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Albuquerque Progress Report
Human and Family Development

People of all ages have the opportunity to participate in the community and economy and are well sheltered, safe, healthy and educated.


Why is this goal important?

As an Albuquerque resident, there are probably conditions in your life that you feel are ideal for you and your family, such as having a good education, being healthy, having a stable living environment, and being prepared to be an active member in your community. Each day you make decisions toward achieving these conditions and you are not alone; your community, schools, local city government as well as state and federal agencies all support you in your mission to achieve these desired conditions for your life and the life of those in your family.

What are desired community conditions?

By design, the goal areas are broad, so we've further clarified them with positively worded statements called "desired community conditions." These are statements that describe specifically what conditions would exist if the respective goal is achieved. For example, under the goal area called "Human and Family Development," a desired community condition is for Albuquerque to have "Educated, Literate, and Skilled Residents". Below are a list of indicators to measure progress on these desired community conditions.

What can we tell from the data?

  • Physical health, as reflected in obesity and exercise rates, is strong. Obesity rates could only be found for the state as a whole. New Mexico had a 24% obesity rate, which is lower than most peer states and lower than the national average. The percent of Bernalillo County residents regularly exercising was 57%, higher than the national average of 53%.
  • Resident's access to healthcare improved significantly over the last couple of years, with now over 90 percent of our residents covered by health in-surance. Relative to our peers, we now rank 2nd best out of 6, which is a significant improvement from two years ago.
  • After reaching a high of 69% in 2013, the City high school graduation rate declined in the last couple of years reaching 62% in 2015. This compares to the national rate of 83%. Failure to graduate is a surface indicator of many factors. Research (and APS data) shows that family income, family struc-ture, crisis and mobility are external factors that impact a student's risk for on-time graduation.

    One major initiative that is taking hold in our community is Mission: Graduate, a cradle to career education partnership working to advance a big goal for student success: 60,000 new graduates with college degrees and certificates in central New Mexico by 2020. To achieve the goal, Mission: Graduate works with programs and organizations from across central New Mexico to take action on strategies designed to increase the number of stu-dents graduating from high school, enrolling in college, and earning college certificates and degrees.
  • Families living in poverty remained fairly steady at about 23% as did the number of homeowners paying over 30% of their total income for housing. The number of renters paying over 30% of their income for housing has remained steady at about 49%.
  • The number of sheltered homeless people in Albuquerque improved in 2016, declining 6.4% in just two years from 1,110 in 2014 to 1,039. Mayor Richard Berry has initiated various programs to address homelessness, including There's a Better Way, a nationally recognized program intended to curb panhandling by putting homeless people to work and has allocated $25 million to impact this issue.

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