Do I Qualify?
We serve individuals experiencing particular challenges. A new resident must be able to verify these circumstances with documentation:
| Homelessness | Low Income or SSI/SSDI | Mental Health Diagnosis |
Furthermore a potential resident must:
Be at least 18 years of age.
Be willing and able to participate in: group or individual therapy, community meetings (M-F), and community life for the duration of their stay.
Be ambulatory, not requiring nursing care, and physically capable of contributing to household work (chores, meal preparation, etc).
Have already secured, or be in the process of securing SSI or SSDI benefits.
Be able to pay ⅓ of their income as rent, plus $200 to contribute to communal food, household goods, and other program expenses.
Be clinically stable--no recent violent outbursts; cooperative with medical care providers treatment plans for at least 30 days.
Be willing to be screened for past violent history to ensure we keep Casa Milagro a safe place.
Be drug and alcohol free for at least 3 months and willing to maintain sobriety for the duration of their stay.
Have More Questions?
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. How do I get into Casa? Is there a waitlist?
A. Casa Milagro works directly with the NM Coalition to End Homelessness (NMCEH). We are required to fill our units with the highest level of vulnerability. Those getting first priority are the chronically homeless. The next level are those that are currently, literally, homeless and have a high level of vulnerability. This vulnerability is measured through a Coordinated Entry Assessment, given at a homeless shelters, NMCEH, or by a community provider trained in this. Casa Milagro networks with the Coalition and utilizes the homeless database to give first priority to these individuals. If we are unable to identify a potential resident through this process, we do keep a list of “interested” individuals for possible contact. However, this not a waitlist. We receive a considerable amount of inquiries from concerned family members, individuals currently in boarding homes, Care Coordinators of all types, but unfortunately have to follow the level of priority established by our funders.
Q. Is Casa Milagro an assisted living facility?
A. No. We are an independent living situation, that is communal, with shared living space. We are staffed 24/7 and are considered “permanent supportive housing” by HUD. We do not provide any nursing care. Supportive services are around medication administration, care coordination, benefits access and management of the home.
Q. Is Casa Milagro a group home?
A. No. We are not a state licensed group home or boarding home. The services we provide as a “therapeutic home” go considerably beyond the basics of a bed and meals.
Q. Are you co-ed?
A. Yes. The balance of the house does change periodically, but we try to keep pods same gender. We have 4 pods. Currently two are for women; one is for men; one is mixed-gendered with an emphasis on accessibility for people with physical disabilities.
Q. Do I have to share a bedroom and bathroom?
A. No and yes, respectively. Each pod has 3 private bedrooms, a shared sitting room and a shared bathroom.
Q. Can I come and go as I please? Can I go on overnight trips?
A. This is an independent living situation and residents are allowed to come and go. Still, there are certain needs for the community to function. When planning a trip away, we request 24 hours notification to assure coverage for house duties and preparation of any medications for the time away.
Q. Do you have a therapist/psychiatrist in your facility?
A. We have social workers on staff, and residents are encouraged to seek therapeutic and psychiatric services outside the Casa Milagro community.
Q. Can I smoke at your facility?
A. We have designated areas for smoking.
Q: Will Casa Milagro accept residents who have a past criminal history/felony?
A: It depends on the offense. We will not house anyone with a violent history. When considering potential residents with non-violent felonies in their background, we take into consideration: how long ago offense occurred, treatment completion, and current level of functioning.
A. We are supportive of Emotional Support Animals or Therapeutic Companions. The animal does need to be able to fit within the current animal family, and we require documentation of reasonable accommodation.
Q. Can we apply as a couple or a family?
A. No, we are a community of single adults.
Q. But I’m interested in dating. How would that work if I lived at Casa Milagro?
A. We encourage our residents to also develop interests and outlets outside of the home, to engage in the greater community.
Q. Can I have visitors?
A. Yes. Visitors are welcome. We ask that all visitors be mindful and respectful of our community of kindness.
Q. How much does it cost?
A. Casa Milagro is HUD subsidized and costs 30% of your income, plus $200 supplement fee. The supplement fee covers food and household essentials that CM staff will purchase.
Q. Do you buy residents snacks?
A. We provide healthy snacks, but no junk food or soda. Residents are welcome to purchase them for themselves.
Q. What if I don’t have disability (SSI/SSDI) yet?
A. You must have already applied or be in the process of applying for disability. Documentation of disability by a professional provider must be provided.
Q. Can I use my Medical Marijuana card?
A. Due to being federally funded through HUD, we cannot allow use of medical marijuana.
Q. Do I need/can I bring furniture?
A. You can bring your own furniture, but space is limited to the individual’s room. If you don’t have any, Casa can assist in finding the basics such as a bed.
Q. Can I store some of my belongings?
A. We have a limited allotted space for some belongings.
Q. Can I pay for my residence at Casa Milagro through health insurance?
A. No, Casa Milagro does not take health insurance. Although we provide coordination of care, we do not receive financial compensation for our services from insurance companies.