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HEART of Taos operates several programs to help support independence for families and individuals by providing emergency, transitional, and permanent housing, and supportive services.
Taos NEST (Navigating Emergency Support Together)
For families, women, and men seeking emergency housing and support services, please go to Taos NEST by 8pm.
Taos NEST (Navigating Emergency Support Together) is opened for winter crisis shelter at 601 Lovato Place, behind Super Save. Adult (18+ years old) women, men, and gender expansive individuals who are in need of emergency overnight shelter can check in by 8 p.m. nightly for a bed. Families with children in need of shelter should go to Taos NEST by 8 p.m. or call DreamTree for the Family Emergency Shelter, which is operated with financial support from HEART of Taos.
HEART is providing funding to DreamTree Project / Taos NEST (Navigating Emergency Support Together) for short term emergency shelter for families facing homelessness in Taos County. In addition, HEART will continue funding wrap-around support services for individuals and families in Taos NEST. This support will include identification paperwork (birth certificates, social security, driver’s license), basic needs items, and other support to achieve housing stability.
Taos NEST is a multi-agency project with the goal to assist community members in accessing emergency shelter and support services. Taos NEST is a collaboration between CAV, DreamTree Project, HEART of Taos, Taos Men’s Shelter, Youth Heartline, St. James Church, and other service providers to support adults and families experiencing housing insecurity and/or homelessness. Read the Taos News article about our ARPA award for this project, or learn more about NEST and cold weather emergency shelter in Taos here. More information can be found here at DreamTree.
HEART was critical in the creation and planning of Taos NEST, we are grateful for this community wide collaborative effort with the Town of Taos, Taos County, and multiple community agencies.
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family Emergency Shelter
HEART of Taos’ goal is to raise at least $100,000 each winter, to provide families with critical shelter during harsh weather months. HEART is providing funding to DreamTree Project / Taos NEST (Navigating Emergency Support Together) for short term emergency shelter for families facing homelessness in Taos County. In addition, HEART will continue funding wrap-around support services for individuals and families in Taos NEST. This support will include identification paperwork (birth certificates, social security, driver’s license), basic needs items, and other support to achieve housing stability.
From December 2022 to July 2023, DreamTree served approximately 89 individuals, an estimated 15 families per month. The average cost was $37,500 per month, totaling over $300,000 for eight (8) months, the majority of which were non-recurring federal funds. By raising funds this winter, we – HEART and DreamTree – can help more families.
HEART will focus on the fundraising need of $100,000 to ensure families are sheltered each winter.
The problem that we face is that all the families need longer term housing options with support services. Therefore, developing affordable, supportive, transitional and permanent housing for families will help decrease the need for family emergency shelter. We will inform community leaders about the need for permanent affordable and supportive housing for families in Taos County.
HEART has committed to developing one, two-bedroom family housing unit that is transitional, affordable, supportive and sustainable in Taos County, known as Taos Hearth. HEART is collaborating with Eco Build Lab, Mark Goldman Architect, and In Our Hands. The current projected budget is $425,000 for the development of Taos Hearth. Taos Hearth recently made headlines in the Taos News article Nonprofit offers new approach to sustainable, affordable housing.
more about taos hearth project
|Predevelopment Costs (designs, fees, etc.) (Donated)||$25,000|
|Flood Mitigation, Engineering, etc.||$10,000|
|Structure (materials, equipment, etc.)||$100,000|
|Sustainable Utility Systems||$50,000|
|Permits, Fees, etc.||$20,000|
|Contractor, Labor, Other Costs||$40,000|
Remaining Balance Needed: $310,000
*Collaborators/Partners: Eco Build Lab, Mark Goldman Architect LLC, and In Our Hands.