A formal agreement between the city and the county will provide extra county funding for the year-round operation of the city-owned Westside Emergency Housing Center.
During a Thursday news conference at the Westside facility, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and Bernalillo County Manager Julie Morgas Baca signed a memorandum of understanding in which the county committed $300,000 toward operating expenses.
The emergency shelter, open for four months during the winter, would normally close about March 15. The Albuquerque City Council allocated money to keep it open year-round, and the county’s funding will provide shelter residents with clinical mental health services and help pay for some meals and additional transportation services between the shelter and the primary pick-up and drop-off location at Coronado Park.
“This is another piece in our plan, working together with all of our partners … to deal with homelessness in central New Mexico,” Keller said at the news conference.