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2022 Session - Ep. 3, Housing and the Unhoused

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A hand-written sign in the bedroom window of an apartment reads "7 DAYS to HOME-LESS".
Derrick Coetzee (dcoetzee)
A hand-written sign in the bedroom window of an apartment reads "7 DAYS to HOME-LESS".

On Episode 3, we talk about housing issues in front of the legislature this session. From helping people who are unhoused to addressing the lack of affordable homes in New Mexico, we have a serious problem without an easy or quick solution. There are some lawmakers who are trying to help though. We’ll discuss some of the bills that have been filed so far with reporter Alice Fordham. She’s new with KUNM, but has a lot of experience reporting around the world and on challenging topics. And she’s gung-ho on covering the challenges of helping New Mexico’s unhoused people.

And we’re glad you’re with us, too. Reach out by email at YNMG@kunm.org if you’d like to pitch a topic for an upcoming show or get our attention on other legislative news. And make sure you’re up do date by following #YNMG. Finally, as always, we want to thank our media partner New Mexico PBS and the Thornburg Foundation for funding this project.

Make sure you listen all the way through today. After the chat with Alice we’ll do a quick catch-up on some of the more impactful legislation that’s moved or stalled this week.

Legislation discussed in this episode:
HB65 - Housing Modernization Changes
SB19- New Mexico Housing Trust Fund
HM9 - Housing & Economic Development Taskforce

This public service is part of our Your New Mexico Government project, a collaboration between KUNM radio and New Mexico PBS. Support for public media provided by the Thornburg Foundation.

Kaveh Mowahed is a reporter with KUNM who follows government, public health and housing. Send story ideas to kaveh@kunm.org.