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Mayor Chairs First Meeting of Homeless Coordinating Council

City, County, UNM partnering to address homelessness

Aug. 4, 2020

Today, Mayor Tim Keller convened the first Homeless Coordinating Council meeting with the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, and the University of New Mexico (UNM). The Council is a first of its kind for Albuquerque and will create a comprehensive, solutions-oriented framework for addressing homelessness in Albuquerque.

This morning’s Zoom meeting was attended by all members of the Council. Today’s meeting focused on developing workgroups to expand and strengthen specific components of the homeless crisis response system, including Gateway Center, street outreach, permanent housing and youth services.

“We are addressing homelessness as one team,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “Together with UNM and Bernalillo County, our work will help solve a long-standing problem for neighborhoods and local businesses and makes sure we’re helping the most vulnerable in our community get off the streets and into permanent housing.”

The Homeless Coordinating Council membership includes:

  • Mayor Tim Keller, Chair
  • County Commissioner Charlene Pyskoty, Bernalillo County, Vice Chair
  • City Council President Pat Davis, City of Albuquerque
  • City Councilor Isaac Benton, City of Albuquerque
  • County Manager Julie Morgas Baca, Bernalillo County
  • County Commissioner Debbie O’Malley, Bernalillo County
  • President Garnett S. Stokes, The University of New Mexico
  • Dr. Michael Richards, The University of New Mexico