SANTA FE – A local architect and a pair of organizations that serve Santa Fe’s homeless population have been working for nearly two years to develop a long-term solution to homelessness that extends far beyond a bed and a meal.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that the group’s estimated $20-million proposal just lacks two primary ingredients: funding and a site.
The proposed 400-bed facility is modeled after a 1,500-bed facility in San Antonio called Haven for Hope.
The project’s leading architect Suby Bowden says Haven for Hope has success in getting people off the streets, but also in transforming people’s lives.
Haven for Hope spokeswoman Laura Calderon estimates the 7-year-old facility has led to more than $90 million in savings and has reduced homelessness in downtown San Antonio by 80 percent.