City of Albuquerque provides shelter and resources to more than 1,500 fire evacuees
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Thousands of people have been forced from their homes in northern New Mexico by the massive Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak fire. Many had to go from hotel to hotel just to find a place to stay. Now the City of Albuquerque is stepping in to make things a little easier.
City officials said there are currently about 1,500 evacuees in Albuquerque and nearly half of them are staying in hotels – spending hundreds of dollars a day while coping with the trauma of the fire.
Although they don’t know when they can return or what’s next for them, some relief is on the way. The city of Albuquerque announced that evacuees will not have to pay a penny for their hotel room or food while in the city.
State Representative Roger Montoya, D-Velarde, said he was in talks with the city and other organizations to help communities under evacuation orders. He has heard from many families who are incredibly grateful for the help.
KOB 4 has also been informed that evacuees will also be able to receive emotional services. This relief will remain in place for weeks and could be extended if necessary.
There will also be a community center set up on Monday where evacuees can receive food boxes and other much-needed supplies. City officials said more information about the community center will be posted online.
Those in need of accommodations can access rooms as soon as they become available by calling 505-244-8604.
Evacuees interested in receiving text alerts with resource information and more can text ABQEVAC at 78015. Albuquerque residents interested in helping can find a list of donation needs here. Evacuees from affected areas can get updated information by visiting cabq.gov/wildfires or by calling 311 or 505-768-2000 for those calling from out of town.
The city continues to provide free access to the zoo, aquarium, botanical gardens and balloon museum for evacuees.