City council to vote on tenant discrimination, Community of Hope master plan

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The Community of Hope campus is seen from a dirt lot recently purchased by the city for potential future Community of Hope expansion on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.
The Community of Hope campus is seen from a dirt lot recently purchased by the city for potential future Community of Hope expansion on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.

LAS CRUCES - The Las Cruces City Council will consider measures Monday to support renters against discrimination, to approve a master plan for a local homelessness assistance organization and to approve the issuance of bonds for fire department equipment.

At an Aug. 15 regular meeting, councilors will consider a resolution supporting legislation at the state level to prohibit landlords from discriminating against prospective tenants based on their income. The resolution wouldn't support a specific bill but rather calls on the state legislature to "develop landlord/tenant reform" that protects tenants from income discrimination.

The council will also consider the approval of a master plan for the future development of the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope. The plan defines an "ultimate buildout" for the city-owned property at 999 West Amador Avenue. The MVCH assists people who are unhoused or housing insecure, and its campus includes Camp Hope, a transitional community with temporary shelter for the unhoused; Amador Health Center, El Caldito Soup Kitchen, Jardin de Los Niños, a child daycare 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 workgroup consisting of representatives from the Las Cruces Public Works Department, Community Development Department, Las Cruces Utilities, Las Cruces Fire Department, Facilities, Metropolitan Planning Organization, Parks and Recreation Department and Transit.

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

The council meeting will be held in council chambers at City Hall, 700 N. Main Street at 1 p.m. Aug. 15. It will also be broadcast live on Comcast cable channel 20 and in high definition on channel 298. It will be livestreamed on YouTube at YouTube.com/clctv20 and will be available at clctv.com.

Michael McDevitt is a city and county government reporter for the Sun-News. He can be reached at 575-202-3205, mmcdevitt@lcsun-news.com or @MikeMcDTweets on Twitter.

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