Anti-Racism Day

Today, Tuesday, January 23, 2018 is Anti-Racism Day at the New Mexico Capitol. Join the Deconstructing Racism Committee for the New Mexico Anti-Racism Day 2018 for a press conference on from 1:00-2:00 pm at the New Mexico State Capitol Rotunda.

You can follow Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless on Facebook to see updates during the 2018 Anti-Racism Day. This event is made possible with support from the Con Alma Foundation, McCune Charitable Foundation, and many individuals.

You can find a full list of events at the New Mexico Capitol Rotunda here.

New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness Lobby Day

AHCH board, clients, and staff across programs will be organizing again this year to act as change agents during the 2018 New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness (NMCEH) Lobby Day on Thursday, January 25. NMCEH Lobby Day is an important annual opportunity to directly lobby the state legislature and have our voices heard on issues affecting the lives of people experiencing homelessness. Hear AHCH Board Member Nandini Kuehn speak about New Mexico legislation regarding Medicaid and its specific importance for AHCH on KUNM Radio.

Advocacy efforts to end homelessness during this year’s NMCEH Lobby Day will be focused on the following bills:

Bill:              HB132

Sponsors:    Representative Tomás E. Salazar (D70)

Title:            Housing Services Assistance for Homeless Persons

Summary:   Appropriates $2 million from the general fund to the Human Services Department (HSD) for “use in FY2019 for the N.M. Mortgage Finance Authority to assist people who are homeless with Rapid Rehousing Services including case management services, life skills training, housing counseling, short-term and long-term rental assistance and other services that help homeless people obtain and maintain stable permanent housing.”

Subjects:     Appropriations; Human Services; Family and Juveniles; Land, Housing and Real Estate

Progress:     Referred to the House Health & Human Services

Status:         01/12/2018 – Prefiled in the House

Bill:              SB73

Sponsors:    Senator Howie C. Morales (D28)

Title:            Supportive Housing & Health Services for Homeless Persons

Summary:   Appropriates $2.5 million from the general fund to the Human Services Department (HSD), for use in FY2019 for permanent supportive housing services “including case management services, life-skills training, housing counseling and rental assistance and other services to help people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with behavioral health-related disabilities obtain and maintain stable permanent housing.”

Subjects:     Aging; Family and Juveniles; Human Services; Land, Housing and Real Estate; Health and Medical Practice

Progress:     Proposed for introduction

Status:         01/08/2018 – Prefiled in the Senate

You can track all legislation here.

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