Preventing Family Homelessness

Thursday, September 27  at  7 p.m. on Ch.  5.1

Families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in New Mexico. The state is struggling to emerge from the recession that began four years ago with the financial meltdown and housing crisis. That is having a direct impact on its youngest citizens.

More than 16,000 children in New Mexico are homeless over the course of a year. They suffer from hunger and poor physical and emotional health. The stress and trauma of being homeless can significantly hurt their ability to learn and often has long-lasting impacts.

In this month’s Public Square, we talk with parents who have experienced homelessness, as well as shelter providers and advocates. And we’ll explore steps we can take to make sure more families can find secure housing.

Community leaders include Tim Keller and John Ryan, New Mexico State Senators, and Robin Dozier Otten, director of City of Albuquerque’s Family and Community Services Department.

Join us for Public Square where civic dialogue takes center stage Thursday September 27  at 7 pm. on New Mexico PBS 5.1 and Sunday, October 1, at 5:00 pm New Mexico PBS 9.1.

Quotes from Public Square participants:

“If we spend these dollars on programs we know work, we can end homelessness for people in our community.”
Lisa Huval
Policy Director, New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness

“We have nurses, we have teachers who are homeless. The face of homelessness hasn’t really changed. I think it’s just revealing itself in a more clear way.”
Michael Gaylor
Executive Director, Barrett Foundation

“I wake up every day and say ‘Did I really have five kids? Really? What was I thinking’”
Stephanie Paz
Former homeless mother

“Most of us are probably three to four months from homelessness.”
Diana Dorn-Jones
Executive Director, United South Broadway

Funding for PUBLIC SQUARE was provided in part by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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