DONATING TO A NONPROFIT IS NOT THE SAME AS HELPING THE HOMELESS!
By Max R. Weller
Here’s my take on the situation:
Emergency overnight shelter is available from October 15th through April 30th at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless or Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow (dates will vary according to weather conditions).
Free blankets, camping gear, boots, and clothing are provided by Boulder County Cares, the street outreach of BSH from October 15th through April 30th.
In fact, just look through RESOURCES FOR THE HOMELESS IN BOULDER, CO — one of the Pages at the top of this website.
What does it all mean? It means that a homeless person in our fair city has all of his/her needs met, and then some, in terms of survival on the streets. Any disposable income that homeless individual may have, and everybody has something to spend, can be applied to cigarettes, booze, and dope. This leads to misery and death, as we’ve seen repeatedly.
It’s the law of unintended consequences in action: inappropriate compassion is killing the homeless in Boulder, CO.
When winter comes, why not hand out bus tickets to the transients who have no ties in this city to other cities in a warmer clime? Ain’t nobody freezing to death in Miami, along the Gulf Coast, or in Arizona.
All you have to do is ask any transient you see here, “Why did you come to Boulder, CO?” The answer is because this is the place transients from all over America choose to gather, and the lure of so-called legal marijuana is the most frequent response you’ll get:
Isabel McDevitt looks at the homeless people who come through the doors of her so-called day center, Bridge House, and she sees two things:
1) An opportunity for more Big Money projects to benefit only a select few of the homeless; and
2) The chance to cover herself in more glory as the Daily Camera’s go-to source in re homelessness (granted, the DC had to find a new “homeless advocate” after Jim Budd was convicted of rape and sent away for 25+ years).
The woman makes me physically ill, and so do all of the other do-gooders like her.
What can be done to improve the lives of homeless people who live in Boulder County, CO year-round? Two things occur to me:
1) Require valid photo ID showing a Boulder County address from anyone seeking homeless sheltering/services; and
2) Immediately begin construction of “tiny homes” to accommodate Boulder County’s own homeless single adults. See just one report on this growing movement in truly progressive cities across the country, Homeless People Say These 99-Square-Foot Tiny Houses Are ‘Life Changing’ from Reuters via the Huffington Post.
In other words — let’s take care of our own ASAP. The fact is, with the millions and millions of $$$ being squandered by the local nonprofits (consider the 31-unit, $6 million Housing First project at 1175 Lee Hill), every single homeless adult in Boulder could already have been housed.
An excerpt, in slightly edited form, from a post originally published on June 16, 2014.