Survey shows homeless population increase in Albuquerque

New Mexico
Homeless

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A count of Albuquerque’s homeless population conducted on a single night earlier this year shows an increase of at least 200 people.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Monday that the Point-In-Time survey counted 1,524 sheltered and unsheltered homeless people in the city on Jan. 28, up from the 1,318 counted in 2017.

City Housing and Homelessness Deputy Director Lisa Huval says the survey is a “snapshot taken on one night,” and it’s likely an undercount.

She says part of the increase could be attributed to surveyors getting better at finding and counting unsheltered homeless people.

She says the survey uses a federal definition of homelessness, so people staying in motels that they pay for or those living with family or friends are not counted.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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