Although The Town of Mesilla is some ways from Community of Hope in Las Cruces, the same rains within Doña Ana County, New Mexico drastically change natural environments for anyone without shelter, even if only temporarily. An often overlooked fact about homelessness in the borderland region: extreme weather happens year round, and regardless perspectives that the region is somehow easier to “Survive in” the outdoors.
AM rain, thunder, and birdsong in Mesilla, New Mexico.
Rain, wind, and dust, including harsh sun storms, are enough to severely limit access to water, food, and reliable shelter for individuals and families. Both public transportation and personal vehicles can prove to be dangerous obstacles during inclement weather.
Rain in New Mexico isn’t always welcome. Sometimes, what housed people call a “Cozy rain storm” also endangers anyone unhoused.