Housing First in Boulder, CO and more

DONATING TO A NONPROFIT IS NOT THE SAME AS HELPING THE HOMELESS!

By Max R. Weller

Danielle Vachon, with Boulder Housing Partners, ties balloons to the door of an apartment unit Monday at the new housing complex for the chronically

Danielle Vachon, with Boulder Housing Partners, ties balloons to the door of an apartment unit Monday at the new housing complex for the chronically homeless at 1175 Lee Hill Drive in Boulder. For a video about Housing First facility, visit dailycamera.com. (Jeremy Papasso / Daily Camera)

Read ‘Housing First’ apartments for chronically homeless open in north Boulder in the Daily Camera. Quoting from the article below:

The 31 spare, furnished one-bedroom apartments at 1175 Lee Hill Drive in north Boulder represent a chance at a new life for the men and women who will start to move in Tuesday.

They are all chronically homeless, with one person having spent 19 years on the streets. They range in age from 40 to 74. They have a mental or a physical disability or suffer from addiction — sometimes all three

To qualify for this housing, they don’t have to get sober or find a job. To keep this housing, they don’t have to get sober or find a job.

This is “Housing First,” a model that began in New York and Seattle in the early 1990s and has proven effective at reducing homelessness among the neediest, most hard-to-reach populations, and at helping people from that population become more stable, meaning they are more likely to pursue mental health treatment and moderate their substance use.

“To expect people to stabilize when they are homeless is not realistic,” said Robin Bohannan, Boulder County Community Services director, at an open house Monday for 1175 Lee Hill Drive, the first permanently supportive housing apartment building in Boulder.

The apartment building was built by Boulder Housing Partners with a combination of local, state and federal dollars and private financing. Case management services and resident selection will be provided by the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, which sits just to the north.

Residents have to pay one-third of any income they earn, usually from disability payments, in rent.

My online comment is copied here:

Consider the situation at Karluk Manor in Anchorage, AK (that city’s Housing First project which opened in December, 2011): http://www.adn.com/article/20120528/success-karlu…

Maybe it will be different at 1175 Lee Hill in Boulder, CO — and maybe we’ll glance up into the sky and see pigs flying, too.

For the millions of dollars already spent here, with millions more in operating costs yet to come, we might have housed EVERY SINGLE HOMELESS PERSON IN BOULDER! See: http://urbanful.org/2014/06/09/the-occupy-movemen…

Makes you wonder just whose interests are really being served by this boondoggle . . .

BTW, DC editorial page editor Erika Stutzman is leaving the newspaper. I hope that whoever steps into that role (and everyone else involved on the editorial level) will now understand the need to switch to a Facebook login for readers wishing to make online comments, thereby eliminating (for the most part) the more delusional personal attacks made by cowardly, anonymous readers. Note: everyone knows who I am as homelessphilosopher, anyway, but I have no problem whatsoever using a Facebook login as Max Weller.

Notwithstanding the scumbag George W Hayduke.

Tomorrow, I’ll discuss election results.

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