ALERT: Albuquerque Mayor plans mega-shelter to clean up downtown

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Mon, 28 Sep 1998 14:20:17 -0400


Does Albuquerque Food Not Bombs chapter plan to respond to this
not-so-subtle form of forced relocation? -- Tom Boland in Boston

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        MAYOR PLANS TO HOUSE HOMELESS IN ONE LARGE SHELTER


ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico- Albuquerque Mayor Jim Baca has issued a proposal
to clean up the downtown area by consolidating homeless services into one
large facility. Some homeless organizations are not happy with the idea,
however.

Jeremy Reynolds runs the 2nd Street homeless shelter, Joy Junction. He said
pushing people with different needs and problems into one group is
demoralizing and could create a ghetto.

After hearing the mayor's proposal, Reynolds said, "I was flabbergasted,
the whole thing would be a disaster."

According to Downtown Action Team President Pat Bryan, the committee
reviewing the Mayor's plan wants to be sensitive and make improvements at
the same time.

Reynolds, however, says most homeless people do not create community
problems. He also believes the project would be expensive to operate.

According to Bryan, there is a similar program in Portland, Oregon that has
been successful.

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