Work could launch on a long-desired housing facility especially designed for and serving residents with behavioral health issues sometime this coming fall.
The joint project by the group HopeWorks will see the construction of a $5 million facility that will be funded by both the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County and will go up at the site of the St. Martin’s HopeWorks complex in the 1200 block of 3rd Street NW.
Officials who have been promoting the project say it will go a long way not just in providing a targeted clientele with needed 24-hour services, but also in getting those same people off the streets.
The three-story, 42-unit complex will include one-bed spaces, with the larger complex housing a central front lobby, management office, social services provider’s office, and maintenance room.
The City of Albuquerque is committing $2 million to the building of the complex, on top of another $3 million in Bernalillo County funding.
Formerly known as St. Martin’s Hospitality Center, HopeWorks is the largest provider of services and shelter for those experiencing homelessness in Albuquerque.
Founded in 1985, the organization provides food, shelter, and a variety of services to an estimated 10,000 people yearly.
By Garry Boulard
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