Hungry and Homeless is one of nine philanthropic programs of Assistance League of Albuquer­que. The committee assists the hungry and homeless by partnering with nonprofit organi­zations in Albuquerque: Silver Horizons and HealthCare for the Homeless.

The mission of Silver Horizons is to ensure that low-income seniors live safe and secure, in their own homes, with enough food to eat; 40% of these seniors are caregivers for grandchildren. Sometimes three generations live in the same household. Silver Horizons assists with house­hold bills and minor home repairs. Silver Horizons recently opened a store on Eubank and Indian School where seniors can select from a variety of food including meat. Silver Horizons will open a store in Santa Fe soon. ALA provides Silver Horizons $800 each month to assist in paying for the food they order from RightGift® and also for meat purchased locally to stock their food pantries. 

For over three decades, Albuquerque HealthCare for the Homeless (AHCH) has served our community as the only health care organization in Central New Mexico dedicated exclusively to providing services to the homeless. AHCH provides critical services to over 10,000 men, women, and children every year. By addressing the health-related causes of homelessness, AHCH makes it possible for people to find solutions to end their homelessness.

The chapter spends about $800 a month for seasonal items, which are sent directly to AHCH. The committee is informed of what is needed, and socks are always on the list. In addition, hand and foot warmers, warm caps, and gloves are a priority in preparation for colder weather. Throughout the year personal items for women, baby diapers and formula, sunscreen, creams, lip gloss, and snacks are requested. Last summer the chapter provided art supplies to 27 homeless families living in a motel.