ABQ man homeless again

Posted at: 06/14/2013 10:22 PM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4

After a fire destroyed an Albuquerque apartment complex a man is homeless again.

Jose Rosales now calls a Motel 6 room his home. The Red Cross helped him get the temporary housing after his apartment complex was torched.

Rosales said he didn’t have much time to gather all of his belongings, so he took what he could.

“I tried to save my life, then I run away,” he said. “I take my shorts, my shoes and my socks and that’s it.”

Most of his belongings are donated to help him on his feet.

Dorothy Otero helped Rosales find his first place through a city program called Albuquerque Heading Home.

“Someone is homeless for many, many years, you finally find them a place, they get settled in, and it finally looks like everything is going well for them and then something like this tragic happens," she said.

Most people wouldn’t feel good with so little, but Rosales said he’s happy just to be alive.

“When I'm sad I read the bible and feel better again,” he said. 

The city is looking for a new place for Rosales to live and, hopefully, he move in the next week.