$25,000 Grant Will Help Make Homelessness Rare

UnitedHealthcare Gives a Big Check to a Big Cause in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE, NM- Today UnitedHealthcare, provided Heading Home a check for $25,000. Heading Home is a New Mexico non-profit that runs a variety of initiatives, all dedicated to making homelessness rare, short-lived and non-recurring. The grant funding will go towards helping individuals who are the most prone to dying on our streets, like Albuquerque Heading Home client “Buck”. Tragically, Buck had been in a construction accident which rendered him disabled as he suffered from the results of a Traumatic Brain Injury. In 2012 Buck was housed, he now volunteers at the La Montanita Co-op, is helping with Heading Home’s renovation, is an avid gardener, and he can often be seen riding his bike around downtown Albuquerque. To see Buck’s full story visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpzFRSBWX3k&feature=youtu.be  

The Albuquerque Heading Home initiative is saving and changing lives while also saving money. An independent study of the initiative showed that it is more than 30% cheaper to house someone than it is to leave them homeless. The initiative has also been recognized as best practices model and has garnered international attention for its success and measurable impact on the community. Together with Heading Home’s additional programs like Vets Heading Home and Keeping Families Together, 457 people and their families have been housed. Over the past year through the Albuquerque Opportunity Center campus almost 800 men were provided with a warm place to sleep and shelter through the night.

Individuals housed through all the Heading Home programs fall into three different categories of vulnerability: people who are medically vulnerable and chronically homeless, veterans who are ineligible for their service-related benefits or families who could have their children taken away due to unstable housing.

“Homelessness is a community issue; as such it takes a community to solve it. With partners like United Healthcare we’re confident we can make an impact in our city that will span decades to come,” said Heading Home CEO Dennis R. Plummer.

For more information about Albuquerque Heading Home visit www.abqheadinghome.org. Heading Home’s website is currently under construction- the organization plans on revealing their new website that will profile all their programs and initiatives in early July 2015.

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