When Mayor Tim Keller spent months earnestly explaining how Albuquerque needed to do more to address the rising tide of homelessness in the city, people listened.
That was in part because of the very public nature of the issue, especially to those who live and work near places like Coronado Park. But it was also in part because the mayor and his staff made a clear, logical and compelling argument as to why the resources currently available to homeless people were not getting the job done, and why the city-owned Westside Emergency Housing Center past the west edge of Petroglyph National Monument is not a long-term viable option due to its distance from the city center.
In the run-up to the November election – in which voters ultimately approved a bond package that included $14 million for a centralized homeless shelter – some people were nervous that we didn’t know where Keller’s new shelter would be.
But we always knew where the shelter would not be.