By Max R. Weller
Read the article published in the Daily Camera on 6/13/2015: Boulder’s homeless service agencies propose new day shelter options.
I’ve received a brochure from BHSC and some relevant info (edited for clarification) is copied below:
Resource Center — Bridge House case management
Monday, Thursday, Friday 8:30 to Noon at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless at 4869 N. Broadway
Tuesday, Wednesday 9:00 to 3:00 at 1603 Walnut
Overview Case Management
RTD Bus Trip Passes
Access to Benefits
Referrals to Housing
Onsite partners / access for:
- Mental Health Partners
- People’s Clinic
- Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow
- BH Ready to Work House
- BSH First Step / Transition
- Housing First
BOHO: Operates emergency Day Shelter and Overnight Shelter at faith communities
Revolving schedules and locations
(303) 605-8919 or online boulderboho.org
What is expected of you?
You must register with BHSC at the program site at which you wish to participate
At Day Service locations you will be asked to sign a Code of Conduct upon your first entry
To continue being eligible for Day Services and meals you must complete a “welcome meeting” within 7 days to orient you to program services in Boulder
At all locations you must meet the BHSC’s standards of behavior: a) All agencies post copies of the standard code of conduct, and b) Some agencies or programs post additional rules of conduct
You may be asked or expected to give back: a) Some programs will encourage you to volunteer, and b) Some programs have required chores or community service
BH, BOHO, BSH, and BHSC are funded in part by the City of Boulder, Boulder County, the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, and Foothills United Way. BH, BOHO, BSH, and BHSC do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin (ancestry), religion (creed), gender, sexual orientation / gender identity, age, disability, marital status, or military status.
My take on all of this? Other cities have done business in a similar way for decades, but I’m skeptical that the same leadership running Boulder’s alphabet soup of homeless shelter/services providers will do any better no matter how they reorganize.
Once again, they ignore the single most important step they could take (which other cities have): Prioritizing shelter/services for LOCAL homeless people, by requiring a valid photo ID with a Boulder County address.
We shall see what happens to the number of transients on our streets . . .
Tomorrow, I’ll post my thoughts on Boulder’s city elections.