In the words of one Sawmill District renter,
“each year it’s been between fifty and seventy bucks maybe.”
“Me and a lot of people, young people, are not able to find stable housing. It’s not affordable,”
said People’s Housing Project organizer Anna Lee Desaulniers. According to the author,
“Even working full-time, if you look at what New Mexicans are making, and then you look at prices on the market it just doesn’t match up.”
Officials in Bernalillo County and the City of Albuquerque have acknowledged that tenants’ experiences are all too common. They made a fresh commitment to solving the housing crisis by banding together. The associate chief of staff for Policy in the Albuquerque Mayor’s Office, Eric Griego Montoya, stated that
“It’s not just a city issue it’s a county issue, and we’re trying to consolidate our resources, our expertise, our sources of funding at the local state and federal level to try to get to meet this demand for housing,”
To meet the demand for housing.
The proposed resolution would establish the Middle Rio Grande Housing Collaborative as a joint housing authority. To kickstart the partnership, the city, and county would each contribute $500,000 in the hopes of attracting further state financing for low-income housing.
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“The real chase we’re under is we’re trying to get $50 million from the state to actually be able to capitalize this new entity, so they can build some part of that 30,000 unit gap that we have,”
“We think it shows that we’re serious to the governor and the Legislature about cooperating, collaborating, and working closely together to get housing done.”
And they really mean it when they claim it’s cheap for people of all economic brackets.
“We’re not just talking about housing vouchers for folks who are unhoused. They’re an important part of this, and we all see them, but it’s also for people who are in poverty: working poor folks, families, students, seniors, people who are on fixed incomes,”
said Griego Montoya.
“They need affordable housing, meaning they’re not spending a majority of their income on housing.”
At their meeting on Monday night, city council members introduced the resolution, and on Tuesday, February 7th, county commissioners will do the same.
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