The figures lie, and more

By Max R. Weller

If this story was covered by the Daily Camera, I missed it.

Consider the data from the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative “census” of homeless people in the City of Boulder, taken every January, comparing 2013 to 2014:

This shows a total of 748 homeless men, women, and children in our city as of January, 2013.

Unbelievably, this latest survey shows only 441 homeless people in our city as of January, 2014.

These figures represent a reduction of 41 percent, or over 300 homeless individuals, from year to year. No, I don’t believe it one bit — and this is a case where anecdotal evidence should be given more weight than a seriously flawed survey.

My educated guess would be that, just like me, many other homeless people simply refused to participate in the survey this past January. I can see no advantage to being counted, because the numbers are used by the homeless shelter/services industry to encourage donors to give more financial support — and for what? To be squandered on wasteful projects like the 31-unit, $6 million plus Housing First apartment complex at 1175 Lee Hill, apparently.

More Homeless People = More Money. Logically, Fewer Homeless People = Less Money, and I hope that better use will be made of funding by the nonprofits if this turns out to be the case.

(The commentary above has been submitted as a letter-to-the-editor of the DC).


Shortly after returning to my north Boulder neighborhood around noon yesterday, I was contacted by a detective from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office in re Shouting Joe’s arrest on Wednesday for three counts of Sexual Assault. The detective was looking for background info on Joe and other homeless people in the area, including me, in the course of the investigation into the allegations being made.

I made it clear that I don’t know very much. I don’t go where the bums go; I don’t do what the bums do; and when they invite themselves to sit in my spot and start jabbering about their homeless drama, I do my best to ignore the bullshit.

“You don’t seem like the typical homeless person,” the detective said to me.

“I’ll take that as a compliment,” I replied.

Read Cyclists say near-stops frequently fined in Hygiene in the Times-Call. BCSO deputies should crack down at the corner of N. Broadway & U.S. 36 in north Boulder, too. Since traffic lights were installed at this T-intersection a few years ago, it’s not so bad as it was with just a STOP SIGN there, I’ll grant you. Back then, a score or more of bicyclists at a time would run the STOP SIGN; but, I still see the occasional bicyclist or motorist ignore the RED LIGHT on N. Broadway as they pull onto U.S. 36 northbound. All of ’em should be ticketed!

A cyclist crosses Hygiene Road Thursday at the intersection of Hygiene Road and North 75th Street. Boulder County Sheriff’s deputies have been

A cyclist crosses Hygiene Road Thursday at the intersection of Hygiene Road and North 75th Street. Boulder County Sheriff’s deputies have been writing tickets for cyclists who fail to come to a complete stop and put one foot down at stop signs. (Matthew Jonas / Longmont Times-Call)

Tonight at my campsite: ham sandwiches and chips.


2 thoughts on “The figures lie, and more

  1. Sarah

    Max! Where did this street get its name?? “Hygiene”! Am I spelling that correctly? LOL…….. ;-P


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