The City’s Emergency Winter Shelter to Open Early Due to Deteriorating Weather
Albuquerque, NM— The City of Albuquerque’s Department of Family and Community Services and the Albuquerque Rescue Mission will open the winter shelter early due to deteriorating weather expected within the next few days. People experiencing homelessness may utilize the emergency winter shelter services.
The shelter which was scheduled to open on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, was moved up from its original date to Thursday Nov. 13, to help prevent weather related injuries to Albuquerque’s homeless population. People needing shelter can go to the Albuquerque Rescue Mission located at 525 2nd Street SW by 8:00 p.m. nightly. The Rescue Mission also operates a nightly emergency shelter van that travels along Central Avenue from 8:00 p.m. to midnight.
“Recent weather forecasts indicate temperatures are expected to drop within the next few days,” said Doug Chaplin, Director of the Department of Family & Community Services. “For this reason, I have asked department staff and the Rescue Mission to open the facility early”.
“Cold weather temperatures can pose significant risk to people who may be out in the elements,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry. “It is our commitment and priority to the community to provide the emergency winter shelter services to our citizens experiencing homelessness”.
The City of Albuquerque’s Department of Family & Community Services expects about 180 people will utilize the shelter nightly for the next four months. An average of 13 people nightly utilize the emergency shelter van that has various pick up points along Central Avenue. For pick up locations and more information visit www.cabq.gov/family or dial 311.