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District 3 Newsletter, Edition #12

06/04/2020

In This Edition:

Important Contact information
Message from the Commissioner
BernCo at Work
How You can Help
Community Resources
A Good Read, Listen & Look


IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION:

Important Telephone Numbers to Keep Handy

COVID19 hotline
1-855-600-3453

Non-health related COVID19 hotline
1-833-551-0518

For an updated one-stop source of COVID19 information, click here.


MESSAGE FROM THE COMMISSIONER:

It has been a sad and difficult week — another unarmed black man killed by a police officer, American cities up in flames, a mind numbing number of deaths from COVID19. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has suffered a loss and to Christian Cooper and the many others who have met unjust, cruel and racist treatment. My heart breaks for the families and friends of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and all the black men and women we have lost to violence over the years.

COVID19 has exacerbated the inequities in our society. Minorities are disproportionally represented in coronavirus deaths. Low and minimum wage “essential” workers are in jobs without sick leave or paid-time-off with limited or no access to child care or reliable public transportation. Many people of color, especially those without college degrees, are unable to work remotely because of job requirements or lack of access to the internet. Guidelines in the recently passed federal relief package deny paid family leave to many workers, making it impossible for some to care for sick family members.

The fight against COVID19 has also highlighted how strong partnerships between local governments, citizens, non-profits, businesses enhanced each other’s efforts, achieving results that couldn’t be done alone. Technology firms enabled people to work from home and schools to operate remotely; delivery services kept products on the shelves and doorsteps; traditional retailers adjusted to the new shopping realities; the nonprofit sector worked to address rapidly shifting social-service needs; people followed the rules – good partners help each other succeed.

We will eventually emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and begin to rebuild our economy. Federal, state, and local lawmakers have demonstrated their desire to mitigate the effects of coronavirus by passing a variety of relief measures. Any additional plans to help communities recover must include an expanded safety net and confront the racial and social inequities so entrenched in our society.

We are facing profound and significant challenges. Those partnerships established in response to the virus need to be involved in building a more just and equable society. The partnerships need to be expanded and strengthened beyond the immediate response to this crisis. They need to be encouraged to continue to assist with the economic recovery; to collaborate and form alliances to find solutions that work and provide hope; to help navigate the difficult times ahead.

We hear so frequently that we are all in this together. But, do we really understand our collective responsibility? Will we be kinder to each other and more aware of the racial inequities and social injustices that exist? Will we work for equality for those who suffer most from discrimination, systematic oppression and the lack of economic and job security? Or, will we retreat into “the way things have always been”, continuing to buy hand sanitizer and hoarding food?

The answers will define our country’s heart and soul.

--Jim Collie

MEDITATION XVII -- Devotions upon Emergent Occasions

No man is an island entire of itself;

every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;

if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less,

as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were;

any man's death diminishes me,

because I am involved in mankind.

And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;

it tolls for thee.

John Donne

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BERNCO AT WORK:

Department of Community Service

Tiny Home Village

The building of the 30 ‘tiny homes’ for the Tiny Home Village began Saturday, May 30th. Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters Local 1319 are volunteering their time and expertise to construct the units. Structural insulated panels (SIPs) for the walls and roof were custom-produced for the tiny homes. The SIPs are more energy-efficient than traditional construction and have a long-term durability.

The estimated cost savings to the project because of the carpenters’ volunteer work is about $125,000.

Construction for the Tiny Home Village project is expected to be completed by November 2020. All of the structures will be built to last a minimum of 15 years with a life expectancy of 30-plus years.

The Tiny Home Village total project cost is $4.34 million. The Tiny Home Village will consist of 30 individual 120 sq. ft. homes and a centrally located common building that includes the kitchen, dining, living area and bathrooms. Each tiny home will have a bed, desk and storage space as well as electricity. The benefit of the shared common areas is that it helps to foster socialization and reconnection to others.

The Tiny Home Village project is the first of its kind in the city and state, and brings the transitional housing concept for the unhoused to the Bernalillo County community.

The resident application policy is in the final stages of development and should be completed by the end of July.

More information at www.BernCo.gov/TinyHomeVillage

Important Information from BernCo Health Protection Office

The county has seen a significant rise in illegal dumping throughout Bernalillo County since the beginning of the stay-at-home directives.

The county protection office says that this trend is particularly troubling illegal dumping is being reported in populated areas as well as rural open space.

County residents are reminded that dumping of trash on any public or private property, open space properties, in arroyos, ditches, alleyways or the side of the road is illegal and can be punished with fines up to $1,000.00 and/or 90 days in jail.

Dumping is not only an eyesore but there are also health and environmental impacts.:

If you see illegal dumping --

  1. Call the Bernalillo County Planning & Development Services Department, at 505-314-0350, the City of Albuquerque at 311 or the State of New Mexico at 866-428-6535.
  2. Have information available regarding the address where the trash is or dumping is occurring.
  3. Be able to assess what type of trash or substance is on the property.
  4. Be prepared to give your name and phone number in case property cannot be located.

The alternatives to dumping illegally include the following solid waste convenience centers:

  • South Side (Montessa Park), 512 Los Picaros Rd NW, 505-873-6607
  • West Side (Don Reservoir), 117 114th Street SW, 505-836-8757
  • North Side (Eagle Rock), 6301 Eagle Rock Rd NE, 505-857-2918
  • East Side (East Mountain Transfer Station), 505-281-9110

BernCo Sherriff’s Office

Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales issued a Scam Alert.

The alert is in response to a report of fraudulent activity to the sheriff’s office. People are being called and a voicemail is being left with somebody claiming to be “Sgt. Ray Davis” with the “Warrants and Citations Division” of the BCSO.

In a statement, BCSO said there is no such division in the office and reminded the public that law enforcement does not call you if you have a warrant or citation asking for payment over the phone. You would receive a notice in the mail.


HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Tree NM and International District Seek Volunteers for Autumn Planting

The International District Healthy Communities Coalition (IDHCC) is on a mission to increase green space in the International District and need your help. In conjunction with the La Mesa Community Improvement Association, there will be a tree planting event in September. If you can donate time and effort to help plant 50 trees in this area (and if the public health order is lifted by then) please contact Bernadette Hardy at: hardy_bernadette@yahoo.com.

Southwest Organizing Project

“Masks with a Message” is a SWOP project that is working with Albuquerque’s refugees and immigrant population to create jobs, make face masks and complete the 2020Census. So far 2,500 masks have been made and 2,000 distributed. The masks include a message encouraging people to complete their census form.

SWOP is asking for supplies for making masks or cash donations. If you can help, contact Monica Demarco at machina34@gmail.com

Other Organizations That Need Your Help

Barrett House provides emergency housing for homeless women and children. If you can help with non-perishable food, cleaning supplies or cash donations, contact www.barrettfoundation.org/donate

Heading Home provides emergency shelter in motel rooms. To donate click here

NM Dream Team & Native American Community Academy Inspired School Network have created the Stronger Together Fund to provide monetary assistance to undocumented essential workers. The fund will also support Native American students. If you can help, click here.

One Albuquerque Fund

Show your One Albuquerque Spirit and support local coronavirus relief. With each purchase, 20% of sales go to the One Albuquerque Fund. The One Albuquerque Fund aims to fund critical programs to address the core challenges in our city including homelessness, workforce support, youth opportunity, and police officer recruitment.


COMMUNITY RESOURCES:

City Of Albuquerque

Civil Rights Information

To report a hate crime, please contact Albuquerque Police Department:

Emergency Calls - 911
Non-Emergency Calls - (505) 242-COPS or (505) 242-267
https://www.cabq.gov/police/contact-the-police

To report discrimination, please contact the Office of Civil Rights:

505-768-4595
https://www.cabq.gov/civilrights/filing-a-discrimination-complaint

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) works to protect the community by prohibiting discrimination in areas of housing, public accommodation, and employment, providing a mechanism for recourse, and providing education to the community. Contact the office via email, civilrights@cabq.gov, or call 505-768-4595.

The Office of Equity and Inclusion works to inspire and equip city government to make Albuquerque a national role model of racial equity and social justice. Contact the office via email, Michellemelendez@cabq.gov, or call 505-768-3307.

Libraries:

Most Public Libraries are open for limited services under Phase 1 public health regulations:

  • no computers are available;
  • no seating or tables are available;
  • WiFi is available in the parking lot;
  • you may borrow books, DVDs, etc.

Please follow these guidelines while visiting the library:

  • do not enter the building if you have any symptoms of illness;
  • limit your visit to 15 minutes or less
  • follow the requirement to wear a face mask over your mouth and nose
  • follow social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from other visitors

Age-Friendly City Initiative

The City of Albuquerque is applying for Age-Friendly designation through the World Health Organization (WHO) and AARP. Age-friendly cities are livable and thriving communities that improve the lives of all. The City of Albuquerque is committed to grow as an age-friendly city and invites Albuquerque adults of all ages to participate in this exciting community project. Participants can take a short survey, phone interview and/or join an online focus group to share their age-friendly ideas. Send an e-mail to: agefriendlyabq@cabq.gov or call (505)-333-9769 for more information.

Additional Information & Resources:

Many of residents of Albuquerque are experiencing financial hardships that affect their ability to pay their rent or mortgage. If you know of anyone who is struggling, mortgage relief and tenant protection information can be found on the CABQ website. Please share the information below as wide as possible:

Mortgage relief information for homeowners:???????

https://www.cabq.gov/consumer-financial-protection-initiative/documents/mortgage-relief-related-to-covid.pdf

Tenant protections under COVID for tenants unable to pay rent:

https://www.cabq.gov/consumer-financial-protection-initiative/documents/tenant-protections-related-to-covid.pdf

There has unfortunately also been an increase in financial scams during COVID. Please share:

Information on COVID consumer finance and scam issues.

There are additional community and business resources available at https://www.cabq.gov/coronavirus-information/coronavirus-updates

Zero-Interest Emergency LEDA & COVID19 Business Loans

The first no-interest emergency loans from the State of New Mexico’s Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) Fund to help maintain jobs and business operations as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis is in the final stage of approval.

The emergency assistance was one of the first initiatives approved by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, in an effort to offer relief to businesses that had to close or curtail operations. The loan program was authorized by the governor on March 12 as she moved quickly to mitigate economic damage from the pandemic.

The legislature has restricted LEDA to economic base businesses and expenses related to land, buildings and infrastructure, including rent abatement. Those interested should contact Mark Roper, EDD’s Finance Division Director, at mark.roper@state.nm.us. You can learn more about LEDA qualifications on the EDD's LEDA web page.

Governor Lujan Grisham also approved the COVID-19 Business Loan Guarantee Program. Under this initiative, the state can assist businesses seeking emergency loans or lines of credit to deal with negative economic impacts from COVID-19. EDD can guarantee a portion of a loan or line of credit up to 80% of principal or $50,000. Loan proceeds are flexible and can be used for (but not limited to) working capital, inventory, and payroll.

As of this week, 45 businesses have secured guarantees for a total of $2.1 million in lending.

For more information contact EDDFinance@state.nm.us.


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