Viante NM Legislative Scorecard

Behavioral Health Supportive Housing

An act making an appropriation for permanent supportive housing services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with behavioral health-related disabilities.

Bill Highlights

  • Senate Bill 73 would appropriate $2.5 million from the general fund in FY19 to the Human Services Department 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. (source: NMLegis.gov)
  • The Human Services Department (HSD) indicates the state’s permanent supportive housing program is called Linkages which currently has $1.58 in funding and supports 175 eligible individuals and their families and operating in six counties: Bernalillo, San Juan, Taos, Santa Fe, Dona Ana, and Luna. The proposed additional appropriation of $2.5 million would more than double the number of individuals and families receiving services.
  • Viante New Mexico supports this bill because we believe it is an appropriate step in our quest to combat poverty and homelessness.

Outcome

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