ALBUQUERQUE, N.M — The One Albuquerque Fund Board of Directors unanimously approved $21,000 in funding to support “warming centers” for Albuquerque’s unhoused population.
This winter, the City of Albuquerque will be providing these “warming centers” throughout the city. Select community centers will be open 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and provide a place for citizens to warm up, be served soup and coffee, as well as receive donated blankets, jackets, socks, gloves, and hats to those who need them. The funding from One Albuquerque Fund will go directly towards the purchase of blankets and warm clothing to be distributed at these warming centers.
“When we endorse this idea of helping our ‘neighbor’ this time of year, let us remember that some of our neighbors are also the unhoused and in need of warm clothes,” said One Albuquerque Fund Chairman, Hakim Bellamy. “The One ABQ Fund is thrilled to partner with the City of Albuquerque to offer assistance to neighbors of all kinds as we converge upon the end of this calendar year.”
CABQ Department of Family and Community Services and Albuquerque Community Safety will be operating the centers. These centers will be open throughout the winter on days when the temperature and windchill are below average or extreme.
“The generous donation from the One ABQ Fund has made it possible for our unhoused neighbors to receive much needed items to stay warm during the coldest winter days and prevent unnecessary exposure to the elements,” said Elizabeth Holguin, Deputy Director of Homeless Solutions and Clinical Advisor.
Additional funding is needed to provide adequate supplies. If you would like to join the One Albuquerque Fund in supporting the City’s warming centers, donations can be made at https://one-albuquerque-fund.snwbll.com/warming- stations-for-the-unhoused-community.
About the One Albuquerque Fund
The OneABQ Fund, existing as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation, supports five crucial missions aligned with many of the City of Albuquerque’s priorities: workforce support and training, youth opportunity and programs, public service support and recruitment, black community investment, and housing and homelessness. Learn more at https://www.onealbuquerque.org/.