Mayor Tim Keller gets ideas to address homelessness in Albuquerque
July 13, 2018 06:49 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Mayor Tim Keller has some new ideas about how to tackle homelessness in Albuquerque, following a visit to Texas.
Keller went to San Antonio to meet with city leaders and to visit a massive homeless campus called Haven for Hope that has helped thousands of people get off the streets.
"It's a fascinating operation,” said Keller. “There are many things that work, many things that don't."
The $100 million, 22-acre homeless campus was built in 2010. It’s helped more than 4,000 people leave a life of homelessness.
"They centralized all of the services in one campus for a range of needs, whether it's just housing or job training, all the way to behavioral health," said Keller.
But Keller also says there are some things about Haven for Hope that weren't so appealing, mainly the cost to run it.
Hundreds of cities across the country have looked at Haven for Hope as a model for how to address homelessness.
KOB asked Keller if he would you consider something like Haven for Hope in Albuquerque.
“You know, their model, not really,” said Keller. “It's just too unique to San Antonio and we need something unique to Albuquerque."
However, Keller says there are some things San Antonio is doing with Haven for Hope that he thinks would work well in Albuquerque.
"All their homeless providers are integrated with their police department and that's actually a take away that we're going to start working on,” said Keller. “But all of this takes a lot of planning, a lot of time, a lot of funds, and it also takes an attitude that says ‘We're going to have to address homelessness not to just say that we hope it'll go away.’"
Keller says he wants to visit other cities for more ideas before proposing a plan to the city council and the community.
Created: July 13, 2018 06:49 PM
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