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City Expands Resources for the Unhoused as Temperatures Drop

Albuquerque Community Safety providing emergency night transportation
December 17, 2023

Prolonged exposure to cold, wet weather is dangerous for people experiencing homelessness, and the City of Albuquerque has been preparing extra support for the unhoused as temperatures drop in the metro. The City has expanded its shelter capacity and is ready to provide a warm bed to anyone that needs it. In addition to offering shelter and services, the Albuquerque Community Safety (ACS) has created an overnight, emergency transportation hotline for people who need to get out of the cold and to shelters

“Everyone deserves a warm, safe place to rest, and we are offering a bed to anyone who needs it,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “ACS is stepping up to fill an important gap, making sure that we can drive folks to shelter when the nights are bitterly cold.”

On November 1, 2023, the Gateway Center opened 35 additional overnight beds, bringing shelter capacity at the Gateway up to 85 beds. The Westside Emergency Housing Center (WEHC) is open to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to both individuals and couples. Three meals are served daily and transportation is provided until 8 p.m. every day.

ACS recently launched their emergency, after hours transportation service. From 8 p.m. to 7 a.m., 7 days a week, people can call 505-549-0044 if they need emergency transportation to public or private shelters. As overnight temperatures are expected to be below freezing this weekend, ACS is ready to help move people inside and to safety.