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Former 1175 Lee Hill Housing First resident pees in front of passersby in the 4900 block of N. Broadway

DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY, STOP ENABLING BAD BEHAVIOR!

By Max R. Weller

almost couldn’t believe my eyes as I was playing the role of Humble Beggar on the corner of U.S. 36 yesterday afternoon. This chronic alcoholic, who wasn’t content with boozing it up every day in a brand new $250,000+ apartment managed by Deacon Chris Byrne and the other enablers of Housing First, was evicted after he became violent and smashed a window. Yesterday, he stood right there on the sidewalk in front of the Mexican restaurant and urinated into the roadside ditch.

Of course, Urinating in Public by one of their pet BUMS doesn’t count as bad behavior that damages the peace and tranquility of the neighborhood — not in the mind of the MORON who made this statement in a Daily Camera commentary, Housing First programs work, last December:

In its first year of operation, the program took 31 chronically homeless individuals off the streets, including seven people who were on the municipal court high-utilizer list. After one year, 75 percent of these individuals were still housed. Of the 49 emergency-service calls made from the Lee Hill facility, 82 percent were for medical assistance and there were no calls to the police regarding Lee Hill from the surrounding neighborhood. Also, Lee Hill occupancy was 97 percent and five residents rejoined the work force. These results are consistent with other Housing First programs around the country. They are also consistent with a large body of research that shows Housing First programs save communities between $20,000 to $40,000 a year per client in reduced jail time, court appearances and emergency room visits.

Max may not see this success. But we see it every day; and that is why we will continue to provide meaningful help and hope to the vulnerable and poor in our community.

There are two reasons that Mr. Harms has always discounted incidents like those that occurred yesterday: 1) The chronic alcoholic I saw is no longer a resident of Housing First (shouldn’t this be regarded as a FAIL?), and even if he had still been living at 1175 Lee Hill his gross misconduct occurred away from the facility so it doesn’t count by their crooked standards; and 2) It’s BAD PUBLICITY and hurts fundraising efforts.

Consider the BIG LIE Mr. Harms tells in his published opinion copied above: . . . there were no calls to the police regarding Lee Hill from the surrounding neighborhood.” In fact, because I don’t own a phone, I had to ask other people who do to call 9-1-1 on several occasions due to a different Housing First resident (in good standing at that time) passing out drunk in the same ditch in the 4900 block of N. Broadway. True, I directed the emergency services dispatcher to that location — NOT to 1175 Lee Hill — but it was in fact one of the enablers’ pet BUMS misbehaving in the neighborhood, as we all knew they would when this Wet House was first proposed. Now, I don’t know if Mr. Harms was trained as a lawyer, but he surely can mislead his readers with his slick use of words.

He is right about one thing: I don’t see this success they tout, but I’ve lived in that neighborhood continuously for nine years and I see all the bulls*** which has only gotten worse since 1175 Lee Hill opened.

1175 Lee Hill case manager ‘helps’ aggressive panhandling client at N. Broadway & U.S. 36

Originally published on 4/23/2015 . . .

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A LITTLE MORE ACCOUNTABILITY, A LITTLE LESS ENABLING

By Max R. Weller

This is a TRUE tale — and further evidence that the Housing First program here in Boulder, CO is FUBAR.

Who knows what goes through the minds of Housing First program residents in their brand new apartments at 1175 Lee Hill (built at a cost of over $200,000 each)? Since this facility opened last Fall, however, I can report seeing two HF clients panhandling at the nearby corner of N. Broadway & U.S. 36. With all of the cash benefits and other social services they receive in addition to housing, you have to wonder why it’s still necessary for them to “fly a sign” as they’ve done for years previously.

The NEW 31-unit, $6 million plus Housing First project at 1175 Lee Hill in Boulder, CO

Please don’t misunderstand — this is no encroachment on me, because I gain all the…

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Boulder Froot Loops protesting again, and more

DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY, STOP ENABLING BAD BEHAVIOR!

By Max R. Weller

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I may have seen these two at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless one morning recently, but it doesn’t look as if they took advantage of free showers, free soap, free shampoo, etc.

See: Dakota Pipeline protest fuels activists’ passions in downtown Boulder from the Daily Camera. Excerpt copied below:

The Dakota Access Pipeline protest came to Boulder on Tuesday as more than 200 activists rallied in sympathy with protesters at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, with a man and woman locking themselves to the entrance of the Wells Fargo Bank on the Pearl Street Mall . . .

After about 30 minutes of speeches and songs on the lawn in front of the Boulder County Courthouse, roughly 75 of the demonstrators made their way to the nearby Wells Fargo branch at 1242 Pearl St.

Two, identifying themselves as Denise Luttrell and George Ridgik, of Jamestown, used U-locks to bolt themselves to the front entrance of the bank, while others called for people to close their accounts with Wells Fargo. That bank, and others, have loaned money to the Dakota Access project, which would run from North Dakota to Illinois . . .

While Luttrell and Ridgik were bolted to the door, a dozen more activists sat shoulder to shoulder across the bank entrance, at times linking arms with one another.

Despite Luttrell and Ridgik being bolted to the entrance, and the phalanx of protesters arrayed in front of them, bank business continued. Customers came and went through a second entrance at the southwest corner of the bank, off the mall.

Wells Fargo client Richard Hart, of Boulder, voiced mixed feelings about what was going on out front as he walked out the secondary doors, having conducted his business at the bank.

“I’m a proponent of their cause, of their statement. But, I had to make a deposit to cover my company’s payroll — $92,000. I can’t not put the money in the bank,” Hart said.

“It’s inconvenient, but so what?” he said of being forced to use an alternate entrance. “I’m as pro-Indian issues as anybody. But … I can’t work with that.”

Luttrell and Ridgik were cut loose from the bank’s main entrance shortly before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, when bank maintenance staff removed the inner door handles to which they were secured.

“There was a fire code violation of safety, and the bank did not want to be responsible for the liability to them, if something happened to people,” Boulder police spokeswoman Shannon Cordingly said. NO ARRESTS WERE MADE. (Emphasis is mine.)

It must be very frustrating to attempt to incite a police response and FAIL. Is it “police brutality” to more or less ignore these protesting Froot Loops? Some self-styled advocates may think so:

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I’ve almost run out of instant coffee; the huge jar of Maxwell House I got from a friend last October 7th is down to only a couple of days’ worth, and unfortunately this brand isn’t available at King Soopers on Table Mesa where I shop. I understand that Walmart carries it, however. (Hint.)

I had to run off one of the 1175 Lee Hill panhandlers from the corner of N. Broadway & U.S. 36 yesterday, so I could take my usual turn during the noon hour. She was not happy about having to return to her $250,000+ Housing First apartment without liquor money from passersby, either. TOO BAD! Another HF BUM who was kicked out the other day was raising hell near my campsite overnight — so I hope there will be snow and cold temps to drive them away soon. (Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow is now open nightly, operating in their network of churches and a synagogue.)

I’m at George Reynolds Branch Library this morning, and I still haven’t returned to Norlin Library on the CU campus. I just feel bad vibes from the latter, after collapsing there last April while walking across Norlin Quad. Silly, I know . . .

I may be back tomorrow, depending on how I feel with this lingering case of Boulder Shelter Crud.

Housing First residents leave $250,000+ apartments to panhandle for liquor money, and more

DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY, STOP ENABLING BAD BEHAVIOR!

By Max R. Weller

In the five weeks or so since I returned to my old neighborhood around N. Broadway & U.S. 36, I’ve observed no fewer than seven clients of Housing First at 1175 Lee Hill — the $8M project with just 31 apartments right next to Boulder Shelter for [Transients and Sex Offenders] at 4869 N. Broadway — panhandling on the corner as if they were homeless people in real need of cash to purchase life’s necessities; you know, food, clothes, camping gear, bus fare, etc. Every penny you give to these pampered HF BUMS goes to rotgut vodka, beer, cigarettes, and marijuana. This is why I’ve been “flying” this sign the past few days:

HELP BOULDER’S / SOBER HOMELESS PEOPLE / Thanks!

It’s been very well-received, and I’m grateful for all the other kinds of support (besides money) I’ve gotten from old friends in the area. This past few months has been difficult for me, both physically and emotionally, and I struggle every day not to give up and become a Housing First-eligible alcoholic myself.

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(At the time I created this meme, I’d underestimated the cost of each unit; thus the corrected figure in the title of this post.)

I call it Trump Anxiety Disorder, and I suffered from it to some degree myself before realizing that none of this blowhard’s crazy ideas that would legally require an Act of Congress will ever come to pass. Apparently, Trump himself has quietly abandoned The Wall, The Mass Deportations, The Blanket Ban on Muslims Entering the U.S., and Arresting Hillary Clinton . . . He sounds more like an establishment Republican every day — ROTFL! How do you supporters of the President-elect feel about your hero now? Me, I’m greatly relieved. BTW, I posted this on Facebook the day before the election:

I don’t want to hear a single gripe from anyone who voted for The Donald after Hillary is elected POTUS tomorrow.

YOU Trumpistas are responsible for putting another Clinton into the White House by your unbelievably misguided support of the fake Republican. Any real Republican would have defeated her easily. IT’S YOUR DAMN FAULT!!

An edit is obviously in order, and here it is:

I don’t want to hear a single gripe from anyone who voted for Hillary now that Donald Trump has been elected POTUS.

YOU Clintonistas are responsible for putting a foul-mouthed idiot into the White House by your unbelievably misguided support of the weakest Democratic candidate since McGovern in ’72. Any other Democrat would have defeated him easily. IT’S YOUR DAMN FAULT!!

See: Hitler finds out Donald Trump has won the presidential election.

‘Boulder County city consortium mulls homeless data’

DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY, STOP ENABLING BAD BEHAVIOR!

By Max R. Weller

Read the report in the Times-Call here. Quoting from it below:

“The study was able to count about 225 chronically homeless people in Boulder County. On average, each of those chronically homeless uses $43,300 each year in emergency room, police, ambulance rides and other crisis services costs.

“By contrast, to build permanent supportive housing would cost roughly $17,000 per year per chronically homeless person, said Jennie Rodgers with Community Strategies Institute.”

My online comment (posting as RealityCheck) follows:

This is the same sort of Funny Math used to scam the public in re Boulder’s 1175 Lee Hill Housing First project — it does NOT take into account the upfront cost of over $8M for the 31 units (over $250,000 each).

Consider what HF residents are doing in their north Boulder neighborhood — drinking, smoking weed, panhandling, and loitering all day in the 4900 block of N. Broadway — and any objective observer must conclude that there is no positive impact for anyone. Indeed, six HF residents have already died from alcohol-related causes at this facility!

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It’s another load of fertilizer from Boulder County, CO’s do-gooders

Seven bums on the wall in north Boulder, and more

DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY, STOP ENABLING BAD BEHAVIOR!

By Max R. Weller

We already know what it is that chronically homeless transients who flock to our fair city are doing by day and by night — but have you wondered just what goes on with those clients in 1175 Lee Hill Housing First and Boulder Shelter’s Transition Program, located next door to each other? The ones who, so we’re told, are trying to get their lives back on track with the help of millions of dollars from both public and private sources?

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No, don’t bother asking Gail Promboin (L), who sold out the neighborhood and her neighbors to buddy up with Betsey Martens of Boulder Housing Partners (R) . . . 

The Homeless Philosopher has lived in this area for over eight years now, and I’ll tell you what the Housing First and BSH Transition Program Posers are doing: Yesterday, when I arrived at my spot along the wall in front of the Mexican restaurant in the 4900 block of N. Broadway, there were no fewer than seven (7) inebriates / potheads gathered there. NOBODY was “flying a sign” on the corner of U.S. 36; they were just drinking and smoking weed and holding their typically loud and stupid conversations in the middle of what is intended to be a business / industrial district and a residential neighborhood. Two of the seven were HF residents (who are on thin ice by their own admission), one is in the Transition Program, and the other four (including one registered child molester) were street bums with varying amounts of time logged in Boulder, CO.

Outside of the confines of the facilities themselves, there is NO supervision by HF case managers or BSH staff — and when you make a complaint by any means nobody in authority takes note of it. To the contrary, Betsey Martens and Boulder Housing Partners issue a press release stating that all is well. Our worthless local news media goes along with the do-gooder party line, and meanwhile millions more dollars are being raked in by the homeless shelter / services industry.

WTF?

I do what I can to sound the alarm on this blog, and every day I’m there I pick up the trash these bums leave behind. Believe me, the situation is continuing to get worse every year!

I’ll e-mail this blog post to Boulder City Council, but it doesn’t seem that a majority of its members are interested in doing anything for folks who own businesses and work or live in this north Boulder neighborhood. Truly, it’s become the city’s de facto Homeless Ghetto. I don’t consider this any surprise, because all BCC members are elected at-large and nobody holding elective office at present has any personal stake in this part of Boulder.


I enjoyed the thunderstorm which began at 12:40AM and lasted only 15 minutes, with some hail toward the end. When I got up and crawled out from my burrow before 5AM, there were still hailstones on top of my tarp, but they had melted away in the surrounding grassy areas; this indicates that my inexpensive Walmart tarp is doing an effective job at keeping heat inside for my comfort, and indeed I slept very well after the brief period of thunder and lightning.

There was another rain shower before 6AM, but as long as the sky doesn’t leak for hours all of my gear will stay dry.

I have a box of Cap’n Crunch to snack on tonight, and if your name is Jessica Alba you’re invited to share . . .

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The original Cap’n, with sword

Homeless Philosopher’s Journal 4/25/2016

HELP BOULDER COUNTY’S OWN HOMELESS PEOPLE, NOT TRANSIENTS!

By Max R. Weller

Read The Final Postscript: The Boston Marathon 2016 . . . Congratulations to my friend, Terzah!

Sad news that one of the longtime panhandlers at N. Broadway & U.S. 36 has passed away, another casualty of years of abusing rotgut vodka: Shouting Joe from St. Louis had been suffering from cirrhosis of the liver since last summer, and when I last saw him a couple of weeks ago he looked as though he could die at any moment. Please, people, do NOT give cash to those homeless folks who are obviously under the influence while flying a sign, NOR for that matter lend your support to the 1175 Lee Hill [Death House], where at least six residents have died since this facility opened — a figure confirmed by two current residents there. Like me, Shouting Joe was a year-round camper but he would have met the same end in Housing First, a “program” which enables alcoholism by allowing clients to drink in their apartments.

I find it despicable that the do-gooders pretend to offer an option for sobriety, when the environment at 1175 Lee Hill makes that impossible to maintain:

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I’d rather pass on outdoors, too, as Shouting Joe and many others here in Boulder, CO have done . . . Of course, I intend to be sober when I meet the Reaper, and sobriety disqualifies me from gaining an apartment at any Housing First facility.

When I arrived at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless before its 6AM opening on Saturday morning, I found that someone had smashed the glass out of the north door where we hardy outdoor-types enter. A temporary fix was already in place, consisting of particle board and screws, and with a sign stating that we should use the west door. In the past, troublemakers have thrown rocks through windows at BSH and I’ll guarantee you all of this vandalism has been committed by transients who have no ties to this city, and therefore lack any respect for others. You might think the do-gooders would learn a valuable lesson from these incidents, but they continue to embrace the creed of More Homeless People = More Money. Replacing broken windows and doors is small potatoes when there are so many darn fools who will donate Big $$$ to make themselves Feel Good:

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  “I promise you, I won’t throw one more rock. 
  Didn’t say nothin’ ’bout no brick!” — Ernest T. Bass

A possibly wet forecast for the next few days in Boulder, but brief showers are never a problem for the Homeless Philosopher.

A wonderfully invigorating COLD shower this morning at BSH, as the high-tech enormously expensive hot water heater breaks down yet again, as it seems to do at least twice each year (although NEVER in the heat of summer). The typical World War II-vintage boilers I’ve known in older buildings are much more reliable, easily maintained, but certainly NOT hip and trendy enough to suit Boulderites.

Tonight at my campsite: Chef Boyardee pasta.