There’s been lots of conversation in the media lately regarding homelessness in Albuquerque and governmental initiatives to address it.  Below are some stories that will fill you in on this ongoing dialogue with municipal and state governments, service providers and the public at large. Click on the news article titles below to go to story.

Homeless shelter plan going to voters

“Albuquerque voters will now have a say in whether the city builds a centralized, 24/7 shelter – a big-ticket element in Mayor Tim Keller’s plan to address homelessness…”

NM In Focus: Fighting Homelessness (video)

“Homelessness is a persistent problem in New Mexico and officials in the state’s largest city and in Bernalillo County are rolling out new strategies to help people get off the streets… But will these proposals work, and how are they building on current programs? Beyond immediate needs, how will they help people get into permanent stable housing? In this segment we talk with officials from the city of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County as well as nonprofit service providers helping the homeless.”

Gov. Lujan Grisham signs criminal justice legislation

“Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a series of criminal justice bills into law Wednesday, allowing more New Mexicans to expunge records of past arrests or convictions, banning employers from asking about criminal history on an initial job application, and restricting the use of solitary confinement in prisons and jails around the state.”

Heading Home partner agency recognized for making Albuquerque a better place

“Making Albuquerque a better place – whether through compassion, legal assistance, philanthropy or good food – is the common thread among those who won this year’s Ethics in Business awards. … Getting health care to homeless people on the streets, in shelters, at meal sites and elsewhere is the main mission of Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, but it doesn’t stop there.”