ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It has been two months since the colors changed at many busy Albuquerque intersections – specifically on the signs at popular panhandling spots.
Where once there were blue placards, there now are orange versions. And while the hue and language may be different, the signs’ intention remains largely the same: reducing the number of people living on the streets.
The blue signs that then-Mayor Richard Berry’s administration installed in 2015 urged people to call the citizen contact center, 311, for assistance finding food and shelter or to make donations.
The effort raised about $30,000 in 3½ years, according data provided by United Way of Central New Mexico, which collected and distributed the funds to nonprofits.