It’s been over three years since Albuquerque voters approved spending $14 million on the Gateway Center homeless shelter and services hub, and city officials say the core elements will finally debut later this year.
The city continues to pursue financial support for the project and will seek $20 million in state funding during this year’s legislative session to support a future second phase.
On Friday, the Gateway also received some private-sector help. Health insurer Western Sky Community Care made a $3 million donation to the effort via the city’s One Albuquerque Fund.
“Western Sky is pleased to join Centene Charitable Foundation in supporting our state. Gateway will close some existing gaps in available health and community resources,” Western Sky President and CEO Jean Wilms said in a statement.
The city has spent about $20 million on the Gateway so far, including $15 million to purchase the site and some renovation and operating costs.