Las Cruces to Vote on Rent Discrimination and Community of Hope Master Plan

LAS CRUCES – Las Cruces City Council will consider measures Monday to support tenants against discrimination, to approve a master plan for a local homeless organization and to approve the issuance of bonds for firefighters’ equipment.

At a regular Aug. 15 meeting, councilors will consider a resolution backing state-level legislation to prohibit landlords from discriminating against potential tenants based on their income. The resolution would not support a specific bill, but instead calls on the state legislature to “develop landlord/tenant reform” that protects tenants from income discrimination.

Council will also consider approving a master plan for the future development of the Mesilla Valley Hope Community. The plan defines an “ultimate construction” for the city-owned property at 999 West Amador Avenue. MVCH helps people who are homeless or precarious, and its campus includes Camp Hope, a transitional community with temporary shelter for people who are homeless; Amador Health Center, El Caldito Soup Kitchen, Jardin de Los Niños, a babysitting service; and Casa de Peregrinos, a food bank.

On June 6, the plan was reviewed and approved by the city’s Development Review Committee, a task force comprised of representatives from the Las Cruces Public Works Department, Community Development Department, Las Cruces Utilities Cruces, Las Cruces Fire Department, Facilities, Metropolitan Planning Organization, Parks. and Recreation and Transit Department.

The board will also consider an order to approve the issuance and sale of $5 million in state-shared gross revenue tax improvement revenue bonds to fund the purchase of two fire engines and two trucks. aerial firefighters for LCFD.

The council meeting will be held in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 700 N. Main Street at 1 p.m. on August 15. It will also air live on Comcast cable channel 20 and in high definition on channel 298. It will air live on YouTube. at and will be available on

Michael McDevitt is a city and county government reporter for the Sun-News. He can be reached at 575-202-3205, [email protected] Where @MikeMcDTweets on Twitter.

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