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Road to Independence: Las Cruces Homeless Get ID at Community of Hope Event

Nov 27, 2019

New Mexico Workforce Connection employee Olivia Carillo helps Sabrina Acuña look for work using the state's online job portal. Acuña was one of dozens of homeless people who received assistance from state agencies to get a birth certificate, ID card and other services at the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope on Nov. 22.
Credit Michael Hernandez

Lost or stolen identification is a commonly reported problem in the homeless community.

Recently, several state agencies helped provide birth certificates, driver’s licenses and other services to people in need at the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope.

In this video essay by Michael Hernandez, Workforce Solutions Dept. Secretary Bill McCamley speaks about the aim of the event and we hear from some of those getting ID.

Kimberly Atencio and her chihuahua Lucky arrived at the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope to get a birth certificate and state ID. Each form of ID cost $10 and was free for the first 25 applicants.
Credit Michael Hernandez

Ivan Gálvez hangs onto his newly-printed birth certificate as he waits in line to get a driver's license from the state Motor Vehicle Division's mobile unit.
Credit Michael Hernandez