Albuquerque, New Mexico 2021-01-13 20:55:00 –
“There are vulnerable people who may have lived in places that weren’t really the best place to live, such as cars, unheated garages, doubled or tripled with overcrowded family and friends. “” Said director Carol Pierce. Of family and community services.
Pierce said the problem continues to grow because of the pandemic.
“As of this week, about 750 people in the city alone are housed in five hotels and the Westside Emergency Housing Center, the highest ever in our community with 180 children under the age of 18. It’s a thing, “she said.
In 2019, voters approved $ 14 million for a new hub for homeless homes and services called the Gateway Center. Pierce said he had a purchase contract for an old loveless hospital in Gibson, but that’s just part of the puzzle.
As the upcoming 60-day legislative session approaches, Mayor Keller said the issue was one of his priorities and would demand an additional $ 10 million from the state.
“I was hoping that one would be an old loveless facility because it’s for multiple gateway centers. It would take a lot of rehabilitation and remodeling to make it available, but on a small scale. There are also several gateway centers. What are the funds for? “Mayor Keller said.
In addition to funding gateways and triage centers, public security is also a priority. This adds to other quality of life priorities such as Rail Yards infrastructure, outdoor sports multipurpose stadiums and WestSide indoor sports facilities. In total, these projects cost more than $ 100 million.
Homelessness, public safety among Mayor Keller’s top priorities for upcoming legislative session Source link Homelessness, public safety among Mayor Keller’s top priorities for upcoming legislative session