Espanola Pathways Shelter Granted Special Use Permit For Proposed Homeless Shelter

POathways.jpgThe Espanola Pathways Shelter under the auspices of the New Mexico Coalition to End Homeless has been granted a special use permit by the City of Espanola Planning and Zoning Commission to operate a homeless shelter at 119A and 119B Calle Delgado in Espanola for two years. Rejoicing after the hearing are from left, Lauren Reichelt, Chris Madrid, Roger Montoya, Ralph Martinez and Christian Madrid. The hearing lasted almost six hours with extensive testimony both in support and against the proposed shelter. The approval came with several conditions including a review after the first year with input from residents of the area and Espanola Pathways Shelter. The shelter will also be required to have a security plan approved by the Planning and Landuse Department as well as local law enforcement agencies. The Commission also requested that within the two year period, a new location be sought for the shelter to allow for expansion. Opponents of the shelter have 14 days in which to appeal. Photo by Maire O’Neill/