Discussion in Las Cruces on how to respond to the problem of homelessness

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Published: 2022-01-28
Discussion in Las Cruces on how to respond to the problem of homelessness

LAS CRUCES – The City Council of Las Cruces has begun the discussion to address the problem of homeless people and solve it as soon as possible.

At the City Council meeting held on January 24, the Council discussed the issue with the participation of specialized organizations and associations that presented trends, challenges and existing resources to address the problem.

During the meeting, several recommendations were presented to alleviate or put an end to the situation, including expanding the availability and accessibility of housing; extending the Community of Hope campus and services; and increasing the benefits of the city’s ‘Mano y Mano’ program.

In addition, it was recommended that support be provided through the America’s House Proclamation and the signing of a letter of commitment; incentives for landlords through bonds and a risk mitigation fund were also requested.

It was also requested to establish evaluations of the Metropolitan Redevelopment Area and an incentive program; to review the city’s land occupation policy; to increase pressure on the State and Federation for mental health and substance use treatment.

Also urged were seeking additional state and federal resources; expanding support and staffing for city departments that regularly deal with homelessness, such as police and fire, as well as strengthening codes in the locality for housing, parks, recreation, and quality of life.

An estimated 15,000 to 20,000 New Mexicans experience homelessness in the state each year. The New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness estimates that approximately 6,548 people experience homelessness each year but do not get adequate assistance to help their circumstances.

Source: MEXICONOW Staff