The need for comprehensive services for the homeless:
According to the National Coalition to End Homelessness, over 11,000 individuals and families will experience homelessness in Albuquerque in any given year.
HUD reports that between shelters, emergency rooms, and jails, it costs on average approximately $40,000 per year for a person experiencing homelessness to remain on the streets.
The City of Albuquerque states that there are only 830 shelter beds available for the homeless year-round.
Almost one-third of the Albuquerque homeless suffer from mental illness, as well as a substance use problem, and are often not engaged in services.
Higher unemployment than the national average, high costs for housing, and only marginal growth in wages and personal income will ensure that more and more impoverished individuals and families will be unable to afford quality housing.