Albuquerque, NM – Mayor Richard J. Berry, the Department of Family and Community Services and Steel Bridge (formerly the Albuquerque Rescue Mission) announce the wrap-up of this season’s emergency winter shelter. The shelter served the chronically homeless for 121 days during this season, opening its doors on November 15, 2016 and remained in service until March 15, 2017. An average of 255 individuals,including families with children, received shelter each night this winter.
This season the shelter saw an increase in the daily average attendance by 10%. Recent beautification projects by the Girl Scouts made those who stayed at the shelter feel more comfortable. This increase in attendance translates to a daily average of 23 more individuals who did not have to sleep in the elements during the colder months of the year.
“My administration has made a priority of helping individuals who are experiencing medical vulnerability and are chronically homeless,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry. “Through our housing first model, Heading Home, we have housed over 600 people and through our nationally recognized program, There’s a Better Way, we have connected thousands to jobs. This Winter Shelter is a very important piece of an overall plan to assist those in most need in our community.”
Each year the Department of Family and Community Services provides more than $1.7 million of funding to six different shelters and $6.8 million in motel vouchers and permanent housing solutions through its partners and providers.
“Permanent supportive housing has proven to be the most cost effective way to truly end homelessness for individuals and families in Albuquerque,” said Douglas H. Chaplin, Director of Family and Community Services.
According to A Status Report on Hunger and Homelessness in America’s Cities, released in December 2016, Albuquerque saw a decrease of overall people experiencing homelessness by 40% since 2009 and a decrease in unsheltered homelessness by 80%.
For more information on homeless services available in the City please visit cabq.gov/family or call 311, TTY 711.