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The City's Emergency Winter Shelter to Open Early

Winter shelter provides emergency shelter service to homeless individuals and families during the winter months

November 10, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE - The City of Albuquerque’s Department of Family and Community Services and the Albuquerque Rescue Mission will open the winter shelter early due to freezing temperatures expected within the next few days.  People experiencing homelessness may utilize the emergency winter shelter services.

The shelter which was scheduled to open on Sunday, Nov. 15, was moved up from its original date to Wednesday Nov. 11, to help prevent weather related injuries to Albuquerque’s homeless population.  This year the shelter will accept single men & women, families, and families with children under 18.  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.

“Weather forecasts indicate evening and early morning temperatures are expected to drop below freezing within the next few days,” said Mayor Berry, “For this reason, I have asked department staff and the Rescue Mission to open the facility a few days early”.

“Getting people out of the elements and into shelter is a priority,” said Douglas H. Chaplin, Director of Family & Community Services.  “This year I am pleased that families with children will be allowed to stay together in the shelter”.

The winter shelter is accepting donations of blankets, pillows, hygiene products, and winter clothing items, etc. Donations should be made to the Albuquerque Rescue Mission on behalf of the Winter Shelter.

The City of Albuquerque’s Department of Family & Community Services expects about 190 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 or dial 311.