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Are Boulder County’s own homeless people about to get f***ed over AGAIN?

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

By Max R. Weller

160 beds at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless and 1,600 “unique individuals” with NO priority given to those who have struggled to survive here for years? They’re called RESIDENTS, even if homeless! What is being proposed in the Daily Camera article Boulder City Council supports year-round use of homeless shelter, copied below in its entirety, is FUBAR once you examine it closely — unless you’re a lazy young traveler from who-knows-where or a registered sex offender:

Krissy Fox and Daniel Bing, who say they are homeless, hang out on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder on Monday.

Krissy Fox and Daniel Bing, who say they are homeless, hang out on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder on Monday. (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)

City Council members and some homeless advocates are hopeful that a change to the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless management plan will improve, not worsen, neighborhood relations for the shelter.

Following a three-hour discussion and public hearing Tuesday night, the council voted unanimously to approve a requested update to the management plan.

Under the drafted changes, the shelter, which sits along north Broadway near the northwest edge of the city, would open 160 beds year-round for homeless people classified as having “moderate” or “high” needs.

Those people would be allowed to stay at the shelter during the daytime, which is a change from the current system that sends clients away in the morning and welcomes them back in the evening.

Overall, the changes would represent a shift away from walk-up and night-by-night servicing and toward something more long term, in which some clients might stay a year or more in the building, according to Boulder Human Services Director Karen Rahn.

“I see these changes as making those impacts (on the neighborhood) smaller,” said Councilman Aaron Brockett, who lives near the shelter. “In the past, you had 1,600 unique individuals coming to a shelter in a given year. That number is going to go down dramatically.”

“Also, by allowing people to stay there during the day, you’re going to change the migration as well,” he added, referencing the current system that requires people to leave in the morning, and often encourages a flurry of homeless activity at particular times of day, in particular spots.

Mike Homner, a local homeless advocate, applauded the new approach.

“I am absolutely astounded that we’re hopefully going to use the shelter year-round,” he said.

His comments were echoed by several others.

But some remain wary, as will be on display Oct. 2 when the shelter hosts a “good neighbor meeting” to discuss proposed changes with those who live nearby. The meeting is planned for 5:30 p.m. at the Shining Mountain Waldorf School Gymnasium, 999 Violet Ave.

One neighbor who spoke at Tuesday’s public hearing said to expect to hear significant pushback and concern at that meeting, which several council members said they would attend.

The upcoming shift at the shelter is part of a broader change to Boulder’s response to homelessness, as reflected in a strategic document approved earlier this summer.

Starting Oct. 1, the city will transition toward a program that begins with “coordinated entry” and “navigation” services. Boulder will look to establish what is effectively a one-stop shop for homeless people seeking help.

They’d arrive at the facility — the long-term location of which is not yet known, though city staff say they’re closing in on a spot — and meet with case management staff who would then, based on a screening, refer clients either to the shelter, if their needs are higher, or to the “navigation” side, if their needs are lesser.

In the latter case, clients would then be moved toward the services they may need, including mental health care or rental assistance, city staff says.

Boulder is also working toward creating 35 “permanent supportive and rapid rehousing opportunities” for Boulder’s homeless, as support for the new strategy’s general goal to emphasize exits from homelessness, as opposed to emergency, “Band-Aid” responses.

“I think this new strategy that really emphasizes investing in getting people up and out of homelessness, rather that just in emergency shelter, is the right way to go,” Mayor Suzanne Jones said.

“I also think the shelter is a community asset and we should figure out how to make the most of it. These recommended changes, to me, make good sense in terms of really utilizing that resource year-round.”

Meanwhile, it appears that weather concerns are among the outstanding issues heading into the colder season.

In 2016, city staff reported, there were 21 days in Boulder County that qualified as having weather severe enough to trigger the opening of a special shelter.

But there are many more than 21 days from October through May that present severe health risks to those who remain outdoors, some argued at Tuesday’s meeting. Homner told council members he knows people who’ve lost digits to frostbite in Boulder.

“You must approve emergency warming centers for every night,” Sara Jane Cohen implored.

“It seems to me,” Brockett followed, later in the meeting, “that 20 days in a winter, we’re not going to get to the bar of keeping people from freezing to death.”

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Unless Boulder’s powers-that-be show some gumption and REQUIRE valid photo ID with a Boulder County address and proof of at least one year’s residency here, the 160 available beds at BSH will have a majority of transients (and/or registered sex offenders, another issue nobody wants to face up to) from outside of Boulder County (and some from other states) filling them. And where, pray tell, does Councilman Aaron Brockett think the 1,440 “unique individuals” who fail to get a bed in the shelter will be hanging out? I live in that neighborhood, too, since early 2008 — and I know that many of the worst-behaved transients will remain there; others will continue to overrun Pearl Street Mall, Boulder Creek Path, various city parks, our Main Library, University Hill, etc. The City Council is living in a Rainbows & Unicorns fantasy regarding homelessness, just as they are with municipalization.

Letting these characters lie around both night and day in their shelter bunks is ludicrous; when the Homeless Philosopher has proposed keeping BSH open as a homeless people’s day center, with access to many different services under that one roof, he meant it should be available to ALL homeless people on a walk-up basis . . . And certainly, providing bus tickets for transients to return to their own counties in Colorado or to other states would be a big part of what is offered in ideal circumstances.

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‘Boulder homeless shelter seeks input on plan to allow limited year-round and daytime sheltering’

SHELTER THE SURVIVORS OF SEX CRIMES, NOT THE PREDATORS!

By Max R. Weller

See the report in the Daily Camera here. Copied below in its entirety:

The outside of the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless as seen on Nov. 24, 2015.

The outside of the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless as seen on Nov. 24, 2015. (Brent Lewis / The Denver Post)

The Boulder Shelter for the Homeless is starting the process to inform neighbors of the facility about proposed changes to its management plan and seek input from neighborhood.

The “good neighbor process,” as it is being called, includes a public hearing before the Boulder City Council at 7 p.m. Sept. 19, in the council’s chambers at 1777 Broadway, to discuss the proposed changes and allow the public to provide input.

The management plan describes how the shelter operates, including the hours it is open, which is a requirement imposed by the city as a condition of the shelter’s land-use approval.

The Boulder City Council in June approved a new homelessness strategy that focuses on long-term solutions to the homelessness problem in Boulder.

Part of the city’s plan includes changes to the management plan at the shelter, specifically, allowing qualified residents to stay at the shelter year-round until permanent housing is found, and allowing those residents to stay at the shelter during the day.

“Qualified residents” are considered moderate- and high-need clients who are longer-term local residents unable to find housing without significant support. They are screened and assessed before acceptance into the shelter.

The shelter has planned a “good neighbor meeting” at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Shining Mountain Waldorf School Gymnasium, 999 Violet Ave., where businesses and residents near the shelter can provide feedback on planned changes, impacts on the neighborhood and how to address the impacts.

More information is available at bouldershelter.org.

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I wouldn’t trust a word they have to say. Remember their meeting regarding Housing First at 1175 Lee Hill a few years ago, which they shut down when it became obvious that neighborhood residents were insisting on having tough questions answered honestly? See the YouTube video here.

What about registered sex offenders (including Sexually Violent Predators most likely to re-offend) who are being welcomed to this facility?

You know, the hippies of the ’60s and ’70s had NO homeless shelter / services industry to serve their needs. By all accounts I’ve heard from Boulderites who were here in that era, the hippies were much happier and more peaceful than the characters in today’s Transient Migration to Boulder County, CO.

— MRW

‘Council fails community’

Read the letter-to-the-editor of the Daily Camera by Barbara Turner here. Copied below in its entirety:

Once again, the Boulder City Council disappoints. And the person most responsible for this is Mayor Suzanne Jones. From inside her cocoon of wealth and privilege, she has neither the understanding of nor empathy for the families with young children and us older folk who live in North Boulder.

Just as Bob Yates was gaining support for doing something about the fear in North Boulder, Mayor Jones shut him down. And again, after waiting three months for the subject of how to deal with the four “sexually violent predators” in Boulder to reach the agenda, it was shunted aside to another wimpy study group.

As Councilman Yates said, it is the council’s job to see that people in Boulder are safe and feel safe. For myself, just three weeks shy of 84, I cancelled my membership at the recreation center because of reports of a predator in the hot tub. I no longer walk around Wonderland Lake alone because of the presence of homeless and possibly predators in the underpass and on the paths. A few weeks ago, the Camera chart of crime statistics showed a sexual assault on 19th Street between Violet and Yarmouth.

I join the speaker who said “Shame on you, Greg Harms, for your decision to house … sexual predators at the shelter.”

There is no hope for this council. Not one of you running for re-election will have my vote.

Barbara Turner

Boulder 

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See City of Boulder Registered Sex Offenders online and note the following: 1) The address of Boulder Shelter for the Homeless at 4869 N. Broadway; 2) “B.C.T.C.” is Boulder Community Treatment Center but it’s extremely unlikely that any sex offender there is being rehabilitated.

— MRW 

SVP from Boulder Shelter lurks near Dakota Ridge neighborhood in broad daylight!

DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY, STOP ENABLING BAD BEHAVIOR! (THIS MEANS YOU, BOULDER CITY COUNCIL AND BOULDER COUNTY DA.)

By Max R. Weller

It was just a couple of days ago around 3 o’clock in the afternoon, when I was reading a book in front of the Mexican restaurant in the 4900 block of N. Broadway, that I observed Sexually Violent Predator Rodney Jobe come strolling from the direction of the RTD bus stop next to Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. He saw me sitting there giving him the stink eye, and he swaggered on down the sidewalk northbound toward the Dakota Ridge neighborhood. He stopped as soon as he got to some pine trees on the nicely landscaped property that belongs to the HOA, and lay down next to them, apparently taking care to conceal himself from the view of any residents using that sidewalk to leave their residential area:

Rodney Jobe

Sexually Violent Predator Rodney Jobe

I could still see Mr. Jobe plain as could be, having a favorable angle to do so, and I made certain the POS knew I was watching him. After an hour or so, he got up and passed by me again headed back toward BSH. This time, it was Mr. Jobe who gave me the stink eye — so I must have interfered with his plan to accost some innocent child.

This is NOT the first time I’ve witnessed suspicious behavior by one of the sex offenders living at BSH. Way back in 2010, it was a couple of convicted child molesters trolling for new victims on the SKIP bus filled with schoolkids and also lurking at the entrance to our Main Library (with cute little stuffed animals as props). Yes, I informed Boulder police and library staff so they could be on guard.

One wonders just where in blazes Boulder City Council and Boulder County DA Stan Garnett have been all this time . . . Mr. DA still doesn’t get it, when you’d expect him to be fully aware that SVP Kerry Whitfield’s two most recent victims are homeless women he met while all three were in residence at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless.

Sexually Violent Predator Kerry Whitfield

See the Daily Camera report of last night’s public hearing here: Meeting on Boulder’s sexual predators leaves some ‘more afraid’ — as well they should be. Excerpt copied below:

A public hearing Tuesday night on the monitoring, and lack thereof, of “sexually violent predators” in Boulder left many in the City Council chambers feeling more concerned than they were previously . . .

Council members appeared shocked during the hearing to learn that three of the four state-designated sexual predators in Boulder do not wear GPS monitors, and that three of them are housed at the homeless shelter on north Broadway without restrictions during the daytime.

There are currently 122 registered sex offenders in the city, according to police. Sex offenders are given the “predator” designation if they are convicted of sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact or sexual assault of a child from a position of trust, and if the victim was a stranger or someone the offender knew and planned to harm.

Based on risk assessment, sexually violent predators are considered more likely to reoffend.

How out of touch is BCC? Continuing:

The council was told that none of the four sexually violent predators in the city were referred to the halfway house at 23rd Street and Canyon Boulevard. Several members seemed disturbed to hear that — as did residents who offered public comments.

“I’m more afraid than I was three months ago,” Patricia DeAngelis Ratner told the council. “Shame on you. You didn’t know there was a halfway house in the community?”

Others on both the council and from the public also said their worry was elevated, not assuaged, by the meeting.

Of the fact that three of the predators are living at the shelter — an all-time high, according to shelter Director Greg Harms — DeAngelis Ratner added, “You know there are a majority of residents in north Boulder that are scared stiff that do not want this.”

Wrapping up:

The atmosphere on Tuesday was somber and at times tense, mainly because so many in the room were disturbed by how much they did not know about sexually violent predators in Boulder.

Again, where have they been?

As for BSH executive director Greg Harms, this is all that he cares about: Colorado paying $280 a week for ‘sexually violent predator’ to live at Boulder homeless shelter in the Daily Camera. 

Boulder Shelter loves perverts, don’t they?

See the latest outrage reported in the Daily Camera here: ‘Sexually violent predator’ moves into Boulder homeless shelter, police say. Copied below in its entirety:

David Nicolai Bland

David Nicolai Bland (Boulder Police Department / Courtesy Photo)

A man deemed to be a “sexually violent predator” has relocated from “staying in a grove of trees” along a bike path to a bed at the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, police announced Monday.

David Nicolai Bland, 43, was released from the Colorado Department of Corrections in late July and was convicted of a sexually-related crime that requires police to notify the public that he is living in the city, according to a news release.

Bland originally told police that he was homeless and would be staying in a grove of trees along the bike path to the north of Arapahoe Avenue and east of Old Tale Road.

An updated release Monday said that Bland had secured a bed at the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, located at 4869 N. Broadway, as part of the Summer Bed Program.

Bland has a conviction in Colorado for attempted sexual assault on a child and a rape by force or fear conviction in California, according to a previous police bulletin. He also has convictions for assault and felony menacing.

Sex offenders can be designated “sexually violent predators” if authorities believe they possess certain personality traits that make them likely to commit further offenses.

Residents who want more information on the relocation may contact the Boulder Police Department at 303-441-4332.

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It doesn’t matter at all to executive director Greg Harms and the board members at BSH that there are MANY vulnerable homeless people, both men and women, currently living there (including adult survivors of sexual crimes).

I loathe these clueless do-gooders!

— MRW

The Worthy Cause sales tax helps support sex offenders at Boulder Shelter

DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY FROM LOCAL NONPROFITS!

By Max R. Weller

I decided it was long overdue for the Homeless Philosopher to post this info — with supporting documentation — because so many cheerleaders of local nonprofits are repeatedly LYING. Just yesterday, someone named Craig Milder made this statement on the Daily Camera Facebook page (copied here unedited by me):

the shelter is not tax payer funded,so dont worry you’re not paying.

Well, guess what? Here’s just one of the Sugar Teats that Boulder Shelter for the Homeless and other local nonprofits are attached to: Worthy Cause III. Scroll down to page 7 for the section on Housing & Homelessness; page 8 tells about BSH in particular; page 9 details Housing First at 1175 Lee Hill and other permanent supportive housing in Boulder County, CO.

(1175 Lee Hill, billed as a collaboration between BSH and Boulder Housing Partners, also received a $4M federal grant to fund construction.)

Boulder Shelter for the Homeless has received these Worthy Cause taxes in the amounts shown by year:

2009 / $25,000

2010 / $25,000

2011 / $50,000

2013 / $58,000

2015 / $62,100

2016 / $100,000

2017 / $25,000

It’s interesting to note the amount of taxpayer support going to Attention Homes and Bridge House as well; many people claim that the latter organization is entirely supported by private donations, but that’s a BIG LIE.

I hope the registered sex offenders, including Sexually Violent Predators, who are finding refuge at BSH will appreciate the ordinary folks helping to foot the bills through the taxes they pay.(BTW, I pay sales tax here in Boulder almost every day.)

Michael Smith

Michael Smith (Courtesy photo)

Boulder, CO do-gooders on verge of winning Race To The Bottom

DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY, AND KEEP ON DEMANDING IT EVEN IF IT NEVER COMES!

By Max R. Weller

It doesn’t look hopeful at this point for all of us who see through the smokescreen of “compassion” put out by greedy — yes, GREEDY — nonprofits like Boulder Shelter for the HomelessBridge House, and now Attention Homes (no longer is their mission to help kids ages 12 through 17). Read Boulder board approves housing for homeless at 1440 Pine St. in the Daily Camera. Copied below in its entirety:

A rendering of the proposal to house chronically homeless young adults at 1440 Pine St., Boulder.

A rendering of the proposal to house chronically homeless young adults at 1440 Pine St., Boulder. (Courtesy image)

After 18 months of community debate — often unusually heated, even by Boulder’s standards — the city Planning Board on Tuesday night approved a proposal to build housing for homeless young adults in a new downtown facility.

The board voted 6-1, with member Crystal Gray representing the lone voice of dissent.

The approval will be final unless the City Council moves to call up the project for additional discussion and then overturns the vote. That seems unlikely, based on the strong support from a Planning Board with its members handpicked by the council.

Barring such action by the council, Tuesday’s OK means that the local nonprofit Attention Homes, working with Studio Architecture and the affordable housing developer Gardner Capital, can proceed with plans to construct a new three-story building on what is currently a surface parking lot at 1440 Pine St.

The building will have 40 housing units for chronically homeless people between the ages of 18 and 24.

Attention Homes will relocate its administrative offices into the facility, which will also have space for various support-based services for tenants who in most cases will be trauma victims at educational and job-training deficits.

On the ground floor of the building will be a small “grab-and-go” café — no more than nine seats will be allowed, which the local restaurant and butcher Blackbelly has agreed to operate.

The project was granted a 62 percent reduction under the amount of parking that would typically have been required.

Tuesday’s meeting was a special one called only after a May 18 public hearing on the development ran so late as to require a continuation.

That earlier hearing put on full display the myriad citizen disagreements that have long marked the project.

Many — including the dozens who offered supportive public comments at the hearing — will celebrate Tuesday’s vote as a victory for inclusivity.

Others felt the building was too tall and dense to fit in with the Whittier neighborhood. Certain project opponents said that it was too risky to put at-risk young people near a busy downtown area they said is filled with temptations.

Some took issue with the public process behind the project, and said they were not given genuine opportunities to impact the ultimate proposal.

Specifically controversial was the fact that the developers were virtually locked into the 40-unit density prior to public outreach, because the grant money they’d secured was contingent upon that level of density.

“Exactly what we’re voting on,” Gray said, “is what was put in that grant package before the concept review and before this board even got to hear the public, and before the applicant even got to hear our concerns.

“When you don’t involve people in a transparent and honest process … you’re going to have winners and losers, and we have to change that.”

Chair John Putnam pushed back.

“I would strongly disagree with the suggestion that what happened wasn’t transparent or honest. I think they were following the rules and requirements as laid out, and there are no requirements that you go to the city before asking for grants.”

Offered member Liz Payton: “We need to operate in a way that it doesn’t look like people are taking advantage of loopholes.”

In her comments on the plan, Gray also said that the office and café uses are “so incompatible” with the neighborhood. Payton said it seemed to her “like kind of an incursion” on the surroundings.

Member David Engisn said “I don’t really see that” and member Bryan Bowen said he felt the café in particular would be “really useful in normalizing” the homeless clients who will move on-site.

As a result of this vote, Attention Homes will vacate its current offices at 1443 Spruce St. and move to 1440 Pine St.

The LGBTQ organization Out Boulder County, now located a few hundred feet from the site, has a tentative agreement to move its headquarters into what will be the former Attention Homes space on Spruce Street.

Included in the approval is a plan to designate the rest of the structures on the block — including the old house occupied by Lucile’s Creole Café — as historic landmarks.

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The precedent for this kind of crooked manipulation of zoning regulations was set a few short years ago by the 1175 Lee Hill Housing First project. Partners in that enterprise, BSH and Boulder Housing Partners, claimed this Wet House was “transitional housing” which is a “use by right” in that zoning. But as soon as approval was gained, up went the signs proclaiming 1175 Lee Hill as “permanent supportive housing” — in fact, a congregate care facility specifically prohibited under the zoning rules in place. I can attest to the fact that HF clients are causing all sorts of problems out in the surrounding neighborhood, where I’ve lived for over nine years, due to their drunken and loutish behavior. Deacon Chris Byrne and the rest of the enablers on staff there can deny it, but it’s as plain as the nose on your face.

BTW, a former resident at 1175 Lee Hill, Donna the Homeless Drama Queen, threatened me just yesterday with a lawsuit because I blogged about her return from a failed alcohol rehab at Ft. Lyon (costing Colorado taxpayers at least $100K). Every word I wrote in her case was TRUE, and there are records from emergency services providers to prove it. Her new “protector” is a homeless man who left Boulder way back around Christmastime in 2013, and many of us thought he’d gone home to another state to finish drinking himself to death. I think his feelings were hurt when I couldn’t remember his name right off the bat, even though he also warned me not to blog about his pickled shenanigans in public in the future. Of course, I’ll write what I please when the time comes . . .