New Energy Economy hosts fundraiser for local nonprofit that helps homeless, mentally ill people
Casa Milagro, a 12-bedroom, six-bath nonprofit home for people who are both mentally ill and homeless, has provided dignified living to those who need it most since 1995, but it needs help going solar.
Enter New Energy Economy, another New Mexico nonprofit, with a series of fundraisers designed to help pay to completely solarize the Casa Milagro house on Santa Fe’s Southside as part of its next SOL for All! project. After installing the system, 101% of Casa Milagro’s annual electricity will be taken care of, effectively putting an end to electric bills.
“The SOL for All! project has been successful and, for community institutions, it makes it possible to cancel out their continuously rising electric bills,” says New Energy Economy Executive Director Mariel Nanasi. “They repurpose that money, and instead of it going to PNM and out-of-state shareholders, it goes back into their program needs.”
This particular fundraiser features a screening of the Sundance Official Selection film Bedlam: An Intimate Journey Into America’s Mental Health Crisis from filmmaker Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, a challenging but vital look at mental illness today. After the screenings, a panel discussion dives deeper into the work of both Casa Milagro and New Energy Economy.
Homelessness in New Mexico has continued to rise over the last several years, a problem exacerbated by a dearth of clean and safe boarding homes for those with mental illness. Casa Milagro allows its residents to stay for life, as well as keep pets, though residents are required to have a job, pay rent and spend time in the community.
The total cost to solarize Casa Milagro is about $57,000, according to Nanasi.
“We had an audit done of how much it would cost…and we essentially got the complete buy-in [from the residents and administrators],” Nanasi tells SFR. “It was extraordinarily beautiful.” (Katherine Lewin)
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Katherine is a Florida native in Santa Fe to cover the texture and life of the city's Southside using writing, photography, videography and audio. She's a grant-funded fellow in the Report for America program. Her second year as a corpsmember began June 1, 2020.