A village of tiny homes for folks experiencing homelessness in Bernalillo County has officially nailed down a location.
The Albuquerque Indian Center has agreed to a 30-year lease with the county. The village of tiny homes will sit off the homeless resource center’s Central Avenue and Texas Street location, in the southeast part of town.
Voters have approved $2.7 million for the village. Bernadette Miera is the village project manager.
“There’s lots of tiny homes throughout the country that are pushed out to the industrial areas,” Miera said. “What makes this important is that this is really in a residential neighborhood.”
Locating the village in Albuquerque could make it easier for residents to find work and have access to things like public transit.
The center has allotted just over an acre for the small community. There will be 30 tiny homes and a common space that will have bathrooms and a kitchen.
More than 40 locations were considered. At times people in those neighborhoods pushed back hard, arguing that having folks experiencing homlessness nearby would cause problems for them.
Miera said neighbors of the new village have been supportive so far. The project is scheduled for completion next summer.
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