Today, the Bernalillo County Housing and the Department of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS) announce the launch of the Hope Village supportive housing project through a collaboration with the City of Albuquerque and Hopeworks, Inc. The single site supportive housing project is part of the county’s Behavioral Health Initiative and is the first of its kind in the State of New Mexico. The site includes 42 housing units with onsite supports for individuals who are homeless, or precariously housed due to extreme housing instability, and have a diagnosed behavioral health condition. Individuals entering the program must be able to independently live on their own and must a have an income level that is at or below 30% of the Area Median Income (AMI). Additionally, inclusion criteria includes high levels of utilization of the emergency room, criminal justice system, or behavioral health services in Bernalillo County.
The Hope Village project was strategically designed to increase the housing stability of the most vulnerable, chronically homeless individuals with significant behavioral health concerns, while furthering efforts to build a comprehensive housing support network within in Bernalillo County. The 3-story building features behavioral health services and gathering areas for the residents on the ground floor and 42 ADA-accessible one-bedroom, 405 square foot, units on the second and third floors. Individuals housed at the site may remain indefinitely or until such time that they chose to live independently.
Applications for housing supports can be found at: www.bernco.gov/HopeVillage.
“Housing has always been a priority since the onset of the Behavioral Health Initiative, however the launch of this program has been highly anticipated as Bernalillo County is at the height of a housing crisis and available housing supports are extremely limited due to the impact of the pandemic. We are very proud of this accomplishment and we look forward to the impact it will make on our community. As the first of its kind in the state of New Mexico we know we will experience growing pains but we are confident in the foreseen success of the project and hope that the project will serve as an example to other communities,” says Betty Valdez, housing director.