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This week, volunteers in Albuquerque are counting homeless individuals. Survey Week happens every two years and gives government officials and service providers a way to measure the issue in the city.

Pastor John Hill from the Albuquerque Rescue Mission shares his insights from nearly 10 years of working downtown with men, women and children who are homeless or struggling to make ends meet. We’ll also hear how nonprofits are working together to bring people from the streets into more stable housing.

NMiF producer Sarah Gustavus also spoke with Dennis R. Plummer (CEO – Heading Home), Jennifer Metzler (Executive Director – Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless) and John Ames (Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico)

Web Extra: Tent City


  1. Ruth Berg on January 31, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Though my husband and I listen to NM in Focus almost every Friday, one thing is very irritating – the percussive sounds between segments. Can you change that? I hope so.

    • Pete Callas on February 1, 2015 at 9:41 am

      The lady prior is disturbed by sound noises between features on your program,..I would like to personally thank her for her idiosyncratic complaint. First let me point out that almost all the homeless people in Albuquerque can’t see this show.,..and too bad you didn’t invite any for some stimulating comment with the panel,..because they,..are the experts.
      I just wanted to comment on one observation made near the end of the show,..that we have a homeless population, the likes of which that are ” NOT SEEN IN LIKE THIS IN OTHER CITIES”,..Yes,..our climate isn’t that of many cities
      during winter,..and if you come downtown on 4th street you can see dozens walking away from the shelter there,..and hovering around for their next meals and care,..If the city leaders had their way, they’d hide them from view,..or transport them to the mesa to the west side altogether,,,the other side of the jail someplace.
      Poverty isn’t pretty,..and as the politicians all scratch their heads
      trying to figure out a humane answer to the questions it creates,..the large church community looks to rise to the occasion to provide assistance.
      There are homeless in every city, in every state, created by many circumstances,..with a lot of talk,..AND people turning observations off in frustration, believing that they can’t be the solution to fix it. The government must take the lead, to provide programs to prove they are human based. Hopefully then, to lead to a system of organization from the private sector.

      Let’s hope PBS and New Mexico In Focus can lead to comment and suggestions
      and inspire the public to address this pressing issue,..past the idea of a forum of people who want to discuss their irritation of annoying sounds created to get their wavering attention spans back into the broadcast.

  2. Gayle Foster on February 16, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Madison, Wisconsin has been addressing homelessness through a program of building tiny houses. The web site is This is a very interesting & good-looking solution.