Boulder Shelter offers 15 extra nights to transients, and more

A LITTLE MORE ACCOUNTABILITY, A LITTLE LESS ENABLING

By Max R. Weller

Copied from the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless website:

Winter Sheltering services are available from October 15 through April 15 for any adult in need.  Dinner and breakfast, a safe place to sleep, storage space for personal belongings, phone and mail service, access to showers and laundry facilities, and meetings with case managers are all provided free of charge.  Intake is from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily.  All residents must be checked in by 7:00 p.m. unless prior arrangements have been made.  In order to stay at the Shelter, residents must abide by basic behavioral rules and get tested for TB.

Because of persistent rumors I’ve been hearing from homeless people, I asked two BSH staff members this morning about the closing date this year. Indeed, it’s been extended and the last night will be April 30th. No reason for it I can see, given how very mild our weather here has been since February, and it seems that the powers-that-be at this nonprofit are giving a big F*** YOU to the people of Boulder, who will already have endured six full months of the worst-behaved bums from Denver and elsewhere by the middle of this month. Time for ’em to leave!

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Now, if BSH ever decides to provide shelter/services to Boulder County’s own homeless residents exclusively (as is done at Haven for Hope in San Antonio, TX), they could leave the place open year-round as far as I’m concerned. The transient free-for-all has got to come to an end, if the City of Boulder is to have any chance of getting a handle on the numbers of homeless people on the streets, and reduce the chaos they bring to our popular public venues (such as Central Park/Boulder Creek Path, Pearl Street Mall, and University Hill).

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The “Man With No Name” has it right. 

Worst drivers anywhere in the USA, right here in Colorado; the fact that so many of ’em are drunk and/or stoned has got to be the reason: Multi-car pileup closes U.S. 36 in both directions just outside Boulder in the Daily Camera.

If I’m lucky, King Soopers on Table Mesa might have a discounted 1/2 peach pie this morning. I can’t justify paying the full price, especially since I need to buy a new pair of Crocs.

That’s all for now . . .

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