Founded in 1985 as one of nineteen original projects, AHCH was part of a national demonstration initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Pew Memorial Trusts to develop innovative approaches for providing healthcare to people experiencing homelessness. Recognizing that primary care provided in isolation is neither effective nor sufficient to address the underlying health problems or barriers to care faced by homeless people, the model that has developed over the past twenty-eight years focuses on providing a full range of health and social programs.
AHCH continues to be the only healthcare organization in central New Mexico dedicated exclusively to providing services to homeless people. Our goal is not just to help homeless people to become healthier. Rather, it is to help them to overcome all of the health-related barriers to moving out of homelessness and into lives as participating members of the community.
Throughout our history and development, AHCH has used a set of values and principles to inform every action and every decision. Among our principles, we believe that homelessness is unacceptable; that every person has the right to adequate food, housing, clothing, and health care; that all people have the right to participate in the decisions affecting their lives.