Although the Town of Mesilla is some distance of about four miles, the Community of Hope in Las Cruces experiences the same rains and snows as other parts of Doña Ana County, New Mexico.
It is important to remember that inclement weather conditions impact transportation, potential indoor exposures during unexpected overnight “Deep freeze” events, and various difficulties related to urban terrain crossing elements.
In Doña Ana County, drastically changed conditions of the natural environment impact anyone without adequate shelter. For some, circumstances are temporary. Like when winter weather may catch a homeowner or property renter unprepared. Cold-weather issues of exposure, dehydration, and a variety of health risks threaten those experiencing homelessness from October to March in the Las Cruces area.
An often overlooked fact about homelessness in the borderland region: extreme weather happens year round, and regardless an outsider’s perspective that the region is somehow easier to “Survive in” when you are outdoors and living rough.
Google Map Mesilla Valley Community of Hope Campus.
AM rain, thunder, and birdsong in Mesilla, New Mexico.
Rain, wind, and dust, even harsh sun storms that elevate dangerous ground level ozone, may severely limit access to water, food, and reliable shelter. Public transportation, personal vehicles, and unsafe driving conditions on city streets and roads prove to be dangerous obstacles during inclement weather.
New Mexico rain isn’t always welcome.
Sometimes, what housed people call a “Cozy rain storm” becomes an endangerment to anyone unhoused.