Local organization hopes Albuquerque will change the way homeless camps are run

On Tuesday, Aycock said the park was finally cleaned up.

“This is success. Do we get help from someone? It starts with us,” she said.

She started an organization called “Women Taking Back Our Neighborhoods,” an effort to demand change for the homeless situation which she says has spiraled out of control.

“If we find someone who really needs homeless services, right now, in a very important way, we support them, we find services for them, we even pay out of pocket,” Aycock said. “Our problem is, we want to clean up the addiction problem.”

But their relentless appeals to the city have worked, to some extent. The homeless camp has moved – just across the street.

“We have a process for managing camps on public property that includes communicating with people, providing information about services, including shelter, so they know they have other options,” said Lisa Huval, deputy director of housing and homelessness with the city’s Department of Family and Community Services.

For example, overnight shelters and trying to put them in touch with non-profit organizations that can help them.

“All I have listed are things we are doing right now. So we are offering street assistance services right now, helping people get off the streets. We are funding $ 12 million in supportive housing programs that will house approximately 1,000 individuals and families this year. So I think we’re doing it right now, ”Huval said.

Huval said that when they got a call about an encampment, they would respond and give individuals 72 hours to vacate the property. If city officials return and items are still there, they take steps to remove them – considering those abandoned items.

“I saw a man in a wheelchair trying very quickly to cross the street at the crosswalk,” said Daniel Porter, a concerned citizen. “Obviously cars were coming towards him and everything. He managed to cross the street.

Porter has completely different concerns about the city’s handling of the homeless population and believes there must be another way.

He sent KOB 4 a picture of a garbage truck throwing somebody’s shopping cart full of stuff.

“I understand the impact this crisis has on neighborhoods and on the city as a whole. You know, I think there is no clear solution. But as a Christian my faith teaches me to stand up for the poor and take care of the poor and I don’t think throwing away people’s possessions, if that was what was happening, is the right solution, ”said Carry.

KOB 4 voiced its concerns to Huval – who thinks there could be more to the story. She said the crews follow a strict policy.

“If the residents of the camp are present when the camp team is real if it is a dangerous situation, people have the option to collect their belongings and leave the site,” she said. . “We never throw away people’s personal items when they’re around. Like, that doesn’t happen.

City officials have said your best bet is to call 311, if you want help or want to report an encampment. They have city employees who work full time to respond to the encampments on the public domain.

But they prioritize those calls. Anything that could harm these people or the community would be put on this list.

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