Amparo means "shelter." We support families of school-age children
in Bernalillo County who are facing eviction and homelessness.
Our board members routinely come across the same challenge: even when housing assistance is available, it often takes too long to access for folks on the verge of eviction, leading to missed opportunities and displacement that might have been avoided. The eviction process moves quickly, but nonprofit bureaucracy rarely does.
We designed our organization with the idea that we would put together some seed money that could be deployed quickly in support of a very specific demographic: families with school-age kids in Bernalillo County who are facing loss of housing. Then, once a family crisis was stabilized, we would get reimbursed by the existing, but less agile, funding sources. We were fortunate to get an initial grant of $10,000 from the Robert T. Keeler Foundation, and we've continued our fundraising efforts. We receive a lot of requests for funding, and we fund as many as we can. We’ve had a lot of good outcomes over the past few months, but of course the demand is much higher than we expected it to be when we came up with this plan.
All rent assistance requests are vetted and submitted to Amparo by community school coordinators in the ABC Community School network or social workers from the APS Title I McKinney-Vento Program, which offers many services to homeless children and families. All requests are housing emergencies, and those assisted must be working toward a long-term housing solution.
We thank all of our generous donors for supporting this important work!