By Max R. Weller
See Report: Boulder should undertake major reorganization of city’s homeless service providers in the Daily Camera. My online comment is copied below:
I’ve scanned this article, then read it more carefully, and I don’t see any proposal to require clients to show valid photo ID with a Boulder County address in order to obtain homeless shelter/services. Closing Bridge House at 1120 1/2 Pine is something I’ve long supported, along with converting Boulder Shelter for the Homeless at 4869 N. Broadway into the day center for Boulder’s own homeless people. Transients should be given bus tickets out of town, along with a couple of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and a bottle of water to-go.
Boulder doesn’t have a clue — “transitional living” programs are a fraud. I see some of the same faces in Boulder Shelter’s program now that I did way back in 2008, and it’s supposed to be for 9 months duration. What actually happens is that the homeless clients get caught in a revolving door between the streets and the program, and the few who do make it into subsidized housing are evicted because they can’t get along with either landlords or other tenants.
Progress will never be made with the current corrupt leadership of our local homeless shelter/services industry: Greg Harms of BSH, Betsey Martens of Boulder Housing Partners, Isabel McDevitt and George Epp of Bridge House, et al. Their creed is MORE HOMELESS PEOPLE = MORE MONEY.
The transient from Texas, below, left a city which has far more resources for the homeless than Boulder, CO; why is he here?
Jeremiah Graham sits along Boulder Creek near the library with his dog Soda Pop on Tuesday. Graham is a traveler who arrived in Boulder recently from Austin, Texas. (Jeremy Papasso)
Joe Carreras, left, and Zach Allington grab coffee and food at Bridge House in Boulder on Tuesday. Carreras, who said he’s employed but sleeping outside, avails himself of homeless services in Boulder. Allington, who said he’s traveling through the area, thinks the local homeless services are good. (Paul Aiken / Daily Camera)
I read through the report, and I’m not impressed. Seems to me it’s all about reinforcing what doesn’t work now, and it lacks any original thought. See for yourself: Burnes Institute report on Boulder homeless service providers.
Alex Midyette is a waste of good oxygen. He’ll be back in the news for committing more crimes, sooner or later.
Denver King has returned to the corner of N. Broadway & U.S. 36; it seems he was incarcerated in Boulder County Jail for a few weeks. I hoped he would move on from a neighborhood where nobody likes him, but I guess he’s despised everywhere. Yesterday, as I was reading a book in my shady spot in front of the nearby Mexican restaurant, he panhandled for 3 hours and admitted to me afterward that he’d made only $5. LOL! Between 3:25 and 4:25PM, generous passersby gave me $23. I’m grateful to everyone for their support.
“Homeless Vet Dying of Lung Cancer” (Boulder County Sheriff’s Office)
Tonight at my campsite: hamburgers!