Welcome to the CARE 66 blog. We are a small non profit whose mission is to create opportunities to end homelessness. We do this by providing support services and a variety of housing opportunities to our clients ranging from transitional housing to permanent housing with support services.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Happy Holidays from CARE 66!
We want to thank all you for your support.  We are very grateful for the donations, the ideas, the support we have received from you.  We are proud to serve the people of this City and County.  We hope 2014 will be a year of success and prosperity for you.
Until next month stay well and do good!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Finalist Chosen for CARE 66 Design Competition
GALLUP, NM—CARE 66 is pleased to announce that an architectural team from Atkins Olshin Schade (AOS) and 7 Directions has produced a winning design for a new mixed income development on the west side of Gallup.   Architects Daniel Glenn of 7 Directions and Jamie Blosser of AOS won over CARE 66 Board Members and Stakeholders with their design to transform 7 acres in the Stagecoach Neighborhood into small groupings of townhouses and apartments with common areas to promote both connectivity and safety.   Glenn and Blosser were one of three architectural teams invited to compete in a design competition sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners.  Daniel Glenn, AIA, is an MIT educated architect with 27 years of experience in sustainable building design and is recognized as a national leader in sustainable housing design for Native American Communities.  Jamie Blosser, resource member for the Sustainable Cities Design Academy and founder of the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative, has been practicing architecture in New Mexico for fifteen years.  CARE 66 plans to move forward with the new team for additional planning in 2014.

Friday, November 22, 2013

CARE 66’s 3K and 5K Turkey Trot and Cranberry Walk

CARE 66’s “Turkey Trot and Cranberry Walk” will be held on Thursday November 28th at the Lexington Hotel located at 407 W. Historic Highway 66.

Registration starts at 8 AM.

Adult entries are $10.00; youth 12 & up; under are $5.00, but sign up the whole family for $20.00 and show your support for ending homelessness in our area.  If you can’t run or walk, stand and volunteer!

All proceeds go to CARE 66 to support of our mission of creating opportunities to help end homelessness right here in Gallup.  Rain or shine event, no refunds please.

For further information, call Marlon at (505) 722-0066. To register and make a payment,  please click here.    

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

It's here again!  CARE 66 announces its costume “Boo Run for Your Life” to be held on Saturday October 26th at the Lexington Hotel located at 407 W. Historic Highway 66. All proceeds go to CARE 66 in support of our mission to create opportunities to help end homelessness right here in Gallup.

When: Registration starts at 2:00 PM and ends at 2:45 PM.

Where: 407 W. Historic Highway 66.

Registration:  Adults $10 | Youth (12 & under) $5 | Family $20

How:  Please visit the following link to fill out registration and to pay: CARE 66 Event Registration

Prizes will be awarded in male and female youth and adult categories.

Rain or shine event, no refunds please.

For more information, call Marlon at (505) 722-0066 or visit www.care66.org or email events@care66.org. We look forward to seeing all the fun and wonderful costumes!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Dear Friends,

I am writing to you a few weeks before the 4th Annual Mother Road Bicycle Classic.  We hope that your and/or your friends will take the time to ride in this event.  This year’s event is raising tax-deductible gifts for CARE 66.  We hope to use this year’s event to raise money for Hooghan Hózhó, a 44-unit downtown affordable housing project that will be completed next year. Due to funding constraints, we have had to remove the Early Childhood Development Center from the project.  The building is as originally envisioned with patios, open spaces and sunlight.  Our intention is that this will be a space where working families will find a home and the support they need to thrive.

If it is not possible for you to ride in this event please consider sponsoring a rider.  You can sponsor by the mile or as a lump sum.   Or you can just make a donation to CARE 66.  This year we are adding a BBQ in the evening following the ride for riders and their families.  Next year we will do the ride during the Gallup Indian Ceremonial weekend.  

We are excited about this event.  We have Board members and volunteers who help support riders with water, food, and emergency repair supplies.  It has been a great way to spend the day in and around Gallup.


Sanjay Choudhrie, Executive Director 

Please read our Fall Newsletter after the jump:

Thursday, August 8, 2013


Please visit our "Upcoming Events" section on our blog (http://tinyurl.com/mnjtxsf) or the "Upcoming Events" section of our website (http://tinyurl.com/kaqgxlb) to get registration and pledge information.

We look forward to seeing you on the "Mother Road!"

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Invitation to Attend CARE 66 Film Premier at Native Film Series

Dear Friends of CARE 66,

Please join CARE 66 as we screen our film, Together We Can, at the Native Film Series in Gallup, NM.

This short documentary film explores some of the struggles of and solutions to homelessness in the Gallup, NM area. film tells the history of CARE 66 and the efforts of community building and restoring humanity—of how “Together We Can.”

The film will be screened at the 7 PM show time at El Morro Theater on Friday August 9th.  Tickets are $3 at the door. Youth, 12 and under, are free, as well as Veterans.  For more information on purchasing tickets, please visit our Facebook page and the Gallup Chamber of Commerce event listing here.

We look forward to sharing our story with you.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Community Celebrates Hooghan Hózhó Groundbreaking

PRESS: NHA commits $6 million for downtown Gallup supportive housing development

From the Navajo Housing Authority Website:

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Sanjay Choudhrie CARE 66 Executive Director presents an artist’s rendering of the proposed 44-unit Hooghan Hozho supportive housing development during grand opening event luncheon held at Sammy C’s in Gallup. 

GALLUP, New Mexico — With a $6 million commitment from Navajo Housing Authority (NHA), the Community Area Resource Enterprise (CARE 66) held a groundbreaking ceremony for a 44-unit, multi-family, mixed-income supportive housing rental development in downtown Gallup, on East Coal Avenue on May 29.

The 44-unit, three-level, Hooghan Hozho housing project is scheduled for completion next April and will include resident facilities, offices, and incorporate several outdoor courtyards.

Sanjay Choudhrie, executive director of CARE 66, expressed appreciation for the project and its partners.

“The groundbreaking represents a wonderful breakthrough because from this point forward we are now going to figure how to construct the building as oppose to how are we going to get enough partners and finances for the project,” said Choudhrie. “We have come to this place because of the faith that the NHA Board of Commissioners and executive team at NHA has placed on us and we are very grateful for the opportunity and look forward to working on other projects with NHA.”

On Jan. 26, 2011, the NHA board of commissioners passed Resolution NHA-4146-2011, by a vote of 6-0-0, authorizing the issuance of a Letter of Commitment for $6 million to CARE 66. Funding would come from the 2011 Indian Housing Plan funded by the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA) Indian Housing Block Grant Funding.

“NHA understands that a lot of our Navajo people live in the border towns of the Navajo Nation,” said NHA Board Chairman Edward T. Begay. “Our partnership with CARE 66 is an opportunity to help our Navajo people in Gallup who often times find them selves in desperate need of housing.”

Other funding sources for the project came from Bonneville Capital, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the City of Gallup and McKinley County.

“About 50 percent of the people that live in Gallup are Navajo,” said Rhonda Berg, CARE 66 Housing Development Director. “It’s a wonderful partnership that NHA is getting started for the benefit of Native Americans.”

“Of the 44 units, 30 units are to be housed by Navajo families according to the provisions of NAHASDA,” Berg added. “Construction is set to take place in July on this year and will take about 10 – 12 months to complete.”

In March 2012, CARE 66 also opened a 21-unit supportive housing complex that provides transitional and affordable housing in the former Lexington Hotel in downtown Gallup, New Mexico. The NHA provided $1 million NAHASDA funding to CARE 66 for the rehab and renovation of the Lexington Hotel. CARE 66 said of the 21 rooms, 10 rooms are set aside to assist Native Americans.

According to CARE 66’s website, the median income for a household in McKinley County was $25,005, and the median income for a family was $26,806. The per capita income for the county was $9,872. About 31.90% of families and 36.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.30% of those under age 18 and 31.50% of those ages 65 or over. The county's per-capita income makes it one of the poorest counties in the United States.

Care 66 is a nonprofit Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) based in Gallup, New Mexico with the mission to create opportunities to end homelessness. CARE 66 is the minority partner in Chuska Apartments, a green Low Income Housing Tax Credit affordable housing development, which provides thirty units of affordable housing to low-income families including ten homeless families. Besides developing affordable housing, CARE 66 provides support services, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals. CARE 66 is supported units work by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Veterans Administration, Navajo Housing Authority, the City of Gallup, McKinley County, New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority, private citizens and foundations according to CARE 66 ‘s website.

For more information about this story and the Navajo Housing Authority, please visit their website: http://www.hooghan.org/.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Hooghan Hózhó Groundbreaking Ceremony: May 29th at 10 AM

You are cordially invited to the
Hooghan Hózhó Groundbreaking Ceremony
May 29, 2013  |  10:00 AM  |  200 Block of East Coal Ave

Hooghan Hózhó is a 44-unit multi-family development that features green design and cost-efficiency. New construction is on historic downtown Gallup, NM.

• Navajo Housing Authority                                      
• City of Gallup         
• McKinley County                                                    
• Rural Community Assistance Corporation
• Bonneville Capital                                                   
• New Mexico Environment Department
• New Mexico MFA                                                    
• U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
• NW NM Council of Governments: Region 6 Brownfields Coalition

Architect                                                                     Contractor
• Thomas Gifford, AIA                                              • Pavilion Construction

Property Management
• JL Gray, Inc.

230 S. 2nd Street, Gallup, NM 87301
Email: marlon@care66.org