Did you know that 27% of veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars have struggled to provide food for their families? The US Department of Agriculture shows 7.4% of working-age veterans experience food insecurity. You can help by donating fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, bread, and other non-perishable food to the Veterans Integration Center Food Pantry today. To learn more about where to drop off donations, visit: www.nmvic.org/donate
Family and Community Services is hosting a public meeting to discuss the possibility of hotel and motel conversions as a strategy to increase the housing supply in Albuquerque. The meeting takes place Tuesday, December 6 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., at the Albuquerque Convention Center Anasazi Room (lower level, west complex). 401 2nd St. NW. To learn more and to RSVP, visit: https://www.cabq.gov/family/events/converting-hotels-to-housing-public-meeting
|Did you know you can find information about projects or development going on in your neighborhood? The Planning Department offers several online resources for finding this information and anyone can access it.|
The Planning Department’s Land Management System (LMS) can be used to search various types of permit requests. Specifically, the “Search for Permits by Address” function provides information on the type, status, issuance date and other pertinent details associated with permits for the subject site. An account is not required in order to use the system’s search features.
DRB, EPC and ZHE Public Hearings
The Development Review Board (DRB), Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) and Zoning Hearing Examiner (ZHE) provide similar but different functions associated with project review. Applications to these hearing bodies includes notification to property owners and neighborhood associations, but a periodic check of the respective websites will also help to track proposals as they work their way through the review process.
As we near the holiday season, we are taking time to reflect on our community and the things we cherish most about Albuquerque. From supporting small local businesses while you’re gift shopping to attending some of our traditional events like the Twinkle Light Parade and River of Lights, there are so many ways to celebrate our city in the coming months.
Speaking of the next few months, we are also preparing for the next legislative session where we will join other leaders across the city and state to promote our second round of the Metro Crime Initiative (MCI). These new policies are geared towards fighting gun violence, retail crime, and the fentanyl crisis as well as boosting officer retention and supporting victims of violent crime. Whether it was expanding our Violence Intervention Program or helping our officers crack down on auto theft ‘chop shops,’ MCI has been instrumental in getting every level of the criminal justice system to take responsibility for the real change that will make our city safer. We know the journey isn’t over, but we have our sights set on a successful legislative session that brings results for Burqueños and our neighbors around the state.
We are better together and we strive to keep this spirit not just during the holidays, but also in our everyday work. We wish everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.
Celebrate the season of giving by helping the City of Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Department, Family and Community Services, and ABQ RIDE give hope to unhoused families and adoptable pets in City shelters this holiday season. You’re invited to come out and “Stuff the Bus” by dropping off donations at Hinkle Fun Center, 12931 Indian School NE, on Saturday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The wish list for cats and dogs includes small cat toys, treats, beds, brushes, wand toys, scratchers, blankets, towels, dog enrichment toys, collars, harnesses, leashes, pill pockets, and Kong toys.
The wish list for families includes toiletries, reusable water bottles, backpacks, shoes, new underwear and socks, infant and toddler supplies (diapers, wipes), coats, gloves, hats, new toys, children’s books, coloring materials, and puzzles for all ages.
With every drop off donation, Papa Murphy’s will be handing out one large free pizza coupon.
Let’s make this season bright for our unhoused families and adoptable shelter pets in need by fulfilling their wish list. For more information and to see Amazon Wish Lists, visit: https://www.cabq.gov/pets/stuffthebus