More Homeless People = More Money

By Max R. Weller

Read the article about the annual MDHI Point-in-Time Survey from the Daily Camera.

Here’s a look at the 2013 results. It will be several months before 2014 data is released so we can compare.

Bear in mind that any census of the homeless always results in a significant undercount, for a variety of reasons. I refuse to be tallied simply because I’m not interested in helping to obtain funding for more idiotic projects like the $6 million 31-unit Housing First project at 1175 Lee Hill (a collaboration between Boulder Housing Partners and Boulder Shelter for the Homeless), which will serve clients who are chronically homeless, single adult alcoholics/drug addicts with a dual diagnosis of mental illness — sobriety in NOT a requirement for participation in Housing First, and clients will be allowed to drink in their apartments. Seems pretty pointless to me, especially in view of what has happened at Karluk Manor in Anchorage, AK (that city’s HF facility, which opened in December, 2011).

Boulder, CO’s homeless shelter/services industry also seeks to Feel Good about being the destination city for transients from Denver and elsewhere — despite the fact that available resources go only so far, and Boulder County’s own homeless people frequently are being shortchanged. This has a simple solution, which is being adopted by more and more cities: require valid photo ID showing a Boulder County address in order to be eligible for shelter/services from nonprofits.

Unfortunately, that’s not the Boulder approach. Take a look at our Main Branch Library at 1001 Arapahoe, next to Central Park:

Michael Comacho, right, sits as volunteers Chris Mitchell and Eliana Berlfein, left, conduct a survey of the homeless Monday night at the Boulder Public

(Jeremy Papasso / Daily Camera)

Poor dog! Doesn’t get vet care, or decent food, or a warm place to sleep, but its owner has $$$ for cigarettes, booze, and dope. Frankly, the cops should he handing these bums the $5 tickets on RTD to Denver, then escorting ’em to the Transit Center to make sure they board the bus. Might even have a police vehicle tail that bus as far as Broomfield, to make sure the bums stay on it.

Don’t think I’m angry just because I’m suffering from the Denver Crud, picked up during a morning visit to BSH more than a week ago. I hate the bad behavior of transients when I’m feeling fine, too.

Maybe there’s room on the Denver-bound buses for the apologists/enablers, along with the transients . . . One can always dream of restoring Boulder to a family-friendly place where decent folks, including the majority of the homeless who don’t cause problems, are free to enjoy public venues.

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