Unfortunately, only a minority of the homeless have $$ for a semi-permanent house of any size. The only proven solution is a tiny independent apartment as long as needed at no cost.
Utah discovered that this pays for itself from the savings in public emergency services.
Homelessness is the county's legal responsibility.
If local residents want the indigent to achieve the dignity required to be reintegrated, they will have to elect an entirely new board of supervisors capable of thinking beyond their ideological prejudices.
The current "developer board" is laser-focused on property rights.
They haven't had the staff or budget to get this done for decades and now they have 60 days?
File this with the other reports on the huge benefits for the development industry to spend whatever it takes to control county government, regardless of shrinking municipal budgets, collapsing infrastructure, water shortages, affordable housing shortages, closing schools, etc, it's full-steam ahead for the 3rd housing bubble in just one generation!
It would require a team of one dozen full-time employees a year, using Google Earth, to locate far more than the "600 remaining properties of uncertain status". There are probably thousands more that are readily identifiable from their tell-tale structures that also lack documentation.
It's SoCal redux, corrupt to the core, having their cake and eating it too.
It's up to nature now and her bat is swinging faster than the scientists estimated.
As of today, it took 9-10 months for the DA to finally respond...??? when other cases nationally, would only take 2-4... Where is the family's answers to their questions??? Is the state and county really that damn crooked?!?! SHAME... blessings.
My partner and I were thrilled to attend this event and to have the opportunity to contribute by bidding on and acquiring the "Wee" tiny home. We are grateful to Nezzie Wade, her neighbor and her 'team' who assisted in delivering the shed to our home. Homelessness is not impossible to solve, but it takes the efforts of groups such as AHHA to imagine and execute practical solutions.
The Hoopa PD will probably continue enforcing civil laws such as timber trespass, fishing, environmental enforcement and others set forth under Hoopa Tribal Codes. They will have domestic violence jurisdiction and if successful, will have Federal Police deputization. So to say the police department will be no more is wrong.
I knew her :'( R.I.P Sarah
Cash is king, cash is to be spent on drugs only, eat from a garbage can, sleep in the doorways, have kids they can play with sticks. as long as YOU marks MAKE YOURSELFS feel good by giving cash to the beggars on corners they will never seek help, For them it feels so good to be stoned before anything else kids, family, health. Sure mental issues are involved. If you MARKS had a relative robbed and beaten to death in a homeless camp or die liver , heart , lungs failure to drug abuse you would stop giving cash. Shame on Reagan for closing the mental hospitals, shame on us for building more jails instead of mental facilities. DAMIT QUIT KILLING THEASE PEOPLE BY GIVING THEM CASH, THEY WILL DIE SLOW HORRENDOUS DEATHS it make take 5 to 10 years and 100 of thousands of dollars in medical expenses but they will all die as long as you people give them cash for drugs. ( I wish there was an ordinance that you can not give cash from a car unless is not stopped and legally parked) - if you watch long enough you will see all they have to do is stand there and people will give them cash , they don't even have to leave the corner, their drug pusher will cycle by to see if they have enough cash for the next high, If they don't have enough cash he might bring a puppy by so the can increase your gilt , so YOU can give cash to make YOURSELF feel better poor starving dog remember cash is king.
I studied Chemical addictions in the 1990's as a result of my husband dying and my own life addictions and family members alcoholism, etc. I was particularly interested in the history of addiction to Methamphetamine and Heroin and also the criminalization of Cannabis. What I found out changed my whole approach to poor people and the plight of the addict. Since WW2 and especially Vietnam the use of drugs has exploded because there are more drugs in the country. Why is that you ask? Because our government has gone into all the world and gained control of these chemicals and uses the Black Market to fund it's secret missions. The addict is just a cog in the wheel of the machine that means to control the whole world. Ask yourself why the War on Drugs has not eradicated drugs from our streets. Study the phenomenon and then quit treating poor people like dirt! Poverty and addiction is a red light blinking on and off at us everyday telling us to stop what WE as a country are doing to our own people. Punishing addicts for being addicted is like punishing a child for not being grown up....it's counter productive. Housing First! has proven that when an addict is placed in housing with a worker that comes by and helps them pay their bills and keep nourishing food in the place will after 1 year most likely than not be healthier and drug free or at least using less. Get an education folks and quit being so mean! Another note to this whole subject of homelessness; most if not all have been severely abused in one form or another. They need compassion, NOT you further abusing them!!!
The complainants need to calm down. They should have been around when Walt's, the Logger and Mad River Rose were operating at the same time. Blue Lake was hopping!
With the police chief and city council member decrying the bigoted and demeaning title "Devil's Playground", all that's left is for the media to follow suit.
While you're at it, homeless people are not "camping". They don't have a house! Stop misusing the English language to heap more violations and stigma onto the destitute.
The "unbelievable crime" in Eureka is hardly limited to the homeless. Eureka, and Humboldt County, lead the state in an array of record-high statistics in property crime, murder, child abuse, suicide, police shootings, domestic violence, psychotropic prescriptions, infant mortality, overdose fatalities, the lack of affordable housing and mental health services, among numerous human services failures.
Please do this community a huge favor and start reporting the approximate dollar costs of this failure: homeless sweeps, citations, arrests, courts, attorneys, and the other related costs of avoidable emergency services; Emergency room, incarceration, mental health and drug rehabilitation admissions for the homeless. (Don't worry about the ancillary costs of lost productivity, and the needless human suffering from treatable illnesses, loss of dignity and the traumatic mental impacts, especially on youths. Too many people around here are unaccustomed to having empathy for the poor).
How, exactly, is the public supposed to believe local law enforcement, our health and human service providers, or elected official's, repeatedly telling us we can't afford to provide modest housing when no one has a clue what the current practices are costing us?
I don't blame you for not wanting to go to the Palco/Bayshore area! Have you asked CWS or Betty Chinn for help? Your child is lucky you're doing your best to keep safe, and that's what they are there for! Maybe you could let us know how it goes if you do/did ask for help? Sending my best wishes that you and yours find a way to thrive in what for many is a wonderful community!
Ok I get it I do but putting everyone down in the same exact spot is not the answer seriously some of us have children with us n are by no means are we the problems but yet I'm told I have to move my child down by all the fighting violence n heroine use forget that I'd rather go to jail than move from a spot that I know is needle free and drama free
Dear Clydeine Oglesby:
You are an arrogant hypocrite. Just to let you know, two of my roommates were homeless before they moved in with me, so you can just come down off of your "all homeless are hopeless addicts" high horse. What have you done to help the problem? Or are you just another NIMBY who sees fit to pass judgement on others? I also help support my elderly mother, too.
Not all homeless people are addicts, and not all addicts are hopeless. The fact that you see fit to spout off in unknowing judgement of all of them makes me think that you've never even tried to help.
Homeless people are often poor, elderly, disabled (physically, mentally or both), and many actually work. The fact is, we have two vacant houses in this country for every homeless person.
I suggest you educate yourself about homelessness in California: Start at http://www.wraphome.org
A small indoor second story seating area overlooking the plaza woulda been nice.
Not everyone chooses to be homeless. Circumstances beyond their control do come about. 8 years ago I found myself and our family homeless all of a sudden because the house we were renting had been sold without our knowledge. New owner came by with 72 hour notice. I wasn't on drugs or a drinker. I was a stay at home mom, now terrified. How was I to keep my babies safe and warm in middle of winter. What little money I had bought a ran down, overused rv just to keep my kids safe. I wouldn't wish homelessness on anyone, it is devastating. I am still living in an rv but now it's just a bigger one, that I worked hard to buy. NO, not every homeless person wants to be homeless!! Some maybe but definitely not all. Clydeine one day KARMA will find your nasty self and take care of your bitter heart. Hopefully sooner rather than later
But for the grace of god goes any one of us. There is a book called TENT CITY PRINCESS by Lynn Anns which is a fiction story built on interviews with the homeless population. Everyone should read it - and understand that it takes a lot less than you think to end up living out of a tent.
"It's a nice story to make you feel sorry for those that are homeless so you will put up with their drugs, violence and filth, which are the biggest problem with the homeless. I think I would be more supportive, if they were not hitting you up every time you come near one, that they didnt poop and pee on ground that drains into the bay, that they didnt destroy everything that is given to them to help with the filth and that they were trying to get out of their life of addiction.."
With what resources and access are they supposed to solve any of these problems for themselves?
What, pray tell, is being 'given to them to help' that they are making filthy?
As the media shows you every day, those with seemingly endless resources struggle with helping their loved ones to get clean of substance abuse. How do you expect people to somehow do so without support, or security, or money of any kind?
It is quite clear from your post that to you, these people's very existence is a negative impact on the community. Yet they exist. They are already in the hole, according to you and a disturbing number of people in this country, and you stand up there on the surface, clucking your tongues at them for being so low and dirty that you are disinclined to reach out and help pull them up.
It's a nice story to make you feel sorry for those that are homeless so you will put up with their drugs, violence and filth, which are the biggest problem with the homeless. I think I would be more supportive, if they were not hitting you up every time you come near one, that they didnt poop and pee on ground that drains into the bay, that they didnt destroy everything that is given to them to help with the filth and that they were trying to get out of their life of addiction.. but you see I worked with these type of folks for 30 years and they dont want to change their life. They will tell you whatever you want to hear to get what they want, which is continuing their addiction. That addiction is the strongest thing in their life. In order to change that you have to make survival a stronger need than the addiction otherwise your enabling and these empathetic stories dont help them. In the end those that want to get out of addiction will on their own because of their own motivation to survive and those that dont, will die a young death from addiction and there is NOTHING you can do that is going to change that. Give them a place to shelter up and food and your just giving them hope that they can survive with their their addiction. If you really want to help a homeless person, take one or two home with you. You will find in the beginning they will tell you what you want to hear about cleaning up and getting a job ..getting out of this situation.. what you will find, is they will continue to do their drugs and alcohol, invite friends over that you didnt invite into your home, do their addiction in plain sight of your family, not clean up after themselves and keep giving you lip service until you get so frustrated you try to toss them out.. then who knows what kind of violence you will see. Foolish foolish behavior. And if you think that was just "well one of them" try a few more and see if the outcome is any different. The general public does not want to support or deal with them nor have them effect their businesses. So it's "public" land and the public is the landlord, which means they should be removed. You want to help someone, helps someone that you might have a chance in making their life better, like a senior living off $900 a month, resettling a domestic violence person, a child in foster care that needs a forever home. That help would make a huge difference to people who do not have a negative impact on the community.
Great article, thanks for coming by and talking to everyone. Here are a couple of bits and pieces you may not have heard:
This was the notice: Some time ago an officer came by and told her it was private property; it is public property. Where Momma Kat lives is Caltrans the higher ground may be County of Education property. Then a very nice officer came by and told them about an ordinance that passed that they had to take down tents during the day and in addition to a tent could only have what would fit in a trash can. Of course that ordinance has not passed. Then a "bad cop" came by and forcefully told them to get out. Then on Wednesday on officer came by. After walking past the pile of bags of trash collected after I made a casual comment that it would be nice if there was less trash around, he commented on the trash, Kat informed him that trash was the last of the syrup that hadn't yet been put away from breakfast. They then talked about her having to leave.
That was Thursday, which I spent trying to figure out who to talk to about this. I talked to EPD, City staff, Caltrans, Sheriff's office and County Office of Education. EPD claimed they simple received a phone call. Caltrans, City staff, Sheriff's Office knew nothing. Finally a call to the owner of the dumpster brought County Office of Education into the picture. I was told the dumpster was for a clean up at the County Office (on Myrtle). I went to bed hoping the dumpster had been misplaced.
And a bit of sick humor: After telling me of their concern, that this wasn't a safe or healthy spot for homeless to camp the Caltrans told me there was good news, the land for sale so if I knew of anyone who wanted to help...
I was told that if I took Mamma Kat to the Open Door clinic they could fast track her into the MAC. The man asked for some food so he went as far as McDonalds where his request for two double cheeseburgers and a tall coke was granted. By the time we got to Open Door it was closed for lunch; I found someone who would have appreciated if I had been given a last name, but thought he knew who Kat needed to see.
While we waited outside an old friend came by and we had a lovely chat until Kat got a call that she should return because people were in her stuff. Momma Kat was inconsolable. We returned to be greeted by the Sheriff's Deputy informing us that for our protection we would need to wait there until the SWAP crew finished. I again asked if they could save this area for next week and Kat returned to her camp.
Before leaving town Kat had a chance to go by the store, the man who was stabbed four times was dropped off at the pharmacy to see if medical would pay for his prescriptions and I returned to Open Door where I was told they did not know who had referred me there, but they could not help her get in the MAC.
I left a phone message today for Kat that her son who has missing had been seen, not with the person she was concerned about, and that his picture had been given to someone who could share it.
This is so sad ; ( if I was rich I would open a homeless shelter and help people get back on there feet. Also, I know some people have been homeless there whole life and don't want help. I could go on and on about the pros n cons but I wont. It's just, terrible.
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vol XXVI issue 40
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