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Bridge House’s ‘Path to Home’ is all about transients gaining a foothold here in Boulder, CO

HELP BOULDER COUNTY’S OWN HOMELESS PEOPLE, NOT TRANSIENTS WHO DRIFT INTO TOWN TO GRAB FREE STUFF!

By Max R. Weller

Read the story in the Daily Camera here: Boulder’s ‘Path to Home’ summer homeless sheltering to begin next month. Copied below in its entirety:

Jaxx Cross panhandles at the corner of Broadway and Canyon Boulevard on Friday afternoon. Cross, who said he is homeless, said he sleeps outside and only

Jaxx Cross panhandles at the corner of Broadway and Canyon Boulevard on Friday afternoon. Cross, who said he is homeless, said he sleeps outside and only on a couple of occasions used a homeless day shelter in town. (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)*

Boulder on Friday announced plans for a new summer homeless shelter program called Path to Home, which will debut next month.

With about $84,000 in city funding, the local organization Bridge House will run a nightly shelter for up to 50 adults per night at various faith-based sites. The program will begin July 5 and end Sept. 30.

Clients will be taken in on a “first-come, first-served” basis, the city said, with a one-week limit that Bridge House Executive Director Isabel McDevitt said will be flexible in some cases, depending on progress clients make with case managers who’ll be staffed on-site.

“We are anticipating that people will use more than seven days if they are working on a case plan that requires it,” she said. “We are going to work closely with individuals to monitor those case plans and then grant week-by-week stays depending on progress.

“Given our experience, though, we anticipate that a number of folks will use less than seven days, based on the data we have collected already around service usage of homeless adults.”

That data shows that about 20 percent of the local homeless population accounts for 80 percent of the total nights spent in Boulder shelters annually. Conversely, 80 percent of homeless people in the city will use shelters for less than a week in a given year. (Emphasis is mine — MRW.)

The city and Bridge House have not yet signed a contract, so neither side is prepared to name the faith sites that will be utilized as part of this program.

But Boulder did confirm a number of other details, including that clients will be given local bus tickets and space to store personal belongings.

Bridge House was one of two groups that responded to Boulder’s original request for proposals from those interested in running a summer sheltering program. The other was Boulder Rights Watch, a citizen advocacy group frequently critical of the city’s response to homelessness, and particularly to its urban camping ban.

“Every new bed that’s offered up is fantastic,” said Boulder Rights Watch’s Mike Homner, who also sat on the city’s Homelessness Working Group. “I’m glad that Bridge House is stepping up to the plate and I applaud their efforts, but I just think it’s too little and too late.”

He was referencing the fact that the working group completed its recommendations before the summer sheltering program was announced, somewhat on-the-fly.

“We should have had this plan in place way back when we were talking in the working group,” Homner added. “Any time we give safe places for people to sleep that are legal, I’m all for it. The worry is that it’ll be minuscule compared to what’s on the street.”

The Path to Home program, among other aspects of the city’s evolving response to homelessness, will be the subject of what’s expected to be an in-depth City Council discussion Tuesday night.

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*Mr. Cross, pictured above, won’t benefit by the offer of a one-week stay on the floor of various unnamed “faith sites” referred to in the DC article, in close proximity to unwashed inebriates from Denver and elsewhere across America. In fact, if he’s learned how to survive and be comfortable sleeping outside at night, why wouldn’t he continue to do so? The Homeless Philosopher will for a certainty . . .

It’s a program that can only serve to help integrate Alabama arsonists, Denver sex offenders, and the worst-behaved transients in general into the social services system here in Boulder, CO. Isabel McDevitt and the city staff who worked on the Path to Home scheme know this is true, and as the report points out they have an initial $84,000 as incentive.

On the other hand, it’s completely inadequate to deal with Boulder County residents’ needs on a long-term basis — which was supposed to be the new focus of homeless shelter / services here. WTF?

I would be in favor of a Real Path to Home for homeless people who foolishly come here seeking the Big Rock Candy Mountain — a bus ticket on RTD bound for Denver with a sack lunch to-go. $84,000 would probably serve to move every single bum currently loitering in Boulder’s public areas on down the road, with as much as $75,000 left over! (Allowing $5 per bus ticket and $5 for each sack lunch.) After being dropped off in Denver, they can hitchhike anywhere they please.

What happened to prioritizing shelter / services for Boulder County homeless men and women?

In closing, let me condemn the silly posturing of Boulder Rights Watch — an organization whose members couldn’t find their own butts using both hands. Mike Homner and his clueless sidekick, Darren O’Connor, have NEVER met a scurvy bum they didn’t love. This is what we need to work on ending, but Bridge House’s [Phony] Path to Home will continue to divert resources away from our own homeless residents in need.

Two reminders of transients’ recent misdeeds here:

Sunshine Fire, started by unidentified transients

“Sexually Violent Predator” Kerry Whitfield, from Denver

Random stuff 6/12/2017

HELP BOULDER COUNTY’S OWN HOMELESS PEOPLE, NOT THE WORST-BEHAVED TRANSIENTS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY!

By Max R. Weller

1) Commentaries in yesterday’s Daily Camera from both Darren O’Connor (self-styled homeless advocate) and three board members at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless were entirely predictable, regurgitating the same tired old talking points and ignoring the reality of homelessness in Boulder, CO as I present it. I won’t bother to post the links to their drivel here, but I have to wonder if BSH’s executive director has fallen into disfavor, since he wasn’t one of the trio of authors.

If the board wants to do something useful, they should fire Greg Harms first and then resign as a body.

BTW, I’m still waiting for Boulder Shelter to admit that one of their staff members did steal $350+ from my locker there last March, and compensate me for that loss — $350 is a HUGE amount of cash for any homeless person to lose, especially through no fault of their own.

2) I was enjoying sitting on the wall along the sidewalk in the 4900 block of N. Broadway yesterday afternoon, when one of the drunks came along with an overstuffed plastic grocery bag from Safeway full of various condiments. That bag ripped open, spilling everything, so he went somewhere and got another plastic bag. That, too, ripped open and all of the stuff again hit the sidewalk. He then tied up the hole in bag #2, and tried to pick it up again; this time when the contents fell out, a large glass bottle of hot sauce broke, leaving a big red puddle.

That’s why this spot in front of the Mexican restaurant looks like it was the scene of BLOODY MURDER.

I just left, briefly flying a sign on the corner of U.S. 36 before continuing on to my campsite.

3) I had been considering applying for food stamps in order to donate canned goods to a local food pantry for poor and homeless families, and also applying for the Colorado Old Age Pension (available at age 60 for those not receiving Social Security or SSI) which could be up to $700 per month. However, it remains true that there is an abundance of food available to those in need, so my donations would be superfluous, and the bureaucrats are not above trying to use cash benefits as leverage to force one into a transitional living program and then a homeless ghetto project. I know more than one hardy outdoor-type homeless man whose money was in fact cut off because he refused the substandard housing which is typically available.

OAP is NOT for me under these circumstances — and it’s EXTORTION to use it as the do-gooders apparently are. They ought to be prosecuted and jailed upon conviction.

4) Boulder City Council seems to have lost sight of what the majority of citizens want them to do about homelessness: Focus on helping Boulder County’s own homeless men, women, and children.

Everything that city staff and nonprofits are striving to accomplish only INCREASES the number of transients here.

Here’s the question we need to address:

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 . . .

What is Boulder’s city staff thinking about the Transient Migration here?

Here’s a BUM with so little respect for authority that he might as well pee and poop right in front of the Municipal Building . . . And the homeless advocates — including Isabel McDevitt at Bridge House — would be fine with it if he did!

The Homeless Philosopher says the only things he’s entitled to receive, on purely humanitarian grounds, are a bus ticket on RTD to Denver and a sack lunch to-go.

— MRW 

(E-mailed to Boulder City Council) 

Three pieces from the Daily Camera which illustrate nuttiness in Boulder, CO:

HELP BOULDER COUNTY’S OWN HOMELESS MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN — NOT TRANSIENTS WHO DISRESPECT EVERYONE!

By Max R. Weller

1) Editorial: The future of cars. Mentioning Tesla in the same context as Ford and General Motors is absurd . . . See this evaluation of the hip and trendy electric car company, quite popular among the idle rich here in Boulder: Bank of America just said there’s ‘material risk’ to the long-term viability of Tesla.

2) Sarah Martin: Save the Memorial Day duck race! Given the amount of peeing and pooping being done not too far upstream by the worst-behaved transients, this event might have been canceled due to the public health risks, anyway. See: City struggles to manage human waste along Boulder Creek.

Trash from transients is pictured next to the Boulder Creek on Monday in Boulder.

Trash from transients is pictured next to the Boulder Creek on Monday in Boulder. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

Toilet paper is pictured next to the Boulder Creek on Monday in Boulder.

Toilet paper is pictured next to the Boulder Creek on Monday in Boulder. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

I posted this haiku previously: Pee and poop in creek / Homeless dirtbags trash Boulder / City Council sleeps. They’re still snoozing, even as the Transient Migration to our city picks up steam.

3) Diane Keyser: Impeach Trump. I’ve said many times that I despise the man, but there is NO CHANCE that President Trump will be impeached by a Republican-controlled House of Representatives and then convicted in a Republican-controlled Senate. Why waste your time and energy on this chimera?

It’s only a fantasy! 

Meet ‘Joe’ — a guy who hates this blog:

There are probably hundreds of others like Joe here already, but local do-gooders want to keep them helpless and needy year-round, as they appeal for increased funding for various worthless programs. 

It’s a challenge for me with a severely arthritic right hip, but at least I stand up when I play the role of Humble Beggar at N. Broadway & U.S. 36 . . . And the only “services” I use are the showers and a small locker at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, a nonprofit I’ve donated hundreds of $$$ to in the past (before I understood what crooks they really are), and which covered up the theft of $350+ from my locker by a staff member back in March.

Joe, this entitles me to criticize them all I want. Now, go smoke some more weed! That’s why you came to Colorado, isn’t it?

— MRW