Most street people you see around Albuquerque aren’t homeless per se. Per the Albuquerque Police Department, the majority have a lifestyle and community that simply likes living on the street.
There are lots of resources for those who want to change their lives, but most street people don’t want that. The city, county, nongovernmental organizations – i.e., Heading Home and many others – and the Veterans Administration all have active outreach programs for street people, yet they still choose the street life.
Generally, they support themselves by receiving government disability payments, welfare, food stamps and handouts at street corners. Arguably, this doesn’t apply to all street people, but according to Heading Home, the average homeless period for their clients is less than 96 hours – that leaves a lot of people not interested in making a change.
So what’s the problem?