Mayor Berry proposes cut to anti-gang program

Tent City4_7

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – The Albuquerque mayor has proposed removing nearly $150,000 of gang prevention funding from the city’s budget.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Mayor Richard Berry is suggesting that the money would instead be used for voucher programs that provide long-term housing for the homeless.

The move would drop funding for the anti-gang program from $1.4 million to $1.3 million.

The director of a gang intervention program says the cut will force her to lay off four people who work with youth.

A 17-year-old told city councilors last week that the program helped him turn his life around after he joined a gang and began using drugs.

But city officials say there is an increased demand for housing vouchers and mental health services as they break up homeless camps. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s