Please join us for an Albuquerque Gateway Center Community ForumAugust 30, 2021 from 5:30 -7pm during our regular weekly meeting
In person at O’Niells Pub, 4310 Central SE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Or on ZOOM,
Meeting ID: 879 426 908/Password: 566527
Given rising health concerns and your safety, please come to the meeting only if you are fully vaccinated. Masks are also required.
The public is invited to attend this 90-minute panel event to learn more about the planned Gateway Center in Albuquerque. The objective is to create an environment for an open and honest dialogue as to the city’s plans and community needs for this innovative Center.
In November 2019, a broad majority of voters approved $14 million in General Obligation Bond funding to build a new homeless center. With this funding, the City of Albuquerque acquired the Gibson Medical Center, which already served as a health hub with existing tenants providing medical services. The Gateway Center looks to add additional health resources for the community as well as centrally located shelter beds accompanied by access and connection to people with treatments they need and housing. The Center will accomplish this by integrating clients into an existing system of services and therefore be a “gateway” to needed assistance. The Center will be open 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for referral services. There are also plans to address walk-in needs.
The event will be organized as an in- panel discussion guided by the Indivisible Albuquerque (IA) President, Rayellen Smith. The discussion will be interactive with a panelist given approximately three minutes to address a topic, then other panelists given two to three minutes to comment. The audience can also ask/give clarifying questions and comments. However, all will be conducted in a conciliatory manner and any disruptions addressed by our Parliamentarian Officer. Questions may be submitted in advance to indivisiblenobhill!gmail.com. Topics to be discussed include:
- Organizational Structure
- Intake Process
- Shelter Design
- Engagement Center
- Bed Capacity
- Opening plans
Panelists will be:
Ms. Carol Pierce, Director of Family and Social Services, City of ABQ
Ms. Tamaya Toulouse or Ms. Rachel Conger Baca, Siesta Hills Neighborhood Assoc.
Ms. Melinda Frame, Parkland Hills Neighborhood Association
Mr. Ryan Kious, Elder Homestead Neighborhood Association
Ms. Myra Segal, Policy Advisor to the Mayor’s office
Ms. Shanna Schultz, City Council Senior Planner
The evening’s agenda is planned as follows:
5:30 – 5:45 Panel introductions and comments
6:00 – 5:45 6:50: Guided discussion on key topics
6:50 – 7:00: Final comments