Welcome to the 2023 Taos Parade of Homes sponsored by The Taos News, Enchanted Homes Magazine, and the Taos County Association of Realtors® (TCAR), with all proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Taos.
Habitat for Humanity of Taos
Habitat for Humanity of Taos is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, an ecumenical, nonprofit Christian housing ministry building decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need. Habitat for Humanity of Taos has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone needs a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to help with the work, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.
Why Taos….The town of Taos is in northern New Mexico, 110 miles northeast of Albuquerque. Taos is at an elevation of about 7,000 feet and has a population of 5,000. Surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains which includes Wheeler Peak, the highest peak in New Mexico at 13,100 feet this high desert area shows the Southwest in all its beauty. The air is thin, the humidity is low and the sun is bright.
Taos is also home to the Taos Pueblo, a multi-storied adobe building that has been used for more than 1,000 years. There are also world class museums and galleries, the historic Taos Plaza, the historic San Francisco de Asis Church in Ranchos de Taos and the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, 8 miles northwest of Taos. The latter spans 650 feet above the river.
Tourism is the dominant sector of Taos economy. As a result, the majority of the population works in the service industry. More than 20% of the population lives below the poverty line and the median personal income is $26,000. In contrast, the average home price is $289,000 and, according to the State Housing Authority, 90% of the people who live and work in Taos cannot afford a home of their own.