Community Gets First Look at City of Albuquerque Support Annex

City hosts virtual tour of newly renovated building and introduces programs housed there.

ALBUQUERQUE – The community got their first look at the City of Albuquerque Support Annex today during a virtual open house. Nearly 100 individuals participated in the virtual event, which guided participants through the new facility, highlighting the programs and services that will be housed there.

“From the Gateway Center Network of Services to the Westside Emergency Housing Center, we are building a community-wide system of care for those who need it,” stated Mayor Tim Keller. “Under one roof, we’re bringing together the right people to coordinate services that will reach more people and make a bigger difference.”

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The Department of Family and Community Services (FCS) purchased the Support Annex, located at 2040 Fourth Street NW, this past August. FCS paid $550,000 for the 5,996 square-foot, two-story building that sits on a half-acre of land and includes a separate 500 square-foot storage building.

The building presents an opportunity to bring city workers together who were previously located in a variety of locations; a community partner resulting in a unified approach when helping individuals. It provides staff member office space for those who provide services in the area and citywide.

The Support Annex will be home to the following organizations:

  • The Public Outreach Program (A program of Family and Community Services)
  • APD’s Violence Intervention Program
  • Albuquerque City Security
  • Centro Savila

The City has been working on opportunities to contribute further to the system of care that exists in the community.  This building presents an opportunity to be in close proximity to partners and for City teams and contractors to work together—resulting in a unified approach to help those in most need

The convenient location allows for efficient deployment of staff and services to the downtown area, and is also located close to Coronado Park, the city’s Parks and Recreation building, and many community partners providing public services.

Staff co-located in the new space can coordinate work to increase safety downtown, address needs related to homelessness, improve management of Coronado Park, and build continued partnerships with community providers.