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Winter Emergency Beds to Open at Gibson Health Hub

50 temporary beds will help meet shelter needs now, Gateway to open in April

January 5, 2023

Last night, City Council approved the contract with Heading Home for operations of the Gateway shelter, an essential green light toward opening the doors to the program when construction concludes in April. Recent renovations at the Gibson Health Hub have also allowed the City of Albuquerque to stand up temporary overnight beds that Heading Home will operate this winter. These 50 beds will serve men and women currently sleeping in places not meant for human habitation.

“The approval of this contract puts us one step closer to opening the much-needed Gateway Center, said Family & Community Services Director Carol Pierce. “While the City and our partners prepare for full operations, and we are grateful that we can open emergency beds now to give folks without shelter a warm, safe place to go.”

The temporary shelter space will start accepting guests by referral on January 10, 2023, and will be open from 4:30p.m. to 7:30a.m. daily. Bathrooms, portable showers, personal storage, and dinner will be available to anyone who stays overnight.

“The benefit of owning a big building is having the flexibility to meet needs in the community” said Mayor Tim Keller. “Opening winter emergency beds while our other services are under construction is the right thing to do to help people in need.”

Albuquerque Community Safety and other street outreach partners such as First Nations, HopeWorks, and Street Connect will refer guests to this shelter option. Transportation will be provided between the Gibson Health Hub and two service providers location in town:

All Nations Wellness and Healing Center, 6416 Zuni Rd SE

  • Pick up at: 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • Drop off at: 8:30 a.m. 

Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless

  • Drop off at: 8:30 a.m.