Bern Co. proposes housing plan for homeless veterans
December 13, 2018 03:31 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – From serving our country to sleeping on the streets, homeless veterans across the nation are facing huge problems.Bernalillo County officials are proposing a solution for the homeless vets in Albuquerque.
According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are more than 40,000 homeless veterans on any given day including hundreds in New Mexico.
In the coming weeks, Bernalillo County Commissioners will discuss plans to build a single-site housing complex for former service members struggling with mental illness.
“Not only is this a vulnerable population but their families are vulnerable too so we are fortunate that the commission has looked at this project and said ‘we not only want to help veterans but we want to stabilize their families as well,’” said Bernalillo County’s Director of Behavioral Health Services, Katrina Hotrum-Lopez.
If approved, the county would spend $8 million to build the facility and $1 million a year to keep it up and running.
"So instead of having scattered sites and them being all over town and having to take the bus and get transportation to services, the services are provided at the facility,” said Bernalillo County Manager Julie Morgas Baca.
"So it basically gives people a chance to integrate into society,” she said.
The proposal will go before the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Governing Commission and the Bernalillo County Commission for approval.
The money for the project would come from funds generated by a previously approved tax where money is earmarked for behavioral health initiatives.
County leaders said the apartment-like complex would have 40-60 units. Additionally, the county will receive 30 housing vouchers from the federal government to help offset the cost.
Updated: December 13, 2018 03:31 AM
Created: December 12, 2018 09:31 PM
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