Make an impact on homelessness in New Mexico- Support SB 273
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Homelessness is a serious issue impacting every single community here in New Mexico. And according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, "approximately 30% of people experiencing chronic homelessness have a serious mental illness, and around two-thirds have a primary substance use disorder or other chronic health condition". The purpose of this petition is to gather support for Senate Bill 273, which seeks to appropriate $2.5 million from the general fund 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.
MFA provided the following statistics regarding homelessness:
People in New Mexico: According to the 2016 point-in-time count by the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness, there are 1,809 households sheltered in New Mexico on any given night. Currently there are 2,423 supportive housing beds in New Mexico for people experiencing homelessness who are also disabled. New Mexico needs at least an additional 690 permanent supportive housing beds to house people who are both disabled and homeless. An additional $2.5 million would help New Mexico serve new supportive housing for 280 households. A 2016 UNM study for the City of Albuquerque’s supportive housing program found an average savings of $14,728 in program costs per person. Jail costs decreased 55.7 percent after entering housing. Hospital emergency room costs decreased by 76.8 percent in the 2-3 years after entering housing, and inpatient costs decreased by 55.9 percent.
Please sign this petition, and tell our state representatives that we want to be part of the solution. We want them to say YES to SB 273!!!
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