All however one of many lodging in Albuquerque are absolutely occupied

The last few nights have been unbearable for the residents of Coronado Park.

“It’s too cold out here, it’s ridiculous. People lit their blankets to keep warm.”

The freezing temperatures mean that many in the park light small fires or do whatever they can to stay warm. Creating some problems.

Kate was fine in the cold conditions.

“There were a few who burned down their tents. I have extra socks on. I have three pairs of pants on to make sure I don’t freeze to death. ”So what if you put them in a snowsuit? Something like that, ”said Kate.

But for many who don’t have extra clothes or a tent, they try to look for other places to go or the chance to die in the cold.

“It is vital that people find a safe place to stay. When the temperature drops, it becomes very dangerous for people to sleep outside, ”Lisa Huval told CABQ, Assistant Director of Housing and Homelessness.

That’s why Huval says with the city that workers are going to these places to convince the street dwellers to go to emergency shelters.

“Meeting people where they are, talking to them in their camps, making sure people are safe, and also providing information about resources,” said Huval.

At this time of year, however, most of the accommodations in the city are occupied or almost occupied.

“We see that more and more people are using the animal shelter.”

Because of this, they encourage them to go to the Westside Emergency Housing Center, where they have around 450 beds, compared to 100 in urban housing. It’s about 20 miles away, but buses can take those who need it there.

As for COVID precautions in the shelters, KOB 4 has been told that the city is still testing those who come in and if they are positive they can still safely isolate themselves in the shelters.

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