Plans are advancing for the construction of what is being called an emergency homeless shelter in Albuquerque, which would include space for families and provide both clinic and support services.
The project, as envisioned, would uniquely also include bike space and a dog run.
As proposed by Mayor Tim Keller construction of the shelter - expected to cost around $14 million to build - would be funded by a substantially larger $128 million general obligation bond, which it is hoped city voters will approve in November. The funding for the new shelter is folded into a specific section of the $128 general obligation bond asking for a total of just over $21.7 million for city senior, community, and homeless facility projects.
The shelter would provide temporary housing for up to 300 people and would also serve as a centralized 24-hour facility, providing counseling service.
According to city documents the new shelter, open to men, women, and families, would also house administrative offices, separate men and women’s quarters, and two courtyards.
The new shelter would be ultimately designed to replace an existing shelter located at 7440 Jim McDowell NW on the far west side of the city. Detractors have argued that because that shelter is nearly 20 miles away from downtown Albuquerque, it is too difficult to reach by those who need it.
Plans currently call for both site selection and design work for the new facility to begin sometime next year.
By Garry Boulard
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