A LITTLE MORE ACCOUNTABILITY, A LITTLE LESS ENABLING
By Max R. Weller
Only seven (7) more nights of pampering transients from Denver and elsewhere at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless — then we can enjoy public venues once again until the middle of October.
I don’t eat there, I don’t sleep there, and if BSH closed down its morning services from 6AM-8AM (available year-round) I’d arrange to shower and store my clean clothes elsewhere. Maybe it’s to the greater good that it does close its doors permanently; certainly, NOBODY who gets caught up in staying overnight and/or getting into a “transition” program at BSH is any the better for it.
What’s the alternative, you ask? Here’s a concept springing up in progressive cities all across America:
Compare the estimated $5,000 cost of the tiny house pictured above with the $200,000+ price tag of a Housing First apartment at 1175 Lee Hill in Boulder, CO . . . We could already have housed ALL of the hundreds of homeless men and women on the streets here in tiny houses, instead of overpriced ghetto-style projects and emergency shelters.
Hand-in-hand with the tiny house concept should be prioritizing shelter/services for Boulder County’s own homeless people. Example of how this can be done: Haven for Hope in San Antonio, TX.
Hell, I’d build my own tiny survival shelter for about $100 — if I had somewhere to put it! See:
Let’s face the ugly truth: Most do-gooders are really NOT interested in either “ending” or “addressing” homelessness, and they remain committed to the failed models we see in Boulder, CO (and elsewhere). This is especially true in the cases of the executive directors of BSH and Bridge House who make annual salaries of $90,000+ and $70,000+ respectively. I don’t know what the Head Cheese at Boulder Housing Partners makes, but it’s in the same ballpark.
That’s food for thought over the weekend. Have a good one!