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Bernalillo County Expands Housing Services for Families and Veterans

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The Bernalillo County Department of Behavioral Health Services and the Department of Housing are working collaboratively to help fill the gaps in the housing continuum. The expansion of housing will assist persons and their families with serious mental illness, who are homeless or precariously housed, and have been unsuccessful in maintaining housing, and currently lack alternative supporting housing options.

The purchase of a downtown property for housing will provide clients convenient access to a variety of services and transportation. The new single site facility is located downtown at Sixth and Coal, and will have 45 mixed units. This site will serve the families and veterans and provide programming to promote family reunification, stability, and recovery through supportive housing. Through the use of clustered on-site services, residents are able to easily access much needed supports including case management, medical and behavioral health services, non-medical transportation, counseling, employment, family and educational services, and group therapy.

The property is being purchased through the Bernalillo County Affordable Housing non-profit and will be renovated and provide programs through the Behavioral Health Initiative. Operating costs for property management, security and maintenance will be the responsibility of the property owner, and the county will provide supportive services for this location.

The property purchase is underway, and renovations are anticipated to begin spring of 2021.

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