Business owners’ long-standing concerns about problems tied to Santa Fe’s low-barrier homeless shelter on Cerrillos Road are resurfacing, with complaints about damages and loss of clients, and a year-old lawsuit that now names the city as a defendant because it owns the property.

“The gloves are off,” said Julia Albright, the general manager of Z Pet Hotel & Spa, which sits right behind the Interfaith Shelter at Pete’s Place on the corner of Cerrillos and Harrison roads. “I am done being professional. I am done watching what I say, because nothing is happening.”

In an interview Monday, Albright painted a picture of deteriorating conditions along Harrison Road and in other neighborhoods surrounding the shelter: open drug use and drug dealing, vandalism, aggressive behavior by shelter clients and constant trespassing.

Business owners want to see the shelter moved to another part of the city, preferably along Airport Road, she said.

“This is not about the homeless,” Albright added. “This about the location, specifically.”

Acting shelter Director Beverly Kellam said she shares concerns about Harrison Road — and homelessness citywide. But, she said, homelessness and homeless encampments are not the fault of any agency.

“The authority of the shelter over individuals who are homeless ends at our gates,” she said. “We have no power or authority to move the people off of Harrison Road.”

The nonprofit Interfaith Community Shelter’s lease for the city-owned property, a former pet store, expired last year. Initially, the nonprofit operated on a month-to-month rental agreement, but the city later offered it a new four-year lease in October 2020. That same month, Z Pet Hotel & Spa owner Mark Edwards and 10 other business owners and residents filed a lawsuit against the nonprofit.

The complaint argues the plaintiffs have been “deprived of the quiet enjoyment of their property” by the operation of the shelter.

The suit was amended last month to include the city of Santa Fe as a defendant.

Edwards could not be reached for comment.

Albright said she believes the pet grooming and boarding facility has lost 40 percent of its business because of the effects of the shelter.

“We’re losing clients,” she said. “Clients that have been coming for years say, ‘I am not sure if we can keep coming back.’ ”

Other plaintiffs include Jo Young, who owns and operates the nearby Kelly Liquor Store, and Dawn Aley, who owns and operates the Silver Saddle Motel.

Representatives of the Interfaith Community Shelter did not respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit.

City spokesman Dave Herndon said the city has filed a motion to dismiss the complaint. The motion argues in part that case law has established the city is not liable for actions of third parties on the property or damage on private property caused by people who frequent the shelter.



Kellam said, however, the city has promised more lighting along Harrison Road and other mitigation efforts that have not come to fruition.

“We need help from our community partners, whether that be the city or other partners, to deal with the situation citywide,” she said.

Kyra Ochoa, director of the city’s Community Health and Safety Department, said in an email the agency recognizes the conditions on Harrison Road and looks “forward to working with the leadership team at Interfaith to improve them.”

“Interfaith is bringing on a new leader whom we plan to work closely with to monitor and address the needs on Harrison Street and the surrounding neighborhood,” the statement said.

Korina Lopez, executive director of Consuela’s Place, an emergency homeless shelter the city set up at its midtown campus to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, has been named the shelter’s latest executive director. Lopez will replace longtime Executive Director Joe Jordan-Berenis, who died in October.

The city also plans to add a new team to its Alternative Response Unit to assist people with behavioral health needs in the area, Ochoa said, and plans to increase security on Harrison Road.

Albright said the problems business owners and residents face have gone on for years, and outrage has been brewing.

Despite meetings on the issue with city officials, conditions at the shelter have gotten worse, she said.

Albright said police have been helpful — she has personally received police escorts from the business — but she believes officers’ hands are tied when it comes to making long-term change.

“They can move them on, but they come right back,” Albright said of shelter clients who cause problems.

Santa Fe police Deputy Chief Ben Valdez said the department has heard complaints from business owners and has installed mobile video trailers and increased patrols in the area in response to their concerns.

Deputy Chief Paul Joye said the department also holds debriefings in the area but is wary of overpolicing.

The city has no ordinance against loitering.

“It’s not a crime to be homeless,” Joye said. “We do want to make sure that the people who are in need of services get the services, but also they need to make sure they are respecting the people who live and work in that area while they get those services.”

Kellam said there seems to be a knee-jerk reaction in the community to criminalizing homelessness.

“What we need to do is find better ways to help people out of homelessness,” she said.

(71) comments

Emily Hartigan

These folks are permanently part of our community [the poor you will always have with you] so judging them will be of no help.

The vast bulk of us are so, so lucky to have resources.

Helping the very marginal should be the responsibility of the entire community. We can't just push them somewhere else.

Who can contribute the kind of seed money for a comprehensive, community-sensitive place like San Antonio's Haven for Hope? Ultra-rich, I'm talking to you.....

Mark Edwards

You are 100% on point.

Let's start at the end of your comment and move froward.

The shelter has had MILLIONS pass through there doors since there inception. They operate there shelter like a slot machine. Every homeless person is a commodity to them. The more they feed the more they make.

Without any over site or regulations they can do anything they want. The only one the controls them is the Mayor. He owns the property and controls the lease.

That $$$$$$ they made could of been reinvested a 1000 ways to cover the wide variety of help the homeless desperately need. That should of never of been there and they have exhausted their resources to effectively help the homeless.

I am sure that everybody in this community would bend over backwards to help anybody trying to help the homeless if that help wasn't negatively destroying businesses and residents lifestyles.

Thank you for your insight. You should of ran for Mayor. It's evident that you care whereas the Mayor, Not so much

Eric Smith

This just doesn't make any sense, the books are public record, the board is made up of a respected religious figures from the community, that they have a very large reserve currently is due to the donations that they received during the pandemic.

Mind you I'm immediately affected by Pete's place as I literally live on Harrison two buildings away from their gate. I am constantly calling the police, chasing people out of the driveway. The main problem I have is that most of the homeless or not looking for problems, it's the predators of the homeless (the drug dealers, and the Jon's looking for dates) are the ones who make my daily life much more difficult. I would like Pete's to move, I would like the city to create a permanent supported housing (housing first) for the people who are in need. I would like the policy of the city to not deny services to anyone, the people who need the most help are those who are having trouble with their sobriety, all the shelters including pets do not allow people who are not in sobriety, excepting for Pete's people who are drunk are allowed and if there is space after 9 o'clock.

Lloyd Dobber

I've worked with the homeless population extensively and I actually completely agree that a structure similar to Haven for Hope or the One Doorv Campus is the direction to head. Comprehensive services.

I think our community is pretty young as far as having to try and combat homelessness. And some of our solutions are exacerbating the issue imo.

Brianna Kahawai

The fact that this has gone on for years and only gotten worse just shows how much our city councilors care. As long as it's not in their back yard it's just another thing to be pushed aside so they can put more money in thier pockets.

Priyanka Jonas

A lot of finger pointers and NIMBYs. Instead of being part of the problem, try being a part of he solution. I won't frequent those businesses because of their attitudes not because of the homeless...

Emily Hartigan

If you're not just some smart-aleck posing with a name, you could seriously help this issue. But I sort of suspect your "refusal to shop" post is a fake.

Julia Albright

While rereading the article as well as the comments, I have become painfully aware of the constant shift of blame amongst the "powers that be" so to speak. It's not "our fault" referring to the criminal activity running rampant along Harrison and Cerrillos Roads. Mr. Herndon is claiming that the city is not responsible for third party criminal activity or damage on private property. Does that mean that anyone can trespass or vandalize someone's home without consequences? And Interfaith claims no responsibility for individuals' activity outside their gates. Then, why are their gates closed around 2:00 pm every day with an entire parking lot, picnic tables and other areas completely empty? So, Pete's Place isn't even utilizing all of their already woefully tiny space to accommodate these people. Someone please explain to me how any plans or programs to help the homeless community can be implemented at this location. At the end of the day it always comes back to space. There simply isn't the space here to accomplish anything long term and effective.

Belinda Young

Moving the homeless shelter to a safer space is a good start but not the only answer. The INTERFAITH COMMUNITY SHELTER or Peet's Place has been deteriorating for the last 10 years but this is the worst it has ever been. Harrison road is congested with the homeless, substance abuse, including the type of people who prey on the disenfranchised. This location is very unsafe for the homeless population as well as the businesses in the neighborhood. Is this the best Santa Fe can do?

Julia Albright

Apparently, this appears to be the best Santa Fe is willing to do. I'm pretty sure there have been viable solutions presented to him in his many, many meetings for a better location to achieve their goals to help the homeless but he shoots them down since he has the final say. And the only bottom line reason that I can come up with is that THEY JUST DONT' CARE.

Ramona Maes

I live off Airport Rd and I don’t any sort of shelter here. There are too many schools and homes with children in this area. We don’t need these druggies roaming our neighborhoods and looking for items to steal so that they can get high again. These shelters are nothing but a joke. They don’t help anyone get clean or on their feet. All they do is help them continue to mooch of the system and panhandle so they can continue to do drugs. What we need is for the city and law enforcement to man up and be firm about what’s going on here. That’s the inky way to clean up this town and prevent people from being harassed by these drug users.

Augustin de la Sierra

History shows that the "solution" will happen down the road: It will be a violent revolution by the middle and lower classes.

This is what happens when the gap between rich and poor becomes so large that the poor have just had it. Some of the poor become extremists (the Trumpsters for example). Others join riots like that in Kenosha, relatively aimless, like the three tragically shot by Kyle Rittenhouse.

Government fixes are short sighted. Today's fixes are not about bringing hope and the satisfaction of working -- for a decent wage -- to people's lives. That people turn to drugs instead makes sense.

Bring on the revolution. When the hungry and desperate are burning the businesses on Canyon Road, then the rich will wise up. Of course, this assumes the rich survive the mobs.

Richard Jacob

p.s. i know someone who slings meth and i asked him what percentage of Pete's skid-row does meth and he said maybe somewhere over half . starting action on this now is crucial .

Richard Jacob

What about the now-vacated Madza/Volvo dealership? . the Interfaith Shelter present location was always MUCH too small - it's a tight squeeze in there w/ the men-women sleeping areas, kitchen/dining room, offices, restrooms and cramped showering facilities, and filled-to-the-brim storage not to mention the too-tight parking . (i was on the demolition crew that helped tear out the inside a decade ago) . if by some chance the former Madza location/bldg. could be acquired it would be expensive . but yes it's 'IDEAL' . there the NIMBY would be mostly eliminated and it would be centrally located on the #2 bus-line and the property/building carries the potential vision to become something 'grand' and 'fully adequate to the max' (more or less a 'one-stop spot' for street-level social services' . the current clientele/crowd there is solidly acclimated to 'doing their thing' on-premise as things stand - especially along the street that i refer to as 'Pete's skid-row' . as many are aware it's become a 24/7 haven for a largely young-set of street-persons conducting drug-dealing, manifesting unsightliness and going about their unsavory activities such as 'shooting-up' in plain sight . (last summer i chatted with one of the top staff persons at Pete's and said i can't believe GMC has put up with it - she just responded by saying 'what can be done?') . so certainly a giant 're-boot' is in order . sure the Pete's Place saga has some inherent sadness for being a 'well-meaning' humanitarian project that the City dropped a Million Dollars on at its outset but if the funding and the real estate can be possibly had for a fully functional, expanded social service operation (a 'better vision') at the former Madza site let's begin some preliminary talk now .

Frederick Jones

Is the better place is at the Midtown campus. Or the old Tom young's health club on Saint Michael's drive. The old Tom young's health club is right next to a probation office. It's an old health club it has showers it has rooms it has racket ball courts plenty of space and plenty of storefront for the funding for everything that they can think of to get funding. You're just putting the people across the street for the busiest street in the city.

Gerald Joyce

There you go confusing people with facts and logic. Liberals only deal with ideas not potential consequences.

Mark Danchick

I've been homeless, I've also been an alcoholic. We all know there is no easy solution to overcome homelessness, drug abuse. I know that when you are in this situation you don't care and you want to be around people like yourself. I don't believe they will relocate to an isolated area. People want to be in a populated area because it is easier to blend in and there is more access to other homeless and more opportunities for crime. Everyone wants to be PC and help the homeless overcome their dilemma. Send them to rehab, cure their mental illnesses and give them a nice place to live. Sorry to say the majority of these people don't want your help. When you get accustomed to addiction and homelessness you are not motivated to change. It's much easier to just exist day to day. I am one of the fortunate few that didn't fall too far and got myself out of the hole. It took a long time and hard work.

Sorry to say that the only way to get things to change is to make life uncomfortable for them. Bright lights with generators that hum is what they use in NYC, shopping cart collection, empty police cars. enforcing trespassing on private property, no loitering laws. no panhandling, asking people to check in their backpacks when shopping, it's the little things that add up. It has to be a joint venture between Community, business private security, and law enforcement.

Gerald Joyce

Thank you for your thoughts and experience. God bless and continued success. Unfortunately the City will believe they know better than you and will prioritize the homeless and ignore their tax paying, socially productive merchants and residents.

Frederick Jones

What's a low barrier homeless shelter? Is that a facility that attracts everything outside of its boundaries, but takes ZERO responsibility for what they have brought to the area? Lindell should of shown up for the vote when they allowed it to fester 4 more years! She was a pre meditated no show, which allowed this failed experiment for 4 more years! The front page picture is a very accurate backdrop of what goes on daily (should of added a pic of the shoes hanging on the power lines). While the police can only minimally show up for mop up issues, it's minimal. Sometimes it looks more like a Defunding issue. It looks like Pete's place is waiting for the businesses behind it to leave so that they can get that interfaith master plan to build a bigger train wreck. This facility should of been moved years ago. THE CITY needs to figure out how to address addiction! Right now it looks they are limited on ideas on where to begin. Miguel Chavez said long ago this facility should of never been plopped here. What better way to get funding for the homeless/addicted by not really spending that funding entirely on the homeless and addicted. Keep voting for your same old politicians for the annual Santa Fe New Mexicans Pete's Place front page gripe fest!! Pete needs to come back to his his place and see what he has manifested!! It's a clown show, thanks for destroying this area!!

Mark Edwards

Well said MR. Jones.

After years of countless meetings with every part of every administration I can only come up with one conclusion. Weber doesn't care nor does Lindell what happens to the homeless on Harrison or the other residents and businesses on the south side. And as far as I can rationalize the existence of Interfaith they are only there to profit of the back of the less fortunate homeless population

Rachel Thompson

Totally reversing things, I wonder whether it would be possible to get people off the street by buying the car lot behind the shelter, walling it (except to make it accessible during the day), making it nicer, and using it to extend the pretty small space at the front of the building not dedicated to parking. I agree with those who say that moving it to the Southside isn't a real solution.

Frederick Jones

I think this facility has the intent to stay here. The goal is to buy the Car lot and Z pet for the interfaith master plan. It would be better moving this to the main campus. Harrison is too narrow a road for more transient traffic.

Monica Steidele

On January 8, 2021 I submitted this letter to the editor that was not printed:

"My letter is in response to reading the article “Santa Fe agencies use Housing First model to fight homelessness “appearing Sunday, December 20, 2020. One cannot help but notice the homeless people at the intersection of Cerrillos and Rodeo as well as other major intersections. They are always there, hopeful to receive money and/or food. Reading the December article I had no idea that there were so many people in Santa Fe in this situation. Of course this must be addressed. However, I was astonished to read that Housing First provides housing assistance but does not have a requirement that recipients not be alcoholics, drug addicts and/or be on their meds for mental illness. It would be reasonable to expect that in exchange for receiving shelter the recipient agrees to receiving help for these conditions. It is also reasonable that people living in the vicinity of these shelters have concerns about the inhabitants. Unless one has had direct contact with alcoholics, drug addicts and people not taking their meds while suffering from mental illness, fingers should not be pointed at the concerns regarding these conditions and possible threats when living in close proximity.

I have a suggestion. It’s been reported that the City is requesting $30 million from the State for various projects. Why not take some of that money and utilize the facilities at the race track south of town to provide assistance to the homeless? Last summer it was used for an outdoor movie event due to the pandemic. It appears that there is an existing infrastructure to provide shelter, electricity and water. Adapting the existing physical structure and/or erecting a tent city would be an economical way to provide food and shelter in a controlled, secure setting since entry and exit is through the main gate. For those who do not have their own transportation, a bus service could be set up for outside needs, such as employment, medical appointments and grocery shopping. Perhaps a counseling facility could be set up to address drug and alcohol addiction and those suffering from mental illness - maybe even a “job fair” for those who are unemployed. The area would be reasonably safe and secure for those who truly want to improve their circumstances, would be an economical solution to a serious problem that is only becoming worse and should be agreeable to those living in the area. Perhaps the murder in the hotel room rented by the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness, reported on January 5th, could have been avoided if the suggested scenario had been in place. Something for the City, County and State to consider."

Maybe now this suggestion should be seriously considered!

Julia Albright

I agree 100%! This location on Harrison and Cerrillos Roads is not conducive to creating the environmebnt you speak of. All of these things need to be put into place to address issues for the homeless community like education, medical, mental health, addiction and yes, job fairs. Someone explain to me how to acheive that at a location such as this? It's physically impossible for starters - there just isn't the room to accommodate the homeless community and their specific needs. That square peg will never fit into the round hole. THAT'S the issue - the location. Not necessarily the homeless community at all.

Eric Smith

Housing first is better describes as permanent supported housing, a model I strange support, I live on Harrison, a block away from Pete's place. The main reason why I am having to deal with the situation is that you have to be sober to gain a bed for the night at the shelter, the people seen outside are either not able to get a bed because the shelter is full or they cannot met the minimal qualifications to gain admittance.

This is what I put up with every day, and call the police every other day. If there was a place that would take everyone, house them permanently while supporting them with services, I believe that most of the long term homeless with mental and/or addition issues would do much better while making the street I live on much safer. Making people be sober in order to gain help is exactly what has caused this issue.

Rachel Thompson

My understanding is that Pete’s Plsce is the only shelter that does not require the client to be sober and clean and order to be given a bed, that they are “a shelter of last resort” and that’s why there’s so many deeply troubled people there.

David Brown

Yes

Frederick Jones

I think the race track is owned by Pojuaque Pueblo. I think it would be difficult to lure people to the very end of town.

Priyanka Jonas

Sounds like you'd be happier if they'd give the homeless one-way bus tickets to some other states...

Julia Albright

Thank you for everyone's comments and I appreciate all of you. Thank you for your comments regarding not wanting this on Airport Road. That shows me that you are aware of how despicable this is. I wouldn't recommend this to be in my worst enemy's backyard.

Through no fault of the majority of the homeless community, they have to live in reprehensible environment, like a sidewalk that's 3 1/2 feet wide on a busy two way street just off of one of the busiest thoroughfares in Santa Fe - Cerrillos Road.

It keeps being said that it's not a crime to be homeless which is true. It is the actions of some of the homeless people that are criminal. This is 100% the Mayor's responsibility. He is responsible for all activity on ALL of his city streets - not all except Harrison Rd. You can't make exceptions to his responsibilities. It's all or nothing.

Frederick Jones

The campus property has everything that a homeless/addiction facility can offer. They'll say it's dilapidated, and it needs all kinds of work but that's usually how they spend money nowadays They got to spend that money away furniture and carpeting ( lipstick on a pig effect). The city has a facility or buildings there that could be used with security, with an infirmary, with a workout facility with space for everything that would help these people or allow them to do what they want. The drug abuse is off the charts, needs more attention than the homeless issue. Petes Place is more of a money laundering facility for for homeless/addiction funding. It doesn't look like it makes it to the cause. Goes into those non profit executive salaries.

Mark Edwards

I would say it's time to expose those salaries. Let the fine people of S.F have the opportunity to see where there donations and fundraising $$$$$$ are being spent

Richard Eeds

The headline could or should have read "This Sh** Has To Stop!" This is a health problem that we can not continue to let happen. A massive failure by the city administration, two city councilors, state rep., state senator, legislative leaders and the state health dept.

From public health to public safety to bad business to mistreatment of the homeless, come on Santa Fe leaders - Get Off your Asses and start dealing with this.

Frederick Jones

You don't make a homeless shelter out of a pet shop. You don't make a homeless shelter out of a burnt down pet shop and sell it to the city and move off to California never to come back. Coss and Bushee backdoor deal!!

Lynn Hansz

This has been a very important and long-coming discussion. We used to stay in SF for 3 or 4 months each year. Now we have so many reasons to not visit Santa Fe or NM again. Residents and politicians need to discuss this very seriously and not silence alternate viewpoints...or censor what they don't want to hear...or want other people to bring up. Things keep getting worse...how does that validate existing policy decisions or mandates. I too agree that any mess should be located closer to the Politicians homes and businesses. They need to Feel the results of their inane policies.

Patrick Brockwell

Mid Town Campus has hundreds of old dorm rooms that don't share street space with any neighbors, but if they can't even cut the weeds on medians it seems unlikely our "leadership" will get a handle on this.

allie farnlof

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Khal Spencer

Seems to me this started with Ronald Reagan era's de-institutionalization. We de-institutionalized, but then left the bag empty for those needing help. Couple that with the high cost of housing (driven in part by income inequality), drug addiction, income inequality, etc, and you have the perfect storm.

Seems many out there are beyond help, but we don't have to keep recreating the conditions that lead to these outcomes. Rather than warehousing people farther and farther out away from other people and businesses, we might as well go back to institutions. At least we could have some control, maybe, over the situation.

Russell Scanlon

Yes, like many negative trends this one began when Reagan cut off federal funding for mental health. This is what 40 plus years of “hating the government” while you manipulate the tax code for benefit of the wealthiest gets you.

Russell Scanlon

This is a reality in almost every large city and no one wants, or deserves, to have this kind of problem in their neighborhood. As a nation, we have the resources to deal with this issue, but not the willpower. And we all know of good people and charities that are constructively working on the problem, but it is never enough. Unfortunately, even if the number of the homeless can be reduced, there will probably always be some number of poor souls that, due to mental and physical disabilities, are incapable of dealing with the world.

Mike Johnson

I say move it to the area around the Roundhouse, and let the politicians suffer.

Richard Reinders

I was thinking upper Canyon Rd.

Mike Johnson

[thumbup]That would work too, or near MLG's mansion.

Bobby Peru

I used to take my dog to Z Pet Hotel & Spa all the time. But I stopped because of people passed out in the street. And watching people shoot up on the sidewalk. My dog doesn't need to be exposed to such behavior.

Joseph Tafoya

If you want to get action on this moving it to Airport road is not the answer. The people that live in and around that area do not deserve it. The do-gooders need to threaten to move it to the north-south east quadrant of the city. Then you will see poop hit the fan. Or better, put it in the do-gooder's neighborhoods. Let them deal with it.

Dolores Gomez-Gomez

Exactly, bravo!!! Put them next to anyone that doesn't think it's a problem. Once they've cleaned up feces and needle around their house for a few weeks, they'll understand...

Julia Albright

It was never my intent to single out Airport Road as an option for a good location to move this to. It was sort of taken out of context. The reporter and I were "spitballing" on different locations more suitable to handle the homeless and their needs. Any place with the space necessary to be able to implement existing or proposed programs to help the more unfortunate. We also discussed some campus with dorms and outbuildings already in place. Obviously you too are proud of your neighborhood and don't want this type of nightmare in your backyard either. Thank you for your comment,

Emilia Martinez

Ms. Albright you don’t want them around your business, and that’s understandable,,,but why do you “prefer “ they move to Airport Rd.? Businesses and residents on and around Airport Rd. are mostly Latino businesses and residence, so we don’t deserve peace?

Let’s be honest nobody wants this in their neighborhood, not even the bleeding hearts.

Julia Albright

Everyone - every race or culture, everyone in this community deserves peace. Including and most importantly the homeless. They need to be in a safe and secure place where they can live and get the help promised them by the City of Santa Fe. It sure isn't happening at Pete's Place. It's just physically impossible. There isn't room at that location to effectively put any plans in place into action. Thank you for your comment.

Arthur Lynn

Isn't Stealing shopping carts a crime ?

Mark Ortiz

LMAO!!!!!! OMG this will keep me chuckling throughout the day. Shopping carts huh? Book'em Danno!

Paul Kersey

Shopping carts cost over $1000 each. The losses are passed on to the working folks of all stripes.

Mark Ortiz

Well maybe you can get the word out to the homeless and they'll stop. Those dern law breakers.

Emily Hartigan

It's incredibly difficult. At the least, more resources for these vulnerable people would help; it's unavoidable that they will be in someone's "back yard"-- which is why it's all of our problem.

B. Rosen

My home is here in Santa Fe, but my job requires me to live and work in other cities as well. This homeless problem is on the rise everywhere I go in our country. Just moving the shelters won’t solve the problem because the homeless folks are going to keep going where most of the tourists and businesses are to panhandle anyway. I feel for the business owners who are struggling to make a living already in a relatively small town like ours without having their clientele scared off. I also feel bad for the folks who are trapped in a cycle of addiction and homelessness. Our city cannot even provide affordable housing for folks with full-time jobs, let alone provide housing for all the homeless who currently live on our streets. It is going to require a very large investment in indigent care - drug rehab facilities and housing for things to get better, and I don’t really see the willingness to spend that kind of money in our local leadership.

Jeff clark

Exactly but it requires a huge national effort, not just local. When a locality builds a support network and housing for the homeless, then they are flooded with homeless from localities that do not offer support.

And its not just the business owners who are suffering, there is also a segment of the homeless population that are victimized by the more predatory amongst them.

MC Gurule

My first thought as I read this article is, why move them to Airport Road? Is it because this is where the locals are now residing? Does the south part of town not matter to the rest of you? We aren't scum! We want the same as you we just can't afford to live in $400,000 to $1,000,000 homes. When some of these individuals try to get help, they go through the detox process only to find that there isn't anywhere else to go because "beds" aren't available so they end up back on the streets. I heard, don't know how true this is, but some of the homeless population were bussed to various states from California. I am sick and tired of people wanting to send "their problems" down Airport road.

Cheryl Odom

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David Brown

Airport Road will put up a fight if ‘City Leaders” think we will take a bum palace.

Monica Steidele

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allie farnlof

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Lisa Burns

Im tired of everyone wanting to move all of their problems to the Southside or Airport Rd. The midtown campus would have room for everyone, with no adjacent businesses that share the street. And there would be room there for a mental health facility. Many mental health conditions can be treated if the patients are provided with the help.

christopher quintana

Better come up with a long term plan asap as it’s not going away or getting better by doing nothing. I have seen California’s current problem first hand (San Diego to San Fran). Bldg security moving people along, out of doorways as once they’re on a high; impossible to move. Bldg management power washing sidewalks almost daily and one always looks were you step or you’ll get a shoe in feces. Tent cities blocking sidewalks. We better figure this out now.

Scott Miller

Let’s move the shelter to the edge of town and get the mentally ill, alcoholics, and drug addicts off the Plaza and Cerrillos Rd. Regular people do not want them around because they are sometimes unpredictable, threatening, and violent. Of course this is not everyone, so spare me the false outrage. We can be compassionate and sensible at the same time.

Emilia Martinez

Mr Miller….So off the plaza and Cerrillos Rd. because they are sometimes dangerous , unpredictable, threatening and violent.

Regular people don’t want them…….are those who live on the edge of town not regular people? They/we do deserve unpredictable, threatening, violent? Are we not regular people?

David Brown

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Jeff clark

I think "regular people" means wealthy and white to him.

I live on the east side and am rarely confronted with the homeless problem except for the panhandlers on the corner of Gonzales and Peralta when I go to the grocery store.

allie farnlof

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David Brown

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Thom Wilson

.......omg people, are we getting ready for some "populist leader" to bring up "The Final Solution" again? Let's be careful / thoughtful.

David Brown

Your paranoia it oft treated with lithium…please get help.

Welcome to the discussion.

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