H.E.A.R.T. of Taos is expanding services to Taos County women facing homelessness. In March, HEART of Taos will move its Resource Center to a 2,500-square-foot space – more than double the size of the existing facility across from Kit Carson Park.
HEART of Taos will temporarily close on March 15 to facilitate the move and invites the public to attend its grand opening, open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, March 23 at 4 p.m. at the new Resource Center located at 1353 Paseo del Pueblo Sur.
“In response to a continual flow of Taos County women sliding into homelessness each month,” said Ama Khan, H.E.A.R.T. co-founder and executive director, “and thanks to our greater community of Taos residents, friends and our ever-growing TeamHEART membership program, we will be opening a larger Resource Center in March. This move will allow us to expand direct support services, hours of operation and program offerings.”
Now in its third year of operations, H.E.A.R.T. of Taos has served more than 500 Taos County women and children facing homelessness. HEART specializes in providing one-on-one, planning and goal-based partnering, support coordination, and community-based transitional housing to Taos County women committed and motivated to re-stabilize housing and income. H.E.A.R.T. is an acronym that stands for Hope, Empowerment, Advocacy, Respect and Transitional housing.
Along with the expanded Resource Center, new programs and initiatives in 2018 include HEART House, a transitional co-living residence for up to 15 Taos County women and children (and their pets) scheduled to open this spring; a new volunteer guidance counseling program; Sustainable in Taos – A Homelessness Prevention Kit; and a Pay-What-You-Can community café and “tiny house” casita-plex project are in the development pipeline.
HEART’s 2018 relocation and program expansion will further empower the nonprofit’s impact on our community –ending homelessness, enhancing community collaboration, generating resources to prevent homelessness, providing sustainable affordable housing and pioneering new solutions to Taos County homelessness.