Residents not happy with potential locations for tiny home village

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Some people have proposed a tiny solution to a big problem in Albuquerque.

“We have a very big, big issue,” said Debbie O’Malley.  

To help combat the problem, Bernalillo County Commissioner Debbie O’Malley has been diligently working on a tiny home village. 

“We’re putting people in homes so they’re not homeless anymore,” she said.  

Newly released renderings show what it could look like, and the county also announced six possible locations for the village. However, it’s not sitting well with some residents. 

“The concept, it’s a good concept, I’m not sure if it’s right for Albuquerque,” said Kristi Adams.  

Adams lives in Four Hills, not far from one of the proposed sites for the village along Central Avenue. 

Thursday night, she was among hundreds who showed up to the first public input meeting. 

“Four of the locations are up in this area and this is probably as far away from the services and resources that they the homeless people can get,” she said.  

Adams said, among other things, there are concerns about crime. 

“How are they gonna be vetted? How is security gonna be upheld? How are these villages gonna be maintained?” said Adams.  

O’Malley said tiny home villages in other cities around the country have been successful, and actually cut down on crime. 

“The calls for service in the area drop significantly. One of the biggest fans for this project is the chief of police,” said O’Malley.  

She hopes with more information, people will be open to the idea.

“That’s also a challenge because we’re talking about a new product and people aren’t very familiar with it,” she said. 

For people like Adams, however, she wonders if this will really tackle the issues. 

“They’re refusing food and jobs that people have offered them, I have offered them, then how’s this gonna help really solve the problem?” said Adams. 

There will be two more public meetings. For more information on those and plans for the site, you can visit this website.

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