- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 13, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The University of New Mexico, the UNM Health Sciences Center and the city of Albuquerque are acknowledging issues around homelessness in New Mexico’s most populated area and are pledging to take further action.

Officials with the three entities signed a letter of intent Wednesday and announced plans to establish a steering committee that will identify areas where they can collaborate.

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller called homelessness a harsh reality and said the partnership will allow the entities to pool their resources to increase access to behavioral health and addiction services.

UNM Health Sciences Center Chancellor Paul Roth says there’s a critical shortage of services, providers and resources in New Mexico and officials are taking proactive steps to address the shortages.

Officials also acknowledged the need for additional emergency shelters.

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