This story is a staff report from The Paper.

The Bernalillo Commission approved $500,000 for the Tiny Home Village support needed to run village’s behavioral health programs. The Tiny Home Village is located in SE Albuquerque on Zuni St. SE and is a transitional housing community for the unhoused that boasts 30 tiny homes and can host 40 residents. Each unit has a bed and ample room for clothes and personal belongings. The award-winning facility’s focus on community building is immediately evident, as most amenities are located in communal areas.

The approved funds will be used to hire behavioral health and case managers to assist individuals and couples address housing stability, mental illness and substance use disorders.

The services provided are designed to assist clients to achieve success in and satisfaction with community living and propel them into a more stable and sustainable living situation. The services are focused on home and community integration and engagement in productive activities. The target population is single adults, or couples aged 18 or older and includes individuals who are homeless or precariously housed, who have experienced behavioral health challenges.

Commissioners approved the funding on a 4 to 1 vote.  District 4 Commissioner Walt Benson was dissenting.