What's going on, Albuquerque?
It is difficult to criticize any effort to help the homeless, but from a more general perspective what Mayor Berry is doing is not good enough.
This is like filling a pothole temporarily only to have it show up again during the next freeze because you didn't fix the underlying problem, and how do you distinguish which pothole is more important than another?
Seventy five solutions don't fix the problem for the thousands of people in this City; if not homeless are hungry and have inadequate shelter and lack basic healthcare, many of them children.
I would suggest the Mayor go talk with the people who use The Store House, Central United Methodist Church on University & Central, Project Share on Yale, St. Martins, and other service organization hot spots, rather at 4AM just people living directly on the pavement and under a bush. Housing 75 people is admirable but my concern now is about person number 76 and beyond.
pc, I'm gonna disagree with you on this one. 75 people housed and connected with social services is a positive step. this is also framed as a pilot program to deal with the issue of chronic long-term homelessness among what a relatively small proportion of the people who live on abq's streets in a given year, so presumably more people will be included in the program each year. it'll be interesting to see what data the city collects about the success of the project, as it's ultimately a cost-benefit analysis and should produce hard numbers. 100,000 homes (the group that the city is partnering with) seems connected to "housing first" projects that have been undertaken in large cities in the last 10 years, where the goal is reduction in use of taxpayer funded crisis services. in other cities, the results seem net positive. frankly, I find it hopeful to see city leadership looking around the country for working programs to implement here.
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