Tent city set up near busy Albuquerque intersection | KOB 4

Tent city set up near busy Albuquerque intersection

Joy Wang
April 16, 2018 05:18 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Another tent city has popped up near First Street and Mountain Road, and it's not the first time homeless people have pitched a tent in that busy spot.


The tent city is right across the street from Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless and in front of a social services building. On Monday, a KOB news crew saw everything from tents to shopping carts, even a wagon. At times people would walk in and out of the buildings, never straying too far from the area.

Somebody who works in the area said that about once a week, the city will come by to clean up the tent city. But every single time the people leave, they always end up coming back.

The city says it's been getting complaints and there will be officers there Tuesday morning. There are also people from the Crisis Intervention Team heading to the area to make sure the homeless know of the services available to them.

The company working to sell the property said that they're working with the Safe City Strike Force to put up no trespassing signs in order to help the city and police enforce those no trespassing laws. If they're on private property and asked to leave but don't, they can be cited.

The city says they plan on working with the homeless to find housing, food and shelter instead of simply handing off a citation and leaving.


Joy Wang

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