Heading Home began in 2004 with the opening of the Albuquerque Opportunity Center (AOC), an emergency shelter for men. We were known as the Metropolitan Homelessness Project (MHP) and our mission was to end homelessness on individual and societal levels through a unified voice of advocacy, prevention, and service.
Since then, MHP has increased its service outreach to include veteran’s transitional housing, and respite care for those recovering from illnesses. We served as the primary agency for the community-wide initiative, Albuquerque Heading Home, to house the most vulnerable experiencing chronic homelessness. The initiative was launched in early 2011 and emerged out of the Community Response to Homelessness in Albuquerque, a plan developed in 2007 by the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness.
As a community-wide initiative, in tandem with Mayor Richard Berry’s administration and not-for-profit leadership, Albuquerque Heading Home now provides the coordination and organizational structure to eliminate homelessness through community engagement across public and private sectors.
In fall of 2013, we officially changed our name from Metropolitan Homelessness Project to Heading Home (HH). We envision a community where homelessness is rare, short-lived, and non-recurring.
We have come a long way in 10 years. We invite you to join us in making the next 10 years just as innovative and successful. A Core Vision Team which includes Heading Home, the City of Albuquerque Family and Community Services, Downtown Action Team, Heath Care for the Homeless, and the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness has the perspective and position to continually readdress the problem of homelessness in our community.