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Emergency Winter Shelter Wraps-up for 2015/2016 Season

March 16, 2016

Albuquerque, NM - Mayor Richard J. Berry, the Department of Family and Community Services (FCS) and the Albuquerque Rescue Mission announce the wrap-up of this season’s emergency winter shelter. The emergency winter shelter opened its doors on November 13, 2015 and ran until March 15, 2016 for a total of 124 days. During the course of the emergency winter shelter’s service an average of 232 individuals, including families with children, were provided with shelter each night.

In anticipation of the program’s end FCS provided outreach four days/nights a week through St. Martins with the intent of engaging clients with housing and mental health services. A total of $12,000 was invested to provide individuals with options when the 16th of March arrived.

"Helping those who are most medically vulnerable and are chronically homeless is one of my top priorities ,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry. “Through our Albuquerque Heading Home initiative, individuals have been permanently housed and provided with supportive services.”

Each year FCS provides more than $1.3 million of funding to six different shelters and $6.8 million in motel vouchers and permanent housing solutions through its partners and providers.

“It is 32% less expensive to house people than it is to leave them homeless,” said Doug Chaplin, Director of the Department of Family and Community Services. “Based on this statistic, it is the goal of the Department of Family and Community Services to address homelessness with permanent housing solutions.”

For more information on homeless services available in the City please visit or call 311, TTY 711.