Office Of An Ad Hoc Homeless Tent City

2373 WordsMar 16, 201510 Pages
Background In December of 2014 the Albuquerque downtown experienced the establishment of an ad hoc homeless tent city of approximately 80 homeless living in 36 tents located at First and Iron SW. Over the course of two months city social services along with community agencies attempted to address the needs of the tent city residents. By February 4, 2015 the tent city had been reduced to 14 tents. On February 9, city government ordered eviction notices to the tent city residents. Following the February 9 eviction order, significant public criticism of the city’s handling of the homeless tent city was voiced at the February 18, and March 2 Albuquerque city council meetings. During the February 18 city council meeting, homeless advocates suggested Albuquerque adopted a homeless tent city approach similar to Las Cruces. Las Cruces has established a permanent government sanctioned tent city named Hope Village. (Albuquerque City Council Meeting Video) District 2 Councilor Issac Benton toured a second tent city that had been established following the disbandment of the orginal tent city. Councilor Benton stated the following: “At the Las Cruces Hope Village, a non-profit organization oversees structured self-governing transitional camp on city property with adjoining social services, and not within a single-family residential neighborhood. Under a defined program, I could support such a temporary facility, but in my opinion, the City cannot and should not operate or govern it”

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