HopeWorks has served Albuquerque’s homeless population at its Downtown location between Third and Fourth Streets, just north of Mountain Road for many years. The site is a lifeline for individuals who need food, behavioral and mental health, case management, employment counseling, and other vital life services. Consensus Planning has been an integral part of the project team of HopeWorks, YES Housing, Mullen Heller Architects, and the City of Albuquerque Department of Family and Community Services that has worked diligently on the Hope Village project to help address the growing homeless population in Albuquerque. Our services have included project entitlements, assisting the project architects to ensure compliance with the City’s Integrated Development Ordinance, assistance with the Development Agreement as it related to neighborhood engagement and relations, ongoing coordination with and facilitation of meetings with nearby neighborhood associations, and landscape design services.
Hope Village has been designed as a 42-unit supportive housing building that includes behavioral health and lifesaving support services for chronically homeless people with mental illness and addiction issues. The 3-story building features trauma-informed design elements with 1-bedroom, 400-square foot residential units on the second and third floors of the building, and common areas, behavioral health and case management services, and a security office on the first floor. Outdoor spaces include a shaded courtyard, community garden area, a safe space for individuals that need additional time to transition from living outside to living indoors, and parking. Hope Village is the first project of its kind in New Mexico and will serve as a model for other cities in the state. It has been jointly funded by the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, and the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority.