Welcome to NMCEH
Photo courtesy Travis Hanson-Pollock
Housing is a human right. All people need and deserve a safe, decent, affordable place to live. Housing for everyone is also possible if we can create the political will to make housing for all a priority.
Each year about 17,000 New Mexicans are homeless for at least part of the year. This includes single adults as well as families with children and unaccompanied youth. Without homes, these people also lose access to education, regular health care, employment and most of the things that many of us take for granted as part of our every day lives. Extended homelessness has been shown to lead to early death at an average age of between 42 and 52, due to many untreated chronic health conditions as well as the hardship of living outdoors.
In the year 2000, advocates for the homeless representing agencies from all across New Mexico met at a community center in Albuquerque and decided to form the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness. Working together as a coalition was a way to gather together and harness the energies of all those who want to end homelessness.
Today the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness counts as members about 60 non-profit homeless service agencies, homeless people, and government agencies. We meet every other month in Albuquerque, to pursue the goal of housing for all in a number of different ways - from creating new housing and providing technical assistance to those serving the homeless, to lobbying elected officials for increased funding for additional housing and support services.