ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The city of Albuquerque started the eviction process Monday of “Tent City.” Officials handed out letters to the row of homeless campers set up near First Street and Iron in downtown Albuquerque.
The letters give the campers three days to clear out or face eviction. By Thursday, the city says anyone who’s still there will be given court papers for an eviction hearing in Metro Court. It’s unclear how long any court fight would take.
The city says it wants the homeless group gone because of safety and crime concerns and neighbor complaints.
Before this, volunteers and city officials have been taking the time to speak with many of the people living there in an effort to get them the help and resources they need. They’ve gotten advocates to hand out hotel vouchers, bus passes and hygiene kits for the last couple weeks hoping to get people to go somewhere else.
Albuquerque Police Department has also set up one of their mobile cameras at the tent city site.
Once it’s clear, the city wants to spruce up the pathway to better link the Railyards and Downtown.