...When Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller goes before the state Legislature seeking a $14 million state match to build a homeless shelter, he will be armed with additional ammunition from a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development report showing New Mexico had the nation's largest percentage increase in homelessness from 2018 to 2019.
...Lisa Huval, deputy director for Housing and Homelessness for the Albuquerque Family and Community Services Department, said the New Mexico numbers used by HUD were taken from the annual Point-in-Time Count conducted in Albuquerque and around the state last January, in both urban and rural areas, and counting both sheltered and unsheltered homeless people.
..."Chronic homelessness is defined by HUD as a person who has been homeless for one year, or has had four episodes of homelessness over three years with the combined episodes adding up to one year, and has a disabling condition that makes it difficult to obtain housing," Huval said.
...The New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness, which is contracted by the city to conduct the annual count, puts the number of homeless people in Albuquerque at 1,524 sheltered and unsheltered individuals - 206 more than were counted in 2017, when 1,318 homeless people were counted in the city limits.
...Albuquerque Public Schools spokeswoman Johanna King said about 3,000 children enrolled in APS are considered homeless at any given time over the course of a school year.
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