may be eligible to receive healthcare under Medicaid.  Check your eligibility and/or apply by doing one of the following:

1) Go to and complete the online application
2) Visit the Income Support Division (ISD) Office and complete a paper application
3) Call the Medicaid Expansion Hotline at (855) 637-6574

What if I already have Medicaid? How does this affect me?

If you currently receive Medicaid and have questions about continued eligibility, please contact your local Income Support Division (ISD) office.

If continuing with Medicaid, you should receive information about choosing a Managed Care Organization (MCO). As of Jan. 1, 2014, you will receive Medicaid services from your chosen MCO:

1) Blue Cross Blue Shield: (866) 689-1523
2) Molina Healthcare of New Mexico: (800) 580-2811
3) Presbyterian Health Plan: (888) 977-2333
4) United Healthcare Community Plan: (800) 851-1878

Employer Health Insurance

If you are currently enrolled in your employer’s health care insurance, you are not required to make any changes:

1) If your employer already offers health insurance, you may still shop for insurance plans on the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange. In addition, you may elect coverage through a spouse/partner’s employer.
2) If your employer’s coverage does not meet certain guidelines of the Affordable Care Act, you might be eligible for a government subsidy to help pay for your insurance.

If you have any further questions about employer sponsored health plans, please contact or or call 1-800-318-2596

The information provided in this pamphlet is intended for informational purposes only, current as of October 29, 2013. This information is not intended as legal or tax advice. We cannot provide additional information or counsel outside of the information contained in this document.

Health Insurance Exchange

The Health Insurance Exchange (one part of the Affordable Healthcare Act) is designed to “Bridge the Gap” and assist individuals with signing up for healthcare coverage when they are not covered by Medicaid, Medicare or their employer. The Exchange also provides discounted insurance plans to individuals who meet specific eligibility requirements.

The Exchange is available to anyone, but is designed for people in one of the following situations:

1) If you are self employed or work at a small business that does not provide insurance coverage
2) If your employer’s insurance plan does not meet minimum requirements for coverage
3) If you are not covered by your spouse or domestic partner’s employer insurance
4) Anyone else who is not covered by Medicare/Medicaid or employer insurance

You can look at the insurance plans that are available or sign-up for a plan in the Marketplace at: or

If you do not have access to a computer you can call: 1-800-318-2596 or 1-855-99-NMHIX

Opting Out

You may elect to not have health insurance and take a tax penalty instead. Or, if you qualify, you may opt-out of the federal requirement to have health insurance.

Several groups are exempt from the requirement to obtain coverage or pay the penalty, including:

1) People who would have to pay more than 8% of their income for health insurance
2) People with incomes below the threshold required for filing taxes (in 2012, $9,750 for a single person and $27,100 for a married couple with two children)
3) People who qualify for religious exemptions
4) Undocumented immigrants
5) People who are incarcerated
6) Members of Native American tribes
7) Those on Medicare or Medicaid