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Mayor Keller visiting San Antonio to learn about homeless initiative

Kassi Nelson
July 09, 2018 10:29 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller will visit San Antonio, Texas Tuesday to learn about a program that is helping the city address homelessness.

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Once in San Antonio, Mayor Keller will meet with community leaders and visit the 22-acre homeless campus “Haven for Hope.”

The $100 million homeless center was built in 2010 and people who live there are offered dozens of resources to get back on their feet. According to officials, the center has helped more than 4,000 people get off the streets. They said what sets them apart is their effort to address the root cause of someone’s homelessness.

But when the shelter was in its infancy stage, some neighbors were afraid the shelter would bring crime. According to KSAT News in San Antonio, police responded to more than 1,800 calls in a two-year period at the shelter. Most of them were for non-emergency or minor calls, but hundreds were for disturbances with guns or knives, drug-related crimes, thefts, and assaults.

When asked if Keller wanted to build a shelter like that in Albuquerque, a member of his staff said Keller is just going to see what he can learn from initiatives.  He’ll also spend time looking at how their community leaders work with police officers to address homelessness.

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