Homeless camps in Bosque becoming more common

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The Bosque and ditches in the metro have recently become more and more littered with homeless camps. 

The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District is trying not only to dismantle them, but get those people the help they need.

Homelessness is nearly everywhere you look in Albuquerque. 

“We get a lot of calls about homelessness,” said State Rep. Javier Martinez.

From the middle of the city and interstate overpasses, to the Bosque and even arroyos. 

“This has been an ongoing issue, it’s something most people don’t really know about,” said Joaquin Baca, the board director for the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District. 

Baca says camps in ditches and the Bosque are a growing problem for several reasons. On Friday, a camp was cleaned up from a ditch in the North Valley. 

“These are places where people like to come out and jog, walk and so people need to feel safe while they’re here. 

They first learned about the camp through State Rep. Javier Martinez after some of the people he represents reached out with concerns. 

“They described a tent camp, they described bonfires,” said Rep. Martinez.

Martinez says the neighbors were worried about their safety.

“Children walk to and from school in this area so there was a lot of concern,” said Martinez. 

It’s also unsafe for the transients to seek shelter in these places. 

Now, the conservancy district is teaming up with the City of Albuquerque to make sure they get the help they need. 

“We want to be compassionate to the folks who are camping out here, and help them in any way we can,” said Baca. 

The hope is that the combined efforts promote a safer community while addressing a serious problem. 

The conservancy district says if you see a camp along Bosque trails or in ditches to give them a call at (505) 247-0234

For more information, click here. 

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