Mesilla Valley Community of Hope is a service center that addresses homelessness and poverty in Las Cruces and Dona Ana County, New Mexico. The mission is to promote dignity and empowerment among the homeless population by providing case management, disability and income assistance and permanent housing. MVCH provide a variety of services including, but not limited to: day shelter services, an overnight tent city, intensive case management, housing programs, and assistance with disability applications in a compassionate manner and professional atmosphere that promote and facilitate transitioning out of homelessness and into stable housing for homeless, near-homeless, indigent and disabled clients. Nearly all of the Community of Hope’s clients are homeless. Others are on the brink of homelessness and face living their lives on the streets in a matter of weeks or even days. A catastrophic medical condition, the loss of a job, the end of a relationship, a domestic violence situation or a lifetime of physical or emotional abuse, substance abuse, poor physical health, or mental health issues are some of the life-altering crises that contribute to homelessness. Combine these causes with a lack of affordable housing and you have the equation for homelessness. The Community of Hope provides support through a myriad of services to help people get back on their feet and off the streets. In addition, our case managers provide people with referrals to other agencies where they can obtain help, such as the Veteran’s Administration, the Social Security Administration, mental health care providers, and local income support centers.
2014-15 Data Picture of MVCH
In the Fiscal Year 2014-2015, 2679 persons accounted for more than 19821 visits to the front desk of MVCH. With an average age of 43 and ranging in age from 17 to 96: 958 (36% ) were female and 1720 (64%) were male and 89% white and more than half (52%) were homeless. 775 visitors signed up to see a Case manager and overall, MVCH served 258 veterans. Case managers saw 775 clients ranging in age from 18 to 86 and averaging 43 years of age. 151 were vets. 21% were between the ages of 18-30 and 69% between 31-60. 65% of the clients were male, 48% Hispanic and 52% non-hispanic, 89% White, . 31% were living on the street when they arrived, 22% were staying at the emergency shelter. The bulk of the rest came from domestic violence situations, transitional housing, and substance abuse facilities. 50% of the case managers’ clients had no income and 44% are receiving EBT (SNAP) assistance. Other assistance is much less and from veterans benefits, social security, SSDI, employment income and general assistance. Housing programs consist of the following:
MVCH offers the use of showers, laundry washers/dryers, access to phones for local and long distance calls, an address for incomming mail and voice mail for phone messages, lockers for secure storage during the day, computers with internet connection, meeting/class room which also contains a library of donated books and magazines.
FY 14-15 SSO
- Showers: 4346
- Laundry: 1225
- Computers: 1230
- Lockers: 911
MVCH Client numbers are rising
This year, MVCH has 10 programs that house qualified clients.
Housing – Persons:
12% increase from FY13 – FY14 (215 vs. 240 housed)
14% increase from FY14 – FY 15 (240 vs. 273 housed)
4 months into FY16 we are at 228 housed.
Housing – Households:
6% increase from FY13 – FY14 (120 vs. 127 housed)
22% increase from FY14 – FY15 (127 vs 155 housed)
4 months into FY16 we are at 138 housed
Mesilla Valley Community of Hope, Inc. is incorporated in the State of New Mexico as a Nonprofit Corporation. We are designated as a 501(c)(3) organization by the Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, and are authorized to accepted donations which are tax deductible at fair value for the donor. No goods or services are granted in exchange for donations.