A homeless camp (click here) called Tent City along First Street near Iron Avenue downtown has become a big headache for people who live in the area.
Mayor Richard Berry said he's gotten a lot of calls from folks who want it gone. He said they tell him it impacts their quality of life as well as the quality of the neighborhood.
The mayor said he wants to get social workers there to help anyone who wants to find a new place to stay. The mayor also said he's working to root out the criminal element in Tent City.
APD records show officers have been called to that area more than 100 times since October. Officials said they're concerned about reports of drug use, prostitution, and what they call a militant-type group -- a handful of people taking advantage of the innocent homeless people there.
"If you have a population of individuals that have substance abuse issues, or alcohol abuse issues, or drug abuse issues, they're vulnerable and they can be preyed upon," said Berry....
Albuquerque needs to find a way to make room for their homeless without violence and confrontation. If there is crime occurring in Tent City, the police need to respond there no different than any other neighborhood in the city. Ultimately, these people need a place out of the weather in a place with walls and windows.
Send the Social Workers with a police officer so they are taken seriously and not in danger if there is criminality in the community.
Everyone so inclined enjoy the football game. Until tomorrow.