By Max R. Weller
Bridge House eyes south Boulder building to help transition workers out of homelessness in the Daily Camera. Quoting from it below:
Ready-to-Work has a number of contracts with the city doing clean-up and repairs, as well as contracts with private business owners. Ready-to-Work also staffs Bridge House’s new commercial kitchen on east Arapahoe Avenue.
So far, 30 people have graduated and gone on to jobs and apartments in the private sector, McDevitt said — an 80 percent success rate.
McDevitt said the program would allow people to live at the facility for up to two years, though the typical stay would be closer to a year. Residents would pay rent and board, but at a very low rate so they could save money.
McDevitt said Bridge House is still doing all its due diligence, including talking to neighbors and securing financing. The purchase and renovation is estimated at $3.5 million. Bridge House is seeking a variety of city, county and state affordable housing grants and loans to fund the project.
My comments follow:
80% success rate? It’s funny math — if someone “graduates” from Ready-to-Work and holds a full-time job for a week before being fired or quitting, that’s defined as success; likewise, if someone gets into an apartment and lasts a month before being evicted or leaving on their own, that’s also defined as success.
I know many of these people. Isabel McDevitt’s claims do NOT ring true with me.
BTW, one of the current Ready-to-Work clients in the Transition Program at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless strolls over to my spot in the neighborhood to smoke dope before he enters the shelter around 5PM; almost no BSH client is ever tested for marijuana or other drugs, just alcohol.
Cue the haters . . . I’m just telling it like it is!
What’s next from the local homeless shelter/services industry? Maybe this — Amsterdam Has a Deal for Alcoholics: Work Paid in Beer from the New York Times.
Some Boulder residents just say no to big, red ‘Yes!’ also in the DC. It’s well worth the time to read a few of the online comments which follow this story. Here’s my favorite from “How_Do_It_Do”:
What kind of self centered a$$ thinks this is art? F em. Once they install this the transients will be the second most offensive part of going to the library.
A nighttime view of the ‘Yes!’ (courtesy rendering)
Continued good weather is forecast until the weekend, and I’ll enjoy it by reading a Scott Turow novel at my spot in front of the Mexican restaurant in the 4900 block of N. Broadway. It’s an older one, “Presumed Innocent” published in 1987, but good stories are timeless.
I may take the day off as far as playing humble beggar on the corner of U.S. 36, because I’m having one of my infrequent bouts of swelling in the lower right leg. Anyway, passersby have been so generous and my needs are so modest that I now have $225 in my coffee jar savings, kept in my small locker at BSH.
On the political front:
Joe Isuzu declares the Affordable Care Act a success!
Tonight at my campsite: meatball sandwiches.