Is it legal? Homeless woman sets up makeshift camper near Albuquerque brewery | KOB 4

Is it legal? Homeless woman sets up makeshift camper near Albuquerque brewery

Nathan O'Neal
August 24, 2018 10:12 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -  A feud has escalated between an Albuquerque brewery and a homeless woman who parked her makeshift camper steps outside of the business.


The camper has been parked outside of the Rio Bravo Brewing Co., located on 2nd and McKnight Ave., for nearly two weeks, according to Denise Baker who owns the brewery.

Baker said the overflow from the nearby homeless camp is driving customers away.

“It’s kind of scary to come down there sometimes because we’re approached by the homeless,” said Baker.

The tipping point for Baker was when a makeshift camper, equipped with solar panels, generators, and even a propane tank was parked curbside for at least 13 days.

Jessica Sims is the owner of the camper. She said she is homeless and has lived at Coronado Park with her two dogs for about a month.

“Do I need to be protesting? Not really, but I can,” said Sims. “I would like to see a little better treatment out here.”

However, Baker said both business owners and police have their hands tied.

While the traffic code in Albuquerque outlaws overnight parking in a business district, there is no rule that prohibits the makeshift camper from remaining parked where it is during regular business hours.

“There’s got to be an ordinance,” said Baker, who is hoping for some relief before she is forced to make some tough decisions regarding her business.

“Worst case scenario is that we close down and we move to Las Lunas or out of Bernallio where they have a little more control,” said Baker.

City officials said they plan to reach out to the owner of the camper to address the concerns. They also plan to see what kind of help or services they might provide her.


Nathan O'Neal

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