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Winter shelter in Albuquerque closes after 4-month season

Winter shelter in Albuquerque closes after 4-month season Photo: photo from mysteelbridge.org

The Associated Press and KOB.com Web Staff
March 20, 2017 11:51 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque officials say an emergency winter shelter for the chronically homeless has closed after being open nightly for four months.

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Mayor Richard Berry's office says the Steelbridge shelter (formerly the Albuquerque Rescue Mission) had a daily average attendance of 255 people, an increase of about 10 percent.

Berry said in a statement Monday the winter shelter is an important part of the city's plan to help homeless people, along with motel vouchers and connections to jobs.

Berry said in  the statement that according to A Status Report on Hunger and Homelessness in America’s Cities, released in December 2016, Albuquerque saw a decrease of overall people experiencing homelessness by 40% since 2009 and a decrease in unsheltered homelessness by 80%.

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