A conservative approach to homelessness

Like anyone who lives in or visits the Albuquerque area, it is clear that homelessness is a serious problem. At a recent conference attended by the Rio Grande Foundation, we were able to hear experts from the Austin-based Cicero Institute discuss the situation.

The group offers basic solutions:

1) Ban street camping.

2) Instituting pay-for-performance contracts for those paid by the government to provide services to homeless.

3) Reform mental health admission criteria to allow for 72 hour holds;

4) Provide affordable shelter and service alternatives.

The organization has put out a short documentary on the issue here:

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