Homelessness in Bernalillo County is a complicated, serious and intractable issue.
Improving how we address homelessness will require collaboration by community and government partners, embracing best practices and service-delivery models that have proven to work at reasonable scale, and a commitment to closing critical gaps in how we serve people experiencing homelessness.
At the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, our extensive engagement in this issue leads us to believe our community faces two predominant problems in how we address homelessness.
First, we have very limited around-the-clock sheltering services. Numerous organizations provide services to people experiencing homelessness, but day-and-night sheltering is severely lacking. Consequently, people experiencing homelessness have little other option than to wander through our streets during the day and sleep wherever they can.