By Max R. Weller
See the article here.
It’s the most recent info I could find in searching the Internet. As the number of suicides locally in the past couple of years shows, it’s an ongoing problem.
My focus in this blog has been on homeless people, and most of my personal contact on a daily basis is with the small minority who are defined as chronically homeless (I’ve been homeless myself for over 10 years now). It’s obvious that self-medicating with booze, dope (including marijuana), and various prescription drugs obtained illegally is a form of self-inflicted injury. Deaths related to substance abuse are all too common among this group; Boulder, CO seems to me to be remarkably clueless in dealing with the issue. If the only thing a street drunk can look forward to is being segregated in a Housing First facility with other drunks, why should they even consider working toward becoming clean and sober? I think the example of Karluk Manor in Anchorage, AK remains the most instructive in re Boulder Housing Partner’s proposed HF project at 1175 Lee Hill. Even the powers-that-be at both BHP and Boulder Shelter for the Homeless (which will provide case management services) have admitted that this new $6 million plus, 31-unit wet facility is permanent supportive housing and not the transitional housing permitted under local zoning regs. Many HF clients will drink themselves to death in their expensive new apartments, just as they would if they remained on the streets. Other than providing job security for support staff, what in blazes is the point of it all?
It’s not only a travesty of compassion, it’s a de facto form of assisted suicide. I don’t know that there is a Hell (or even an afterlife at all), but if there is I hope that the apologists/enablers are subjected to a just portion of torment.