Tag Archives: Boulder Shelter for the Homeless

‘COVID-19 Response’ by Boulder Shelter for the Homeless

I’ll say it again, if I were still a homeless camper in Boulder and its environs I’d avoid being with scores of others in any enclosed space for many hours at a stretch.

Even ancient people knew that fresh air and sunshine are healthy for you!

As for me, I’m fortunate enough to be in a nursing home which apparently has had no cases of the Wuhan Virus (or at least none that I’ve heard about) among either residents or staff. Contrast this with several other senior facilities in Colorado which have had many deaths.

To Boulder, CO nonprofits’ credit they haven’t sunk as low as San Francisco (not yet, anyway):

— MRW

(E-mailed to Boulder City Council.)

Alaska homeless campers agree: Shelters are unfit!

That’s certainly the case with shelters in Boulder, CO. Hundreds refuse to go through the Boulder County Coordinated Entry process in order to become eligible for the nonprofits’ so-called help . . . If you’re a homeless woman who is the survivor of sexual assault, why on earth would you want to be put into cramped quarters with registered sex offenders?

All across the country, the corrupt homeless shelter / services industry is a travesty of compassion focused exclusively on more $$$ from both public and private sources. These greedy poseurs have no intention of “ending homelessness” as they claim is their goal, because that would mean putting themselves out of business. And it’s a MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR business, tax-free!

No wonder so many of us have preferred to live outdoors, even in the harshest wintry conditions of zero-degree temps and many inches of accumulated snow. Privacy, dignity, and the satisfaction of overcoming the elements all offer their own rewards.

— MRW

(E-mailed to Boulder City Council.)

Addendum: Tiny houses multiply amid big issues as communities tackle homelessness.

STOP allowing transients to be the ‘tail wagging the dog’ in Boulder

STEP ONE: Stop making Boulder the destination city for marijuana travelers from all across the country, who consume resources that might otherwise serve Boulder County’s own homeless people — and there are hundreds, perhaps as many as half not being counted by the annual Point-in-Time survey. Give transients bus tickets back to their home states, where they can apply for and receive social services and freebies from nonprofits. It’s much cheaper than putting them into the criminal justice system here!

Boulder can NOT solve homelessness for the rest of the country, and must strictly prioritize available resources for homeless residents who can document their presence here for at least 9 months,. Other cities do this! Example from San Antonio, TX here.

It seems to me that Boulder County’s Coordinated Entry process strives to keep as many homeless people here as possible; although it’s true that Bridge House has been paying the transportation costs for some to return to their home states, more are arriving every day to replace them.

One good option would be for law enforcement to offer bus tickets in lieu of citations into court for illegal camping or any of the many other petty offenses transients tend to commit on a regular basis. Why wait for a transient to go through Coordinated Entry? Many never do, and their first contact with authority in Boulder County is the city police or county deputies, who are responding to complaints by the public.

During the decade I’ve been blogging about homelessness in Boulder, since 2009, I’ve observed all of the changes the homeless shelter / services industry has gone through. The BOTTOM LINE is that there are more homeless people on the streets now than ever, with a higher percentage being from out-of-state.

It’s clear to me that elected officials have to take the lead in resolving this crisis, never mind what the faux compassion industry leaders say . . .

— MRW

(E-mailed to Boulder City Council.)

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

Rep. Joe Neguse has one thing going for him:

He’s not as obnoxious and stupid as that buck-toothed, bug-eyed ex-bartender AOC! Even so, I think voters should hold elected officials to a higher standard, and I don’t think Joe could find his own butt using both hands.

— MRW

Grinning idiot rapist has parole hearing on Monday; could return to homeless shelter

— MRW

RTD bus driver allows runaway bus to crash in vicinity of Boulder Shelter for the Homeless

Too bad this SKIP didn’t run over the child molesters who live at BSH alongside adult survivors of sex crimes.

— MRW

Leftovers from school lunches turned into takeout meals for kids

It occurs to me that the same thing might be done with leftovers from Boulder Shelter for the Homeless and other venues that serve hot meals to the homeless in need; pass out packaged leftovers to-go as clients leave the facility in the morning, so they will have a lunch to eat later and there will be much less waste overall.

Although I rarely ate anything at BSH when I went there for a shower every morning, I couldn’t help but notice how much food was ending up in the trash barrel as breakfast trays were turned in to the dishwashers. Same thing, no doubt, with dinner trays the night before (although I stayed outdoors at night and didn’t actually see it myself).

Spread that amount of food out over the course of the day, by providing packaged leftovers, and it would be better for everyone.

I daresay the current leadership at BSH couldn’t care less about any minor point like this, but dozens of minor points being mishandled adds up to a major FUBAR mess.

— MRW