ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The first batch of about 100 mattresses for the Albuquerque Heading Home program was received at the program’s warehouse Thursday morning by Mayor Richard J. Berry, staff members of Albuquerque Heading Home, and representatives from Mattress Firm New Mexico — the designated “sleep sponsor” for the program this year.
Since 2011, more than 400 of the most medically fragile and chronically homeless people have been placed in housing through Albuquerque Heading Home. Mattress Firm New Mexico has committed to providing every person placed in the program this year with a new twin-size Tempur-Pedic mattress, box spring and frame, a retail value of about $1,000 each.
Berry reminded those assembled that a study conducted last year by UNM economic researchers found that housing this group of homeless people was 31.6 percent less expensive than leaving them on the streets and reliant on emergency room medical care and other expensive social services.
Further, Albuquerque Heading Home has a success rate of about 80 percent as measured by the number of people who remain in the program for more than a year or who leave the program and transition into independent living, said Megan McCormick, director of development for Albuquerque Heading Home.