Rep. Melanie Stansbury Introduces Bill to Address Albuquerque’s Homeless Crisis. Courtesy photo
SANTA FE – Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-Albuquerque) held a press conference with community organizations, advocates and officials from the City of Albuquerque to announce the introduction of House Bill 657—an Affordable Housing Study bill—which would support the development an evidence-based framework for addressing homelessness in Albuquerque and across the state.
With strong bi-partisan support, HB 657 is co-sponsored by 23 legislators, including most of the Representatives from the Albuquerque area.
“Our city is facing a homeless crisis that requires a coordinated response,” Rep. Melanie Stansbury said. “This is an issue that is deeply personal to me, having grown up in a community where many families are living on the edge. People in our community are experiencing homelessness both as a result of personal as well as larger structural issues—including economic conditions and a lack of affordable housing. This bill will enable us to understand how to address key structural issues contributing to homelessness.”
“When our community members do not have a safe, permanent, and affordable place to live, their health outcomes are impacted, and the safety and well-being of our community suffers. I am proud to stand with Rep. Stansbury to advocate for this important legislation,” said Policy Director Rachel Smith of Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless.
According to Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless at least 5,000 (and as many as 16,000) people in Bernalillo County will experience homelessness during the year.
The bill is scheduled to be heard in two committees, the House Local Government, Land Grants, and Cultural Affairs Committee and the House Appropriations and Finance Committee.