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Albuquerque homeless work program coming to an end this month

September 15, 2019


GAINED NATIONAL ATTENTION FOR A PROGRAM THAT SENT VANS TO PICK UP HOMELESS PEOPLE AND PUT THEM TO WORK. NOW THAT PROGRAM COULD BE COMING TO AN END.. NEWS 13 )S FRANCESCA WASHINGTON IS LIVE AT KIT CARSON PARK WITH THE REASON BEHIND THE CHANGE– FRANCESCA. HOMELESS WORKER WOULD GET DROPPED OFF AT PARKS LIKE THIS TO CLEAN THEM UP.. NOW AT THE END OF THE MONTH THOSE JOBS ARE GOING AWAY. A SOLUTION TO HOMELESSNESS… 1:33″ I got to put some money in my pocket and I helped to clean up the community, its a good feeling 1:39 BACK IN 20-15 THE CITY PARTNERED WITH ST MARTIN )S — A NON-PROFIT THAT HELPS THE HOMELESS — AND LAUNCHED THE BETTER WAY PROGRAM. A CONCEPT MAYOR RICHARD BERRY HOPED WOULD CURB PANHANDLING AND GIVE THE HOMELESS JOBS. 1:55 there was a gentleman with a sign that says will work so I came back to the office and told my staff we )re going to take these folks up on their offer instead of being punitive and giving someone a ticket for standing on the corner panhandling why don )t we give them a better opportunity 2:08 EACH DAY THEY PICK UP THE HOMELESS AND PAY THEM NINE DOLLARS AN HOUR FOR CLEANING UP THE CITY FOR THE DAY. “…Thomas Trusley/Homeless with today )s monies I )ll be able to get “…the shaving gear and the cologne (laughs (…” BUT WE )VE LEARNED THE PROGRAM IS COMING TO AN END AT THE END OF THE MONTH. THE MAYOR )S OFFICE SAYS SAINT MARTIN )S DECIDED IT NO LONGER WANTED TO OPERATE THE SERVICE. JUST TWO YEARS AGO THE CITY PUT AN ADDITIONAL 150- THOUSAND DOLLARS INTO THE PROGRAM SO THEY COULD ADD ANOTHER VAN EXPAND THEIR SERVICES. EARLIER THIS YEAR MAYOR KELLER GOT RID OF ONE PIECE OF BERRY )S BETTER WAY EFFORT, KELLER SAYS THOSE BLUE 311 SIGNS WEREN )T HELPING WITH THE HOMELESS PROBLEM. “And all of those little blue signs that you see all over that say call 311 when you see a homeless person, don )t any more KELLER )S NEW ORANGE ONES — ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO DONATE TO THE CITY )S HOMELESS HOUSING VOUCHER PROGRAM THE MAYOR )S OFFICE DID NOT WANT TO GO ON CAMERA FOR THIS STORY. IN A STATEMENT — THE CITY SAYS THEY )RE EVALUATING THE PROGRAM TO SEE HOW WELL IT WORKED — AND LOOKING AT OTHER OPTIONS TO HELP THE HOMELESS FIND JOBS. BACK TO YOU OKAY FRANCESCA OKAY FRANCESCA. SAINT MARTIN )S DID NOT WANT TO COMMENT FOR THIS STORY.

9 Comments

  • Reply Zack Hack September 12, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    Since when 🤣🤣🤣

  • Reply Ella South September 13, 2019 at 12:37 am

    America is totally different compared to England when it comes to the homeless. I’ve never seen soo many homeless people than in America is there no help at all for them? Everyone should be treated equally disgusting it is

  • Reply b1untrama September 13, 2019 at 2:42 am

    Why would they end this?

  • Reply Shannon Cleveland September 13, 2019 at 3:09 am

    Don't worry 505… My team and I WILL handle that program. I 💘 it. #YouAlreadyKnow

  • Reply Total Control 871 September 13, 2019 at 6:31 am

    00:30 "a solution to homelessness"….LMAO who the fuck in this story or any of the original stories obtained housing on part time work at $9 an hour??? Face it, it was just another greed non-profit that paid themselves middle-class salaries while doing nothing to actually end homelessness!

  • Reply Ninja k September 13, 2019 at 6:50 am

    So how are homeless suppose to get jobs if they dont have homes or documents? I think mayor berry plan with homeless worked. Kellar just wants them to keep bumming off citizens instead of working while keeping the city clean.

  • Reply Ray Coan September 13, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    The city and St. Martin's lied. Saying it'll end at the end of the month, it ended today. They let go of one driver a few weeks ago and today was the last day for the last driver.

  • Reply Lt. Colonel Kilgore September 14, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Good job Mayor Scumbag, now you can blow that money on crap.

  • Reply Patricia Riley September 14, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    The program ended but the homelessness issue hasn't… what a scam probably funded by the taxpayers who will continue to pay for a defunct program…

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