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V.20 No.40 | 10/6/2011
Solar tubes on the roof of Downtown @ 700-2nd Street. They heat water for the complex, which offers apartments on a sliding scale of $0 to $500 monthly.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com
Solar tubes on the roof of Downtown @ 700-2nd Street. They heat water for the complex, which offers apartments on a sliding scale of $0 to $500 monthly.

news

Eco-friendly living for the working class

We got curious about one of the bonds on the ballot. (No, not No. 12, which handcuffs millions for the Paseo interchange to millions for a sportsplex.)

We were interested in “No. 10: Affordable Housing” that kicks $10 million to workforce housing, homes for working families and inexpensive rental properties for senior citizens.

Read Carolyn Carlson’s report on the developments that come out of this money.

V.20 No.39 | 9/29/2011
One of 12 housing developments around the city that houses people on a fixed income.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Fair Housing

Home and Garden

City cash creates eco-friendly living for the working class

The Downtown @ 700-2nd complex is one of 12 paid for, in part, by the city’s Workforce Housing Trust Fund. They expand the housing choices for the city’s working class and those with disabilities.
V.20 No.26 | 6/30/2011
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Feature

Lost and Found

The children of Cuidando los Niños

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V.19 No.48 | 12/2/2010
Lisa Huval, policy and advocacy director for the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness
Sergio Salvador salvadorphoto.com

News Feature

The Cost of Living

The affordable housing crisis in New Mexico

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V.19 No.35 | 9/2/2010

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Give survival-kit backpacks to homeless APS students

Paige Brown of Rudy’s Bar-B-Q organized a grassroots supplies drive last year that gave 100 backpacks full of gear to homeless teenagers attending Albuquerque Public Schools.

She writes:

“As I watched a news program one evening documenting a story about efforts aimed at trying to keep homeless kids in school, I was incredibly moved at what it must take to remain committed to school when your basic needs are not being met. For many kids, school becomes their only anchor in life, and as many of us know, the anchors that keep us feeling secure and able to pursue our dreams are something that many of us are blessed with.”

No doubt it’s hard to stay in high school when you’re sleeping in a shelter or in a car or on the street. In 2007, there were a little more than 3,000 homeless children enrolled in an APS school. In 2009, there were about 5,000, according to the APS Title I Homeless Project.

This year, Brown wants to up the ante. She’s looking for 250 Teen Survivor Backpacks. They will be collected at a reception on the Rudy’s patio (2321 Carlisle NE) between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Here’s what we should bring:

APS High School Supply List

1 sturdy backpack

12 pencils (#2)

6 pocket folders (with brads and pockets)

2 pink eraser

1 box colored pencils

4 college spiral notebooks

1 binder

4 packages lined paper (college)

2 glue sticks

1 zipper bag or school box

2 red pens

2 highlighter markers

4 ball pens (black or blue)

1 calculator

1 zip drive (2 to 4 GB)

1 ruler

1 protractor

1 compass

Other supplies a homeless high school student can use:

Snack pack, granola bars, etc.

Shampoo and conditioner

Towels

Toothbrush and toothpaste

Hand sanitizer

A blanket

Socks

Monthly (city) bus passes

Gift card for food, clothing, shoes

ACT study guide/practice book

A popular high school-level fiction, biography, or dictionary (including bi-lingual)

Anything else the donor sees fit, a surprise that can bring cheers, motivation and encouragement to the student is very welcome.

V.18 No.51 | 12/17/2009
A march to end homelessness charged through Downtown along Fourth Street today. One participant told me it was organized by Health Care for the Homeless and St. Martin’s Hospitality Center, among other providers.
Marisa Demarco
A march to end homelessness charged through Downtown along Fourth Street today. One participant told me it was organized by Health Care for the Homeless and St. Martin’s Hospitality Center, among other providers.

Help the Homeless

I got a phone call yesterday from Marcy Allen, a reader responding to intern Graeme Prentice-Mott’s article on the old Westside jail used as a shelter during the winter. Allen was struck by the article and wanted to get involved. She’s been speaking with Pastor John Hill at the Albuquerque Rescue Mission about how to help the homeless.

The march actually went on for blocks. There was probably a good 150-200 people there.
Marisa Demarco
The march actually went on for blocks. There was probably a good 150-200 people there.

The New Life Program is part of the Rescue Mission. It feeds the public daily breakfast and dinner. And it also houses about 30 men with the goal of helping them back into the job market, says Pat Birmingham, assistant director of programs. “Our ministry serves destitute homeless, people with nowhere else to turn,” he says.

There were only two drummers, but the sound bounced between buildings and grew large and loud.
Marisa Demarco
There were only two drummers, but the sound bounced between buildings and grew large and loud.

The program is looking for basics, like socks, underwear, toothpaste and shaving cream. “That’s just basic taking care of our fellow citizen stuff,” says Allen.

If you’d like to donate, bring such items down to the shelter at 525 Second Street SW. They accept donations Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There are plenty of homeless providers who need donations of goods, money or time. Feel free to add as a comment to this blog a wish list along with drop-off hours and locations.

V.18 No.49 | 12/3/2009
The men’s sleeping area at the old Westside jail, used as a homeless shelter during the winter months.
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Newscity

Sleeping in the Old Jail

Is Albuquerque’s winter haven for the homeless up to code?

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