Albuquerque Project Targets Homeless Crisis

By Anca Gagiuc and

Scheduled for completion by fall 2017, the 52-unit expansion sponsored by the Joy Junction ministry will increase capacity at the largest facility of its kind in New Mexico.

New Mexico’s largest shelter for homeless people is expanding. Joy Junction, a church ministry founded in 1986 at 4500 2nd St. in Albuquerque, is increasing its footprint, announcing that on May 15 it broke ground on a 52-unit community in southwest Albuquerque. The development is anticipated to be finalized by fall 2017.

The project’s 52 units will each have 250 square feet of living space and a personal bathroom. According to Jeremy Reynalds, Joy Junction CEO & founder, tenants at the community will be accepted on a need basis and instead of the permanent setup, the community will adopt a circulation of residents strategy. He thinks this will somewhat address Albuquerque’s growing homeless concerns, while providing some stability for people looking to bounce back.

According to Albuquerque Business Journal, the expansion project will cost approximately $2.2 million and will be developed by Albuquerque-based companies, including Sun State Mechanical Inc., Aldermill Inc., JA Vargas Construction and Guzman Construction Solution Inc.

Images and video courtesy of Joy Junction

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