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Las Cruces City Council Discusses Homelessness, County Jail

LAS CRUCES — City councilors will meet in Las Cruces on January 24 for a discussion on homelessness, followed by a presentation on conditions at the county jail.

These items will be discussed during a working session immediately following a meeting of the Downtown Las Cruces District Board for Tax Increase Development.

According to a press release, Monday’s discussion comes in response to “the growing number of people affected by homelessness locally and across the United States.”

According to the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness, between 15,000 and 20,000 New Mexicans become homeless each year, and approximately 6,548 people are homeless annually but do not have the resources or receive enough assistance to emerge from homelessness.

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The press release goes on to say that city staff and partners will provide the council with the overarching policy solutions to homelessness, existing local resources and recommendations on how the council can reduce homelessness in the city.

In addition, the Council will hear a presentation on prisoner care from Bryan Baker, Director of Doña Ana County Detention Center.

Baker will discuss the operations of the detention center, the role of the detention center leadership and staff, accommodation and capacity, services provided, the prison environment and the availability of medical and mental health care.

The City Council will also hear an update on the second phase of Realize Las Cruces, a two-year project to update the city’s development codes.

The working session will begin immediately after the TIDD Board meeting on Monday at 1pm, during which the Board will be briefed on TIDD’s financial status and current projects.

The TIDD Board Meeting and Working Session will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, streamed on YouTube at Youtube.com/user/CLCTV20 and broadcast on Comcast Cable Channel 20 or in high definition on Comcast Channel 928.

Michael McDevitt is a city and county government reporter for Sun News. He can be reached at 575-202-3205, [email protected], or @MikeMcDTweets on Twitter.

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