“Homeless encampments refer to two or more people experiencing homelessness who are living outside, rather than in an emergency shelter. Most homeless encampments are prohibited by local ordinances that do not allow camping and sleeping in public places and zoning laws that bar camping and accessory dwellings.
People living in these unsanctioned homeless encampments live in persistent fear of “sweeps”: clean-up actions by local authorities where encampment residents may lose the few valuables and possessions they have. Nevertheless, due to an acute shortage of affordable housing and even a lack of emergency shelters, homeless encampments not only exist but are also increasing in many cities.”
Link to quoted source material is here:
Homeless encampments are increasing around the U.S. in one form or another including permanent structures and allowing tents. In New Mexico, Las Cruces, has embraced the model with its Camp Hope. The efforts allow homeless encampments have now come to Albuquerque.
GIBSON-O’MALLEY PROPOSE “HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS”
On May 5, it was reported that Albuquerque City Councilor Diane Gibson and Bernalillo County Commissioner Debbie O’Malley want the city and the county to establish “homeless encampments”. They argue the encampments would be a better alternative for those who might now be sleeping on sidewalks, in doorways, arroyos or other places unfit for human habitation. Such camps, also called “safe outdoor spaces” would be managed sites with tents or low-cost structures where people without homes can sleep and access bathrooms and showers. City and County law enforcement and code enforcement would not have any authority to cite or break up the camping on the designate areas.
The link to quoted source materials is here:
County Commissioner O’Malley acknowledged that encampments are no ideal living situation but said the camps would offer a level of “safety, consistency and sanitation” that can help residents obtain other resources and achieve stability. O’Malley had this to say:
“I think the big thing is it really addresses the need of folks who don’t want to be in a shelter.”
Albuquerque City Councilor Diane Gibson for her part said she has thought about encampments since she and O’Malley began working on what is now the community’s first Tiny Home Village. The village in the South East part of the city and is a 30-unit transitional housing development featuring 120-square-foot structures with only beds, desks and porches. Sanctioned encampments would provide a similar environment but at a much lower capital investment than the nearly $5 million for Tiny Home Village.
Both O’Malley and Gibson said the homeless encampments could provide more than just tents. There are other options such as 64-square-foot aluminum structures designed specifically to house people who are homeless. The units have lockable doors and windows and are designed to accommodate electricity, heating and air conditioning. Prices start at $4,900 apiece.
HOMELESS COORDINATING COUNCIL WEIGHS IN
The Homeless Coordinating Council includes leaders from the City, Bernalillo County and the University of New Mexico. The Council embraces encampments as a “high-impact strategy” for addressing homelessness. According to a spokeswoman for the city’s Family and Community Services Department, it is exploring the idea of encampments and researching best practices to deal with safety, security and sanitation.
Family and Community Services Department Director Carol Pierce said there is some local enthusiasm around the homeless encampment model with some conversations happening with potential partners in the local faith-based community.
The city’s upcoming 2021 bond program package that will be on the November 2 ballot for voter approval includes $500,000 for encampments.
NO OVERWHELMING ENTHUSIASM
The Rock at Noon Day is an Albuquerque day shelter for people who are homeless. Noon Day Executive Director Danny Whatley is no fan of government sanctioned homeless encampments as a solution. However, Whatley concedes that outdoor camps may now be a “necessary evil” given the circumstances.
Whatley fears a new surge of homelessness when current pandemic eviction moratoriums expire and federal government funding and grants are gone. According to Whatley:
“Could a sanctioned tent city assist that number and help some folks? Yeah, it probably could. … Unfortunately, that’s the world we live in now, trying to find a safe, secure place or site for folks to live in a tent.”
Steve Berg, the Vice President of Programs and Policy for the National Alliance to End Homelessness, said his organization does not have an official stance on sanctioned encampments, only that they be implemented the right way.
According to Berg:
“Success always [depends] on whether there’s a clear and actual plan to get people out of that space and into housing as quickly as possible. … “If you don’t have that, you’re not going to get what you want out of it.”
The link to quoted source materials is here:
FEAR OF LITIGATION
“Fear of legal challenges influences how cities approach closing encampments. Local jurisdictions want to avoid being taken to court over due process and cruel and unusual punishment challenges, according to … research on encampments. This concern is likely to grow following the September 2018 ruling of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Martin v. City of Boise.
Courts have found that depriving homeless people of the rights to perform survival activities in public spaces when no alternatives are available violates the 1st, 4th, 5th, 8th, and 14th Amendments to the Constitution. In Martin v. City of Boise, the court held that “as long as there is no option of sleeping indoors, the government cannot criminalize indigent, homeless people for sleeping outdoors, on public property.” Some legal challenges have resulted in settlements, which generally call for minimum notice before clearance of encampments, requirements for storage of personal belongings, and compensation for people who are swept from encampments and attorney fees.
In January 2018, advocates brought a lawsuit against officials in Orange County, California, following the clearance of a massive encampment along the Santa Ana riverbed. As of October 2018, elements of a preliminary settlement agreement were more expansive and included a commitment to provide proactive outreach and engagement, as well as referrals to services, before evicting people from encampments; development of “standards of care” by the county for homelessness services programs; drawdown of funds already available to support “programs, services, and activities” for people experiencing homelessness; adoption of due process protections; establishment of a method for formally addressing requests for accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act; and referrals to collaborative courts2 to handle citations.”
The link to quoted source is here:
POINT IN TIME COUNT
Each year, the “Point in Time” (PIT) survey is conducted to determine how many people experience homelessness on a given night, and to learn more about their specific needs. The PIT survey is conducted on only one night to determine how many people experience homelessness and to learn more about their specific needs. The PIT count is done in communities across the country in both urban and rural areas, and counting both sheltered and unsheltered homeless people.
On January 8,2020, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) report released the annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress containing the statistics for Albuquerque and New Mexico.
The link to the report is here:
NEW MEXICO “POINT IN TIME” HOMELESS COUNT
According to the PIT, New Mexico had the nation’s largest percentage increase in homelessness from 2018 to 2019 in the nation with an increase of 27%. New Mexico also had a 57.6% increase in chronic homelessness last year, also the highest in the nation. The percentage increase in Albuquerque’s homeless population alone rose by 15%. In New Mexico there were 2,464 homeless people in 2019 and of that total, 1,283 persons, or about 52%, were chronically homeless.
ALBUQUERQUE “POINT IN TIME” HOMELESS COUNT
The New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness was contracted by the City of Albuquerque to conduct the annual PIT count. The Coalition puts the number of homeless people in Albuquerque at 1,524 sheltered and unsheltered individuals. This 1,524 is 206 more than were counted in 2017 when 1,318 homeless people were counted in the city limits.
The city’s pre-pandemic estimates were that about 5,000 households experience homelessness at some point in a given year. Albuquerque has seen an alarming rise in “unsheltered homelessness,” which accounted for 37% of all those identified as homeless in an official 2019 count, up from 14% in 2015.
CITY’S NUMBER OF HOMELESS HIGHER
Under the PIT count, only homeless people who stay in shelters are counted in even-numbered years. Both sheltered and unsheltered homeless people are counted in odd-numbered years. Only those homeless people who can be located are counted, either sheltered or unsheltered, as well as only those who agree to participate in the survey. A 100% accuracy number cannot be determined, only an overall estimate.
The nonprofit Rock At Noon Day offers meals and other services to the homeless. Noon Day Executive Director Danny Whatley believes that based on Noon Day observations, the number of homeless people in Albuquerque is likely between 4,000 and 4,500. What is alarming is that according to Whatley, the fastest-growing segments are senior citizens and millennials defined ad ages 23 to 38 in 2019.
Government agencies and nonprofits report that the city’s homeless numbers are greater than the 1,524 found by the PIT and the number of homeless in Albuquerque approaches 4,500 in any given year.
Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) is New Mexico’s largest school district, serving more than a fourth of the state’s students and nearly 84,000 students. APS spokeswoman Monica Armenta stated the number of homeless children enrolled in district schools, meaning kids from families that have no permanent address, has consistently ranged from 3,200 to 3,500.
Johanna King another APS spokesperson said the number includes people who live in motels or who are doubled up with family or friends. APS serves many students in need with nearly two-thirds qualifying for the federal school meals program. The APS school district serves 29,000 breakfast per school day and 41,000 lunches per school day.
The centralized citywide system known as the Coordinated Entry System that the city uses to track the homeless and fill supportive housing openings reports that approximately 5,000 households experienced homelessness last year.
Links to news stories can be found here:
It was on Wednesday, May 7, 2020, Mayor Tim Keller said that the city was abandoning the development concept of a single, 300-bed homeless shelter known as the Gateway Center. The city owned shelter was intended to assist an estimated 300 homeless residents and connect them to other services intended to help secure permanent housing. The new facility would have served all populations of men, women, and families. Further, the city wanted to provide a place anyone could go regardless of gender, religious affiliation, sobriety, addictions, psychotic condition or other factors.
In his May 7 announcement, Keller said the city would be proceeding with a “multi-site approach” to the city’s homelessness crisis. Mayor Tim Keller went so far as to state that the 300 bed Gateway Center was “off the table”.
The link to the Keller press conference is here:
When the city abandoned plans to build one large homeless shelter, city officials said the new multi-site approach could mean a series of “smaller facilities” throughout the community. Ostensibly, there would be no single resource hub in one large facility as was originally proposed with the 300 bed Gateway Center.
City officials have also said the tentative strategy includes 100 to 175 standard emergency shelter beds that could be defined as a smaller shelters to accommodate men, women, children and families, plus 25 to 50 medical recovery beds. Critics are saying 150-175 bed facilities are is way too big.
LOVELACE HOSPITAL ON GIBSON COMPLEX TO BECOME GATWWAY CENTER
On February 18, 2021 the Keller Administration purchased the Lovelace hospital on Gibson Boulevard in Southeast Albuquerque for $15 million. The facility is a massive 529,000-square-foot building with upwards of 50% of it is said to be vacant. The city intends to convert the medical center into a Gateway Center which will add health resources for the city along with services for the unhoused, including centrally located shelter beds and supports to connect people with housing.
On Tuesday, April 6, Mayor Tim Keller held a press conference in front of the Gibson Medical Center to officially announce the city bought massive complex and will transform it into a Gateway Center for the homeless. In making the announcement, Keller had this to say:
“The City of Albuquerque has officially bought the Gibson Medical Center, the cornerstone of our Gateway Center network. In total, this represents the largest capital investment that Albuquerque has ever made for the unhoused. We have roughly 5,000 homeless people.
So we’re going to work with our partners, so the Healthcare for the Homeless, HopeWorks, Heading Home and others, Barrett House, and also a lot of the faith based community.”
On Tuesday, April 13, the Bernalillo County Commission voted to approve $1 million to the purchase and renovate the medical center for the Gateway Center.
CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE SERVICES PROVIDED TO THE HOMELESS
The Family and Community Service Division of the City of Albuquerque is the city department that provides services to the city’s homeless. The services include prevention, outreach, shelter and housing programs and supportive services. The adjusted approved fiscal 2020-2021 General Fund budget for the Department is $56.3 million. The Department employs 296 full time employees.
According to the Family and Community Service Division approved FY 21 budget, city homeless programs and Initiatives provided 4,662 people with emergency shelter through City-funded services. An average of 286 people slept each night at the Westside Emergency Housing Center (WEHC), including solo adults and families.
The link to the entire city 2020-2021 approved city budget is here and you can find the Family and Community Service budget on pages 167 to 180.
The City, along with community partners and charitable organizations addresses the system of care for the homeless. The City, in collaboration with community partners has:
Coordinated street outreach to people living in public spaces.
Converted the Westside Emergency Housing Center to a year-round shelter, doubling the number of year-round shelter beds available.
Increased annual investment in supportive housing by 44% since FY18.
Invested $10 million in the Workforce Housing Trust Fund to create new, high quality housing for lower and moderate-income Albuquerque residents.
Launched a new $21.4 million emergency rental assistance program to keep people housed who are in danger of being evicted.
According to the department’s budget, city homeless programs and initiatives provided 4,662 people with emergency shelter through City-funded services. An average of 286 people slept each night at the Westside Emergency Housing Center (WEHC), including solo adults and families. (City 2021 approved budget, Page 171) The budget contains line-item listings for contract services that go directly to help the homeless as follows:
Emergency Shelter Contracts: $5,688,094.
Homeless Support Services: $3,384,212.
Mental Health Contracts: $4,329,452
Substance Abuse Contract: $2,586,302
The approved FY 21 Family and Community Service Division also provides Affordable Housing and Community Development Contracts totaling $22,531,752.
EDITORS NOTE: A line-item listing of the contracts for Emergency Shelter contracts, Homeless Support Services, Mental Health Contracts and Substance abuse can be found in the postscript to this blog article.
BERNALILLO COUNTY SERVICES PROVIDED TO THE HOMELESS
Over 7 years ago, on February 26, 2015, the Bernalillo County Commission approved a 1/8% gross receipts tax increase on a 3-2 vote to fund new behavioral and mental health services to improve access to mental and behavioral health care services in the county. The tax generates approximately $20 million annually.
The intent for the tax is to invest the funding “in proven ways to better manage the high cost of addiction, homelessness and mental health problems”. According to a county commission announcement, “these issues impact families throughout the community and drive up the cost of public services, especially at the Metropolitan Detention Center.” The gross receipts tax costs shoppers one cent on a $10 purchase of goods and services.
The 1/8th% gross receipts tax was enacted to be used for the purpose of providing more mental and behavioral health services for adults and children in the Albuquerque and Bernalillo County area. The intent is to provide a safety net system for those in need of mental health not otherwise funded in New Mexico.
On Oct. 15, 2019 he Bernalillo County Commissioners (BCC) voted and approved funding of up to $10 Million out of the behavioral health tax. County officials said that a total of 47 providers ultimately submitted proposals. The county is funding 11 of the private providers at varying amounts.
The expansion of behavioral health services, while also incentivize the providers to create sustainable, effective linkages between service providers and the people they serve, will improve patients’ access to preventative and chronic care services. The creation of these linkages can help develop and support partnerships between organizations that share a common goal of improving the health of the people and the community in which they live. The expansion will also promote improved outcomes for persons living with a behavioral health diagnosis, a more knowledgeable public, and increased referrals to appropriate services.”
Links to the county news release and news report are here:
COMMENTARY AND ANALYSIS
Buried in the Family and Community Service Division Budget are these nuggets of information that need to be highlighted:
“According to the department’s budget, city homeless programs and Initiatives provided 4,662 people with emergency shelter through City-funded services. An average of 286 people slept each night at the Westside Emergency Housing Center (WEHC), including solo adults and families.”
Those number actually approach the number of homeless in Albuquerque found by the Point In Time Survey. Notwithstanding, Albuquerque’s homeless population continues to increase.
There is no doubt that Bernalillo County Commissioner Debbie O’Malley and Albuquerque City Councilor Diane Gibson have good intentions and should be thanked for their willingness to take on the homeless crisis in the City. However, their enthusiasm for a homeless encampment needs to be abandoned in that their idea is so very wrong on so many levels.
FIRST: The idea of a government sanctioned homeless encampment, defeats the purpose of what the city and county are already doing. Ostensibly Gibson and O’Malley do not think the city is moving fast enough. The city is making progress with the Gateway Center and the multi-site approach. According to the city, the Gateway Center at the Gibson Lovelace facility will provide 150-175 shelter beds plus 25-50 slots to help people “recover from acute illness and injury [with] a physically and emotionally safe place that will help connect people to housing [and] a compassionate solution to supporting those who are unhoused.”
SECOND: Mayor Tim Keller walked into a neighborhood buzz saw of opposition of his own making when he announced the purchase of the Gibson Medical Center for a Gateway Center without getting input from the surrounding neighborhoods. Hostility and protest erupted from the surrounding neighborhoods. It was reminiscent of what Gibson and O’Malley went through when they advocated the Tiny Homes development in the South East Heights where 120 square foot 30 “tiny home” structures were built. Upwards of 150 to 200 hostile residents showed up at public input forums to oppose the Tiny Homes Project. There is no doubt that the hostility created with the Lovelace Medical Center will be child’s play compared to the hostility that will be generated by a government sanction homeless encampment or tent city. No neighborhood will ever accept a large scale “tent city” for the homeless.
THIRD: The issues of who would manage a homeless tent encampment, who would provide security to deal with illicit drugs and violent crime and who would clean and maintain it all are very difficult questions not easily answered. Then there is the issue of liability and negligent maintenance by the city or county.
ANOTHER OPPORTUNISTIC PIECE OF WORK BY CITY COUNILOR PAT DAVIS
On May 13, it was reported that Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis is coming to the rescue of his constituents with a proposal to change the Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO). The IDO currently imposes no bed limits for shelters such as the GATE Way project.
The change would establish new restrictions for overnight shelter beds based on underlying zoning. It would set a cap of 30 beds in mixed-use zones, such as where the Gateway Center at the old Lovelace hospital is situated. The complex is located in Pat Davis’ City Council District.
The changes to the city ordinance which would create new limits on the overnight capacity at homeless shelters in Albuquerque. The highest limit anywhere in the city would be 100 overnight shelter beds in manufacturing zones and business parks. The city ordinance which would also create new limits on the overnight capacity at homeless shelters in Albuquerque. Davis wants to a set a cap of 30 beds in mixed-use zones, such as where the Gibson center is located.
According to Pat Davis, his proposed 30 bed cap would not stop the city from creating a multi-faceted services center with a shelter component. Davis claims his proposal is intended as a fail-safe to prevent the city from “warehousing” a large number of people there, or anywhere else.
As it stands now, the city must seek a “conditional use” approval for shelter services at the Lovelace-Gibson site, and Davis claims that it could get a larger bed allotment by demonstrating that it has an array of services beyond shelter beds. Davis had this to say:
“If they’re just going to operate [the Lovelace Medical complex] as a shelter, they’re stuck with these numbers [if the amendment is approved] If they want to do conditional use that would raise those numbers, they’d have to come up with a reason or justification to do that.”
The city’s Family and Community Services director Carol Pierce, , said she was surprised by Davis’ proposal. Pierce thinks that 30 beds is too low, not just for the city’s operations, but also for other service providers. She said there are larger shelters already operating successfully around Albuquerque. She said that Albuquerque is about 500 shelter beds short of meeting its need. According to Pierce:
“Homelessness doesn’t have a cap on it. … We’re trying to build this whole system of care to really address the needs in our community. … I would be very concerned if this were put into play.”
Davis said he intends to introduce his proposal as a floor amendment during the council’s vote on the annual IDO update, likely in June.
City Councilor Pat Davis has always been a real piece of work absorbed with own self-promotion and seeking higher office. Davis has been on the City Council for 6 years now, and Land Use Planning and Zoning issues have never been his forte nor interested him until now. When Mayor Keller ran into a buzz saw of opposition when he announced the purchase of the Gibson Medical Center for a Gateway Center, Pat Davis saw opportunity to please his constituents, try and stop the project, even though he has been aware the project for some time and never objected to it.
The Pat Davis amendment to the IDO should be rejected out right by the city council on a 1-8 NO vote.
Charitable organizations such as Joy Junction, St. Martins HopeWorks project, Steelbridge, The Rock at Noon Day and Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless provide services to the homeless, and do so by being where the homeless can be found and where the homeless can seek out, reach and have easy access to services.
All too often, we tend to forget our humanity, our political philosophy and our religious faith and beliefs of hope and charity, and condemn the homeless for what we think they represent or who we think they are. We condemn the homeless whenever they interfere with our lives at whatever level, such as pandering for money, begging for food, acting emotionally unstable, sleeping in doorways and defecating in public, and, yes, when we stand downwind from them and smell what living on the streets results in personal hygiene.
We all too easily forget the homeless are human beings who usually have lost all hope, all respect for themselves and are imprisoned for life in their own minds, condemned to fight their demons every hour, minute and second of their life until the very day they die. One thing that must never be forgotten is the homeless have human rights to live as they choose, how they or even where to sleep at night.
The homeless cannot be forced to do anything against their own free will or change their life unless they want to do it themselves. The homeless should not and cannot be arrested and housed like criminals nor animals. Many homeless do not want to be reintroduced into society, and many have committed no crimes and they want to simply be left alone.
The homeless who suffer from mental illness cannot be forced or be required to do anything for their own benefit without due process of law. Too often, the homeless are the victims of crimes, even being bludgeoned to death for fun as Albuquerque saw a few years ago when three teenagers killed two Native Americans sleeping in a vacant lot on a discarded mattress.
We as a city have a moral obligation to make every effort and make available to the homeless services they desperately need. However, providing areas for tent encampments would be a major mistake and will exasperate the very crisis we are attempting to solve.
The city continues to have a sharp increase in homelessness. Around 1,500 are homeless any night in the metro area. The city and the country for that reason are spending millions a year in addressing the homeless crisis. It is the actual services that are being provided to the homeless that are critical to solving the homeless crisis, not simply a safe place to sleep at night.
A homeless encampment will defeat all the progress already being made. Government sanctioned homeless encampments will only encourage those who seek such encampments to continue with their lifestyle living on the streets. Providing a place to pitch a tent and sleep at night is not the answer to the homeless crisis. The answers are the support services provided to deal with the homeless.
Following is the line item break down on contracts issued for support services provided to the city’s homeless:
EMERGENCY SHELTER CONTRACTS (Total $5,688,094.)
The approved F/Y 21 Family and Community Service Division budget contains a line item listing of 19 emergency shelter for the homeless contracts totaling $5,688,094.
Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless Motel vouchers for homeless persons: $6,180.
HopeWorks Motel Vouchers for Homeless: $50,000
Barrett Foundation Shelter for women/children: $30,256
WHEC Emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness: $2,400,753
WHEC Various vendors to operate WHEC: $1,257,998
S.A.F.E. House Domestic violence shelter: $234,000
HopeWorks Displaced tenant services: $40,000
Emergency Shelter Contracts: $75,200
Heading Home Emergency shelter for men experiencing Homelessness: $39,000
WHEC Various vendors to operate WHEC: $ 417,558
S.A.F.E. House Domestic violence shelter: $201,000
HopeWorks Day shelter services for people experiencing homelessness: $142,000
Good Shepherd Emergency Shelter Services: $63,000
Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless Motel Vouchers for Homeless: $95,391
Barrett Foundation Motel Vouchers for Homeless: $17,011
First Nations Community Health Source Motel Vouchers for Homeless: $56,684
Barrett Foundation Shelter for women/children: $44,690
AOC Emergency shelter for men experiencing Homelessness: $229,990
WHEC Emergency shelter for people experiencing Homelessness: $285,383
AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND COMMUNITY CONTRACTS (TOTAL $22,531,752)
The F/Y 21 Family and Community Service Division city budget contains line-item funding for Affordable Housing and Community Contracts, including 30 contracts to private and charitable organization to provide housing assistance for the homeless , adults and children, and including rental assistance allocations. Affordable housing programs provide approximately 9,500 assisted housing units with approximately 3,500 of those being households with extremely low incomes.
Those contracts include the following and amounts:
Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless for housing assistance for homeless persons: $740,018 Barrett Foundation Housing for assistance for homeless persons: $160,782
Catholic Charities Housing assistance for homeless persons: $ 309,374
Kids Housing assistance for homeless families: $217,004
House Housing assistance for victims of domestic violence: $408,593
Hope Works Housing assistance for homeless persons: $664,686
Barrett Foundation Housing assistance for homeless women: $25,000
Supportive Housing Coalition Permanent housing for chronically homeless: $1,715,350
Supportive Housing Coalition Permanent housing for homeless families: $100,000
Barrett Foundation Permanent housing for women w/children: $107,446
City of Albuquerque -Office of Civil Rights Fair Housing: :10,000
Legal Aid Landlord-Tenant hotline: $75,000
Supportive Housing Coalition Permanent housing for chronically homeless; Housing First model: $270,299
Supportive Housing Coalition Permanent housing for homeless families: $175,000
Barrett Foundation Housing assistance for homeless women: $25,000
Supportive Housing Coalition Permanent housing for chronically homeless; Housing First model: $1,715,350
Supportive Housing Coalition Permanent housing for homeless families: $100,000
Barrett Foundation Permanent housing for women w/children $107,446
Affordable Housing Development/Redevelopment – Rental/Homeownership $1,900,000
Affordable Housing Development/Homeownership Cibola Loop $2,500,000
Affordable Housing Development: $322,199
Albuquerque Housing Authority Tenant Based Rental Assistance: $836,330
Albuquerque Housing Authority Tenant Based Rental Assistance: $288,691
Enlace Communitario Tenant Based Rental Assistance: $414,550
Enlace Communitario Tenant Based Rental Assistance: $125,000
HopeWorks Tenant Based Rental Assistance: $374,656
HopeWorks Tenant Based Rental Assistance 116,000 HOME AH Greater Albuquerque Housing Partnership Operating: $ 48,111
Sawmill Community Land Trust CHDO Operating: $48,111
Affordable Housing Development/Redevelopment – Rental /Homeownership: $5,718,127
TBD Foreclosure Prevention: $50,000
Property Tax Education: $15,000
Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless Housing assistance for homeless persons: $740,018
Barrett Foundation Housing assistance for homeless persons: $160,782
Catholic Charities Housing assistance for homeless persons: $309,374
Kids Housing assistance for homeless families: $217,004 COC
House Housing assistance for victims of domestic violence $408,593
HopeWorks Housing assistance for homeless persons: $664,686
HopeWorks Housing assistance for homeless persons: $134,436 COC
Housing assistance for homeless persons: $446,163
HOMELESS SUPPORT SERVICES: (Total: $3,384,212.)
The approved F/Y 21 Family and Community Service Division budget contains a listing of 27 emergency shelter contracts totaling $3,384,212 for Homeless Support Services. Those contracts and amounts are as follows:
NM Coalition to End Homelessness: $108,654
NM Coalition to End Homelessness ( Coordination) : $15,000
Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless Dental Services for people experiencing homelessness: $229,760
Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless Dental Services for people experiencing homelessness: $67,400.
Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless Support services for persons experiencing homelessness or are precariously housed, behavioral health issues and history of incarceration (City/County Joint Jail Re-entry project): $125,000
Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless Art therapy for people experiencing homelessness: $38,760 HopeWorks Provide Housing, Case Management, and Counseling to Chronically Homeless and precariously housed persons with BH Diagnosis: $235,250
APS-Albuquerque Public Schools APS Title I Services for Children Experiencing Homelessness: $80,000 Barrett Foundation Supportive Services: $25,000
HopeWorks Supportive Services: $360,000
Kids Supportive Housing and Case Management: $80,500
Heading Home Supportive Services: $ 230,000
Heading Home Supportive Services for ABQ Heading Home: $195,000
Heading Home ABQ Heading Home Coordination: $110,000
Bernalillo County Transition coordinator and operations of City/County jail re-entry program: $79,310
NM Coalition to End Homelessness (Coordination): $31,100
NM Coalition to End Homelessness (Coordination) : $25,000
HopeWorks Meals for people experiencing or near homelessness: $58,440
HopeWorks Wells Park and Barelas cleanup: $60,000
Steelbridge There’s a better way van: $156,473
Supportive Housing Coalition Support services for persons experiencing homelessness or are precariously housed, behavioral health issues and history of incarceration (City/County Joint Jail Re-entry project): $298,000
Tender Love Community Center Job development women experiencing Homelessness and precariously housed situations: $45,560
New Mexico Veterans Integration Center Community Support Shuttle: $120,000
Crossroads for Women Transitional housing and supportive social services: $154,500
HopeWorks Provide Housing, Case Management, and Counseling to Chronically Homeless and precariously housed persons with BH Diagnosis: $244,750
NM Coalition to End Homelessness Coordinated Entry System: $155,000
NM Coalition to End Homelessness (Coordination) : $35,755
MENTAL HEALTH CONTRACTS ( TOTAL $4,329,452)
The approved F/Y 21 Family and Community Service Division budget contains a listing of approved MENTAL HEALTH CONTRACTS totaling $4,329,452. Those contracts and amounts are as follows:
2nd Judicial Court Assisted Outpatient Treatment Court Proceedings and Program: $ 223,729 HopeWorks Clinical Services for Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program: $351,689
UNM Institute for Social Research Program Evaluation for Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program: $154,704
Legal Representation – Andrea Gunderson, Reynaldo Montano, and TBD Legal representation for petitioner/respondents for Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program- multiple contracts not to exceed total: $120,000
Pro Tem Judge Court Proceedings for Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program: 34,580 Technical Assistance and Training for Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program: $25,000
Legal Representation -Andrea Gunderson, Reynaldo Montano, and TBD Legal representation for petitioner/respondents for Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program- multiple contracts not to exceed tota: 60,000
Angela Nichols Re-Integration Services: $ 20,000
Assertive Community Treatment database: $75,000
Casa Fortaleza Mental health services for survivors of sexual assault: $21,550
Heading Home Outreach services for homeless mentally ill: $360,000
HopeWorks Mobile Crisis Teams – clinical services: $280,000
NM Solutions Assertive Community Treatment: $83,400
HopeWorks Outreach services for people experiencing homelessness & mental illness: $70,000
Bernalillo County Community Health Council Public Health Imitative: $307,850
HopeWorks Assertive Community Treatment: $51,600
Casa Fortaleza Mental health services for survivors of sexual assault: $70,380
Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico Mental health services for survivors of sexual assault: $225,070
NM Solutions Assertive Community Treatment: $559,900
HopeWorks Assertive Community Treatment: $591,700
UNM- Health Sciences Center Assertive Community Treatment: $643,300
SUBSTANCE ABUSE CONTRACTS FOR COUNSELING (TOTAL $2,586,302)
The approved F/Y 21 Family and Community Service Division budget contains a listing of approved SUBSTANCE ABUSE CONTRACTS for counseling service in the amount of $2,586,302. Those contracts and amounts are as follows:
Cathy Imburgia Program Coordinator for DOJ Opioid Grant: $50,000 DOJ
UNM Health Sciences Center Provide peers in emergency department for DOJ Opioid Grant: $36,045
Institute for Social Research Determine effectiveness of Peer to Peer Project: $ 15,000
TBD Interepretation services: $15,000
Treatment provider network database 70,000 GF PT Sheryl Philips Treatment provider: Clinical review of behavioral health services $24,990
Treatment Provider Network Voucher based substance use treatment services including meth 63,127 Healing Addiction in Our Community Transitional living and treatment for opioid and other addictions $102,000
Healing Addiction in Our Community Transitional living and treatment for opioid and other addictions $100,000
YDI School based substance use treatment services: $190,030
Office for Community Health Intensive Case Management for persons experiencing Substance Use Disorder $607,500
First Nations Community Health Source Youth Substance Abuse initiative: $1,960
First Nations Community Health Source Youth Substance Abuse initiative: $98,800
Treatment Provider Network Voucher based substance use treatment services including meth: $1,019,350
Healing Addiction in Our Community Transitional living and treatment for opioid and other addictions: $50,000
Health Sciences Center Office for Community Health Intensive Case Management for persons experiencing Substance Use Disorder: $142,500