By Associated Press - Wednesday, March 18, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The city of Albuquerque will award more than $2 million to six nonprofits to help address homelessness and mental health issues.

Mayor Richard Berry said the funding announced Tuesday shows Albuquerque that has a heart for the most vulnerable and that it backs up its concern with substantial resources.

Almost half of the money will help with improving access and distribution of food to the homeless and other at-risk people. The funds will go to the Roadrunner Food Bank, St. Martin’s and the First Nations Community Health Source.

St. Martin’s will get $625,000 to provide housing and case management services to an additional 60 homeless people with severe mental illness.

Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless and the Supportive Housing Coalition will get money for housing and case management.

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