The last few nights have been unbearable for those living at Coronado Park.
“It’s so cold out here, it’s ridiculous. People put blankets on the fire to keep warm.”
The freezing temperatures lead to many small fires breaking out at the park or doing whatever they can to keep warm. Is creating some problems.
As for Kate, she’s okay in the cold.
“There was a couple who burned their tent. I brought extra socks. I have three pairs of pants to make sure I don’t freeze.” You know what it’s like to walk a two-year-old? like this when you put them in snow suits? Something like that,” Kate said.
But for many people without extra clothes or a tent, they are trying to find other places to go or face the possibility of death from the cold.
“It’s extremely important that people find a safe place to spend the night. When the temperature drops, it’s very dangerous for people to sleep outside,” said Lisa Huval CABQ, deputy director of the Department of Housing and Homelessness. housing said.
That’s why Huval with the city says workers are going to these spots to convince people living on the streets to go to shelters.
“Meet people where they are, talk to them where they are stationed, make sure everyone is safe and also provide information on resources,” says Huval.
However, this is the time of year when most shelters in town are at or near full capacity.
“We’re starting to see more and more people using bunkers.”
That’s why they encourage them to go to the Westside Emergency Housing Center, where they have about 450 beds available compared to 100 at city shelters. It’s about 20 miles away, but buses can take those in need there.
As for COVID prevention measures at shelters, KOB 4 was told the city is still testing people entering and if they are positive they can still safely isolate at shelters.
https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/albuquerque-shelters-are-filled-to-capacity-except-one/6348354/?cat=500 Shelters in Albuquerque have been filled, except for one