This week on New Mexico in Focus, KUNM (89.9 FM) News Director Megan Kamerick sits down for a two-part discussion on Daymon Ely’s proposed plan to address homelessness in Albuquerque. In part one, Megan asks the special roundtable about the benefits and drawbacks of a big, coordinated effort from City Hall, like the one Ely is leading. In the second half, she asks what needs to change to get the solutions conversation away from politics and moving towards people's needs.

James Freeman, a person who once lived on the streets of Albuquerque and is now a director at HopeWorks, gives his thoughts on the proposal. He also goes in depth on his experience living homeless. 

Homeless advocate and attorney Peter Cubra discusses the constitutional rights of unhoused people and breaks down how a pending U.S. Supreme Court ruling could change the way New Mexico polices them.

NMiF airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) on Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 5 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app.    

NMiF Segments

Examining Daymon Ely’s Plan to Address Homelessness
The Obstacles of Living Unhoused in ABQ

Megan Kamerick

Daymon Ely, Attorney and Report Author
Jennifer Metzler, Chief Executive Officer, Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless
John Bulten, Executive Director, East Central Ministries

Living in Shelters and the Streets of ABQ

Megan Kamerick

James Freeman, Director, HopeWorks

The Supreme Court Case Challenging the Rights of the Unhoused
Jeff Proctor

Peter Cubra, Attorney, Coalition for a Safer Albuquerque

Jeff Proctor

New Mexico in Focus is the New Mexico PBS prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues, and people shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest. NMiF takes a multi-layered look at social, political, economic health, education, and art issues and explores them in-depth with a critical eye to give them context beyond the "news of the moment.

NMPBS Executive Producer, Public Affairs, is Jeff Proctor. New Mexico in Focus's senior producer for public affairs is Lou DiVizio. “Our Land” Senior Producer is Laura Paskus. The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Antonio Sanchez, and co-producer is Kathy Wimmer.

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided by the McCune Charitable Foundation and Viewers Like You.

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