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People experiencing homelessness struggle to maintain a safe and healthy place to live and typically have poorer physical and mental health outcomes and are at greater risk for infection during the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to other challenges.

In response, and thanks to AHCH Street Medicine Outreach Program and Albuquerque’s frontline response team, people who are, and have been affected by COVID-19 are being housed at wellness sites around Albuquerque to reduce the risk of exposure among vulnerable populations during this public health crisis. However, these short-term solutions won’t be enough. Also required is an effective deployment of COVID-19 vaccines for people experiencing homelessness, affordable housing, access to high quality integrated healthcare, and an opportunity to earn a living wage that will equitably improve quality of life for individuals and an opportunity to end their homelessness.

Further, AHCH will advocate for legislation during the 2021 New Mexico Legislative Session to protect this population during the COVID-19 pandemic, and address the housing crisis in our state while advocating for the long-term policy and system solutions needed to end homelessness. We believe the late-Supreme Court Justice Ruther Bader Ginsburg said it best: "We have the oldest written constitution still in force in the world, and it starts out with three words: 'We, the people.'"

Trust and belief in our democracy are needed to advance health equity by effectively addressing housing insecurity and homelessness with our state’s legislators.

Trust for America's Health highlights the disproportionate and long-existing economic and health disparities among people who are housing insecure or experienceing homelessness. More info: https://bit.ly/38VVnlo

#AdvocacyMatters #EndHomelessness #TheyAreAlbuquerque #PublicPolicy

Image Credit: Albuquerque Nob Hill mural by local artist Nazario Sandoval.

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Today is National Day of Racial Healing.

We believe it is essential to pursue racial healing prior to making change work in a community. Before we can transform systems and structures, we must do the work on ourselves/our people FIRST
https://bit.ly/39LcnKn

#HowWeHeal

Today we remember the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We must continue our stand against systemic racism & fight for racial justice if we are to end #homelessness & achieve health equity. Learn more: http://ow.ly/UUjh50DaZC0

On Monday, we pay respect to the late civil rights icon Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rev. Dr. King, Jr. believed homelessness is the worst manifestation of the widening inequality that perpetuates poverty. Read more http://bit.ly/37fmSmN

#HumanRights365 #MLKJr

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Homelessness will make you sick and can kill you.

The statistics are grim. In the City of Albuquerque, a minimum of 1,318 people reported experiencing homelessness on January 23, 2017 per the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness Point-In-Time Count, and per Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless (AHCH) and community best estimates, at least 16,000 persons – approximately 2.3% of Bernalillo County residents – will experience homelessness during the year.

When people experience homelessness

access to adequate health care can mean the difference between getting back on your feet, getting sicker, or even dying.  AHCH believes health care is a human right and that all people are entitled to health care. We serve people in many stages of homelessness including those living in cars or motels, couch surfing, on the street, in shelters and in transitional housing. Having access to a doctor and medical care to take care of chronic conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic pain, is essential.

For over three decades, Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless (AHCH) has served our community as the only health care organization in Central New Mexico dedicated exclusively to providing services to homeless people. AHCH provides critical services to over 7,000 men, women and children every year. By addressing the health-related causes of homelessness, AHCH makes it possible for people to find solutions to end their homelessness.

many of the people we serve at Health Care for the Homeless are children

MISSION & VISION

Mission

Our mission is to provide caring and comprehensive health and integrated supportive services, linking people experiencing homelessness to individual and collective solutions, and to be a leader in implementing innovative service models and a catalyst for solutions to homelessness and uphold a commitment to diversity and equity.

Vision

To live in a world that is just and without homelessness.