AM rain, thunder, and the sounds of birds in Mesilla, New Mexico.
Although Mesilla is some ways away from the 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 the perspective that the region is somehow easier to survive in the outdoors.
Rain, wind and dust, and 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. Rain in New Mexico isn’t always welcome. Sometimes, what housed people call a cozy morning rain storm also endangers anyone unhoused in the area.