Mission, Vision, Values & History

Our Mission

To end homelessness by providing affordable, permanent, and supportive housing to individuals and families in New Mexico

Our Values


Everyone deserves to live in a place that is permanent, safe, and secure


Creating space and opportunities for personal choice and transformative growth


A sense of community that comes from connections to family, neighbors, and friends


Everyone who walks through our door is worthy of dignity, respect and our best efforts


Achieving our mission through proven practices and collaborative partnerships

Our History

The Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico (SHCNM) was founded in 1996 in response to local service providers’ recognition of a community-wide gap in safe and affordable housing for homeless and at-risk persons with behavioral health diagnoses. Founding agency members were: Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless,  HopeWorks (formerly St. Martin’s Hospitality Center), Therapeutic Living Services (formerly Transitional Living Services), and the University of New Mexico Psychiatric Center. SHCNM later welcomed the New Mexico Veterans Administration Medical Systems of Albuquerque as a member.

SHCNM’s mission is to end homelessness by providing affordable, permanent, and supportive housing to individuals and families in New Mexico. We believe affordable and supportive homes are the foundation to healthy families, vibrant neighborhoods and strong communities.

SHCNM specializes in the development, ownership, and management of supportive housing while our community partners offer a comprehensive range of supportive services to optimize the health, wellness, self-sufficiency, and housing stability of our participants and residents. Formal collaboration has enabled SHCNM and its partnering agencies to pool resources, better coordinate service delivery, increase efficiencies, and embrace a broader strategy for developing supportive housing.

Through new construction, property acquisition, rehabilitation, and the administration rental assistance vouchers, SHCNM has grown to encompass approximately 700 units of housing. The organization owns, manages, and/or provides supportive services for seven affordable multi-family communities that are utilized for market-rate, affordable and permanent supportive housing in New Mexico. Through its Community Housing Program, SHCNM also administers rental assistance vouchers, using the nationally recognized Housing First model, for individuals who have experienced homelessness and have disabling conditions. SHCNM's Housing & Services Coordinators connect program participants to the community-based resources needed to ensure housing stability, increased income, and improved quality of life.

“I think SHC is awesome and my Housing & Services Coordinator is great!”

-Housing First Participant