Despite opposition, transitional housing proposal in Albuquerque clears hurdle | KOB 4

Despite opposition, transitional housing proposal in Albuquerque clears hurdle

Ryan Laughlin
Updated: June 11, 2020 05:45 PM
Created: June 11, 2020 04:06 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- A controversial housing project is moving forward on Albuquerque's West Side.

Neighbors of the Mesa View Methodist Church say they were not properly informed about a multi-family housing unit that is slated to be built.

The Environmental Planning Commission held a virtual meeting Thursday, and some neighbors voiced concerns about the transitional housing project, however, others offered support.

"We don't want anything that's going to kind of jeopardize our tranquility," Ken Bowie said. 

Commissioner Jonathan Hollinger said the concerns were heard.

"A majority of the opposition letters were focused on that nobody wanted a homeless shelter in their neighborhood," Hollinger said.

Hollinger points out that the proposal is not for run-of-the-mill homeless shelter. Each resident will go through a vetting a process, has to apply, needs to be sober, will live in their own apartment unit while attending schooling and receiving other life skills training for two years.

The Environmental Planning Commission unanimously approved the project. Now, the proposal will go before the city's Developmental Review Board.
 


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