Monthly Archives: August 2019

The Tiny House Community model around our nation

I’ve supported this because it’s a cost-effective approach which could already have put a roof over the heads of every homeless single adult in Boulder County, as contrasted to spending $24.5M in recent years to house just 115 people in need while hundreds more are left on the streets.

BTW, I was once offered a brand new $250,000 apartment in the 1175 Lee Hill Housing First project, but declined it. I much preferred camping outdoors year-round, with the peace and quiet, wild critters for company, and fresh air. (I knew the man making that offer was hoping to bribe me into supporting the homeless shelter / services industry, but he underestimated my resolve to always oppose it!)

— MRW

We don’t need unnecessary government intrusiveness in Boulder, CO!

— MRW

Cookie-cutter city council candidates in Boulder, CO

Fifteen candidates vying for the six open Boulder City Council seats in November took part in a forum at the Jewish Community Center on Thursday.

Excerpt from Colorado Daily article copied below:

Adam Swetlik: “I think there is an insane lack of funding for homeless people. … (If) we’re not going to be providing basic services around town, like bathrooms for people on the Boulder Creek Path, places to shower and clean yourself, lockers to keep your things safe, right now we’re just shoving homelessness under the rug.”

Bob Yates: “We should double (city funding for human services). When I first got on city council in 2015, our funding for human services was abysmal. It had not adjusted for inflation, it had not increased in years. In 2017, we developed a services strategy, and we wanted to focus on setting future goals and on the metrics. We didn’t want to throw money at the problem, we wanted to know if that money was achieving those goals.”

Gala Orba: “I think of homelessness, and I was really happy to work with Attention Homes, it’s a fantastic solution to a problem. It has a really good retention rate and good success rate as far as how it helps people who are young adults get off the street for life.”

Andy Celani: “I think we need greater collaboration on all levels of socioeconomic levels. You get a great idea here about how many people from different spots are very interested in the nature of our town, and improving it through making it more inclusive. … I think it’s a matter of personal respect for everyone.”

Junie Joseph: “I am running on socioeconomic diversity and political inclusion, and I don’t just talk about it. … For the past two weeks I’ve been on the ballot I’ve walked through neighborhoods and talked to people, they’ve told me about the homelessness issues that are happening.”

Nikki McCord: “I do support raising the minimum wage. But I want to pause and remember our nonprofit human service providers in this conversation, because they provide a lot of the services for the most vulnerable populations, but because of their funding structures, sometimes that money can’t go to operational costs. … I would make sure the city Human Services Fund has money that can go to operational costs.”

And let’s not forget the pressing need for REFORM in how Boulder City Council members and the mayor are chosen:

1) At least one council member should be elected from each of four districts. Four others could be elected at-large.

2) The mayor should be elected directly by the voters.

3) City council elections should occur in even-numbered years, to boost voter turnout.

4) All elected officials should serve a term of four years, limited to two consecutive terms in office.

As it is, every off-year election we have a bunch of people who subscribe to (more or less) the same pseudo-progressive platform that serves only the elites at one end of the economic spectrum and the penniless tramps at the other. The Middle Class is largely ignored, and has gradually been driven to more affordable living in nearby cities.

It’s a broken system that has long since become a parody of itself.

— MRW

Yelp review of Boulder Shelter for the Homeless

Copied in its brevity from the Yelp website:

Operates by the creed: More Homeless People = More Money, and this is generally true of every private nonprofit and government agency which belongs to the homeless shelter / services industry. Sources of funding are both public and private, and I refused to participate in the Point-in-Time Survey years ago after a BSH staff member asked me to do so “so we can get more money.” They have no incentive to end homelessness and thereby put themselves out of business.

The facility has been infested with bedbugs since 2010. It’s filthy, chores assigned to residents are often skipped, as of 8/29/2019 there are seven registered sex offenders living next to adult survivors of sexual abuse, and worst of all at least one staff member is a thief taking money and other items from residents’ lockers (they keep a log with all combinations) — I lost $350 I’d saved over several months, and the higher-ups refused to investigate or cooperate with police.

I chose to camp outdoors year-round, and only visited for a shower every morning. Beginning in May, 2018 BSH no longer allows walk-up homeless people to shower, eat breakfast, or gain access to their lockers. Everyone is in the so-called Transition Program now, which is really a revolving door from the streets to the shelter and back to the streets.

It’s a travesty of compassion.

— MRW

More BS from a ‘civic activist’ in Denver, and my response

My comment on the Colorado Independent website is copied below:

As always, I find nothing useful in this commentary from yet another self-styled neighborhood leader and civic activist.

It would be nice to see something to this effect from any of them — “We’ve spent tens-of-millions of dollars on a 10-year plan to end homelessness in Denver, now well past its fifteenth year of enabling transients from all across America, and the result is that we have more people on the streets now than ever. We’ve been wrong in our approach all along, we’re sorry for it, and we promise to stop pointing fingers at society in general.”

If we ever read or hear such truth, we should promptly look up into the sky to watch the pigs flying overhead.

BTW, my opinion is based on living as a homeless camper for a decade in Boulder. I paid close attention to what homelessness and the homeless shelter / services industry was really all about: More Homeless People = More Money. They have no intention of “ending homelessness” as they claim is their goal, because then they’d be out of business and forced to turn to honest employment.

— MRW