My comment on this Fox News report follows:
NOT a long-term solution. The homeless shelter / services industry, comprised of both government agencies and private nonprofits, operates by the creed of More Homeless People = More Money. They’re not at all interested in putting themselves out of business by “ending homelessness.”
If they were, we’d see the Tiny House Community model, a cost-effective approach that could be adapted for permanent housing, gaining more support. Instead, the big players in the faux-compassion complex are mostly opposed to Tiny Houses, which can be built for $5,000 or less per unit and make use of land donated for the community site, and require sweat equity from residents, a modest monthly program fee, and a strict agreement to abide by standards of good behavior.
The worst-behaved transients would never be acceptable in this setting, but that’s why we need more secure psychiatric facilities and mandatory substance abuse rehab centers, with jail a certainty for violent homeless offenders.
Every morning at Hungry Asylum, soon after I arise about 6AM, I go online looking for interesting stories and commentaries. Seems I hit the jackpot this morning! (One of the best ideas I’ve ever had was suggesting to the Activities Dept. here that they should purchase a laptop for the use of residents; turns out I’m about the only one who wants it.)
Doesn’t seem like much of a life for any young person, and when I was that age I had lots of better things to do with my time . . .
Actually, when you reflect on it, this is a good thing . . . It’s a certain indication that society has accepted alternative lifestyles (except for the Homeless Philosopher’s).
See the PDF by clicking here.
Also see Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners available 24/7 at Boulder Community Health. I believe this should be any victim’s first stop; they will be able to contact other resources as needed.
This blog post is prompted by the misinformation currently being promoted on the Facebook page of Boulder Rights Watch.
This group purports to advocate for homeless people, and the issue of sexual assault is one that must be front and center. Instead, and this is certainly not meant as any criticism of the traumatized young woman presenting her story there, I see a lot of irrelevancies and gratuitous bashing of law enforcement. Does Darren O’Connor or Evan Ravitz or anyone else at BRW actually want to steer this victim in the right direction? Help is available now, and it will be available in the future to other victims.
When you don’t understand the difference between Boulder Police Department serving the city and Boulder County Sheriff’s Office serving the unincorporated areas, and don’t realize that doing a “rape kit” is a task for medical professionals (whose help you could seek first), and nobody you turn to at Boulder Rights Watch offers useful info, it’s no wonder you’re at wit’s end.
For more long-term counseling, see Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA) on Facebook.
None of the outside contractor’s food service workers at Hungry Asylum would last as long as a week at McDonald’s. I ate better living at my homeless campsite with no open fires, frequently dining on cold canned soup or spaghetti, sandwiches, and cookies.
In my experience, hospital food is excellent and there’s plenty of it. BUT, nursing home food seems as scarce and bland as what you’d find in a Third World refugee camp.
I’m not kidding when I say that the typical homeless shelter / services provider does a better job feeding people than the outside contractor for food services at this long-term care facility (which rakes in around $10,000 per resident per month from various sources, both public and private).