Hope Village in Albuquerque goals to finish homelessness in a brand new manner

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – A new housing development attempting to combat homelessness is taking a fresh approach to the problem. While other housing options require residents to be exempt from any drug or alcohol use, the new Hope Village project believes that housing first is the solution to end homelessness completely.

“We believe that housing is a fundamental right and that you cannot work on any other subject until you are housed. Once you are housed, it is such a stabilizing factor that you can start addressing some of these other things and challenges in your life, ”said Annam Manthiram, CEO of Hopeworks.

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Hope Village is being built through a partnership between entities including the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County and Hopeworks, who have helped develop the state’s first permanent residential building in a single location with access to 24-hour care offers. Residents do not undergo drug or alcohol tests, which is different from other homeless places in the city that require you to be clean before you can stay there. Officials hope the new approach will give them the help they need to get off the streets.

“Especially for homeless people they need comprehensive psychological and behavior-related services around the clock, and this project not only stands for housing, but also for the care they need around the clock when they have to stay healthy and housed”, said Manthiram.

A total of 42 residents are expected to move into the facility on northwest Third Street before the end of the month.

“Albuquerque needs at least five or six more of these types of units, so we hope that this will be the model and that other agencies in the city, county and state can work together to build more,” added Manthiram .

Officials say the ultimate goal is for residents to get clean, healthy and eventually find a job. If so, they can use their income to pay part of their rent, but this is not required. The length of stay of the residents in the facility is unlimited in time. The only requirements are that they are homeless and have a documented mental or behavioral health problem.

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