Fueled by compassion and driven by equity, we lead boldly, create exceptional health care experiences, and raise voices to end homelessness.
To live in a world that is just and without homelessness.
Serving New Mexico
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 people experiencing homelessness. 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.
WHO WE SERVE
Over 7,000 people experiencing homelessness received services from AHCH in 2020. That includes 16,198 health center encounters and 10,000 contacts made through outreach services and drop-in/Recourse Center visits.
- 22% stay at shelters, 18% in an other locations (campers, cars, vans, jails, hospitals etc.), and 20% on the streets. The reminder are in unstable or transitional housing or unreported.
- 64% of the clients served were male, 36% were female, and children/youth made up 3% of those served.
- 50% identify as Hispanic. 42% identify as White, 8% as African American, 11% as Native American/American Indian, 1% Asian/Pacific Islanders and the remainder are unknown or unreported.
Disclaimer: This health center is a Health Center Program grantee 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).
When you support AHCH, you are saving lives. Your donations to AHCH provide our clients with access to care including treatment for chronic illness. Our clients are able to set up recurring appointments to help manage their care.
Causes Of Homelessness
Causes Of Homelessness
Homelessness in the US is caused by oppression, structural factors (lack of affordable housing, etc.), and personal vulnerabilities (trauma, Mental illness, addiction, etc.)
Homeless bill of Right
Homeless bill of Right
Every person has the right to adequate food, housing, clothing, and health care. All people have the right to participate in the decisions affecting their lives.
Contemporary homelessness is the product of conscious social and economic policy decisions that have retreated from a commitment to ensuring basic life necessities for all people. Good public policy can reverse this trend.
Ensuring safe, decent, and affordable housing, health care, education, and living wage and/or adequate income supports, will go a long way to end homelessness.
We have the responsibility to challenge oppression based on racism, sexism, classism, and other biases/stereotypes within ourselves and our community and society.
We collaborate with public and private sector organizations to ensure the best care for our clients, and to address the systemic causes of homelessness.
We include people experiencing homelessness in our policy-making, listening to their needs, recognizing their disenfranchisement and isolation from society, and promoting their empowerment towards self-sufficiency.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors meets the second Tuesday of every month at 5:15 pm. If you are interested in attending a meeting, please call 505-767-1178 to confirm meeting dates, times and location.
Committee Involvement: Executive Committee Chair
John has lived in Albuquerque since 1995 and brings a background in education, social work and business administration. His commitment to non-profit organizational support and development in the community started in 2010 with United Way. He has a passion for serving the community and healthcare needs of the underserved.
Committee Involvement: Executive Committee, Finance
Teague González has extensive experience working in legal services and other nonprofit settings. She has legislative and campaign advocacy experience in defending public benefits. She has worked in a variety of settings including in jails and at homeless shelters. Currently, Teague is an attorney at the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty where she directs the Center’s public benefits work.
Committee Involvement: Finance Committee - Chair
Chelsea has ten years of experience leading internal audit, policy development, and other consulting projects, as well as leading external financial statement and compliance audits for higher education, government, not-for-profit, financial institution, and health care organizations. She has performed and supervised numerous audits in accordance with IIA International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, GAS, and GAGAS. She is experienced in evaluating internal controls and risks related to accounting and finance functions, including those surrounding treasury and banking processes.
Committee Involvement: Client Leadership - Chair, Executive
Following retirement she produced and hosted a radio show, became a Chaplain at Overlook Medical Center in NJ, and graduated from the NY Theological Seminary. She holds a Level 1 ACPE certification and has a MA in Pastoral Care & Counseling and 27 years of experience in prison ministry.
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Committee Involvement: Executive, Governance, Policy
Walt is Principal of AlliedOne Advising, a boutique consulting firm providing services to assist small businesses and executive leaders to improved performance and efficiency. He currently sits on the Board of Managers for the Advanced Care Hospital for Southern New Mexico (Las Cruces). Walt was President and CEO of Delta Dental of New Mexico for sixteen years before retiring in 2016. In addition, he has significant experience in the health industry working for two hospital systems and a health plan.
Committee Involvement: Governance, Policy
Sig is retired after 25+ years in non-profit health care (FQHC) administration; 5 years in other non-profit administration and 12+ years practicing law - commercial, banking and real estate, primarily, and then health care. She is committed to fully subsidized healthcare, housing and education, to the extent one needs, for all residents of New Mexico and the United States and firmly believes they are a right, not a privilege.
Committee Involvement: Finance, Governance
Laura is a native New Mexican who attended the University of New Mexico - College of Nursing. She has worked in various nursing and administrative positions; currently at Presbyterian Healthcare Services. Laura has volunteered with AHCH for many years.
MARY ANN O'NEAL
Committee Involvement: Fund Development
Mary Ann’s has worked as a social worker in the health care field with a focus on direct care, program planning, policy development, community assessments, advocacy, program evaluation and fund/resource development. Her active 45 year professional career has has given her experiences from community, regional and national levels.
Committee Involvement: Policy Committee - Chair
Kristin manages strategic relations and engagement at PNM Resources and has a Master's degree in Psychology with a media specialization. She was a social worker, journalist, and legislative assistant in a former life and worked in: program management, counseling, supervision, and case management for diverse social programs. She supported individuals and families from zero to 100 struggling with extreme poverty, addiction, mental health, and re-entry.
Committee Involvement: Fund Development Committee - Chair
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EMMYLOU EMRICK - SNYDER
Committee Involvement: Program Review Committee - Chair
Bio Coming Soon.
Mike is the Vice President of Growth and Strategy for Optum New Mexico. He has a background in contracting, negotiation, public affairs, communications, compliance, strategy, growth and business development. Michael received his Bachelor’s degree from the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California with an emphasis in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication. He received his Master of Health Administration at the University of New Mexico. He is a Leadership New Mexico graduate.
Graduated from nursing school in 2000 and worked briefly in NYC before moving to Albuquerque in 2002. I have spent the last 17 years at UNMH in the Pediatric ICU. After completing my MPH I trained as a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) and have been working for Albuquerque SANE Collaborative since 2019.
Management & Senior Management Team
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Program Officer
Chief Finance & Administration Officer
Chief Operations Officer
Chief Clinical Officer
Chief Human Resources Officer
Human Resources Manager
Chief Strategy Officer
Quality and Compliance Manager
Primary Health Service Team
Business Systems Manager
Larry Lovato, PHC
Practice Operations Manager
Social & Behavioral Health Service Team
Richard Reed Russell
Social Services Manager
Case Management Program Coordinator
Harm Reduction Outreach Program Coordinator
Resource Center Coordinator
Behavioral Health Clinical Director
LMHC ArtStreet Coordinator
*Photography by Siarza