I disagree with the paving of the Arcata Marsh trails. There are other materials that can be used on trails that are natural to the area and usable by those who use a chair, walkers and other legal mobility devices. Part of the concern and bout the Trails in the marsh is the constant need for maintenance and possible new look at how the trails are laid out, but paving them would not be the thing to do.
Clam beach, according to the State Park Service has available chairs with the large wheels to travel on the beach - I have never used one because of the difficultly of transferring, but I would check in with the park service first and see what they got.
It would be nice to establish a hard surface to travel to the beach and this is a reachable goal, but it is costly and I would want to know it would be something that is not destroyed.
Friends of the Dunes are building a trail - I was old it would be accessible, but I have heard this before. I forwarded information on what is needed to be accessible and hope the advice is taken. Be nice to have access to the facility
"Even if they are ready and able to work how the hell are they supposed to even look for work living like that?"
The answer to your question was seen in the Palco Marsh, some tied to find work, while others did not. As with the comment about the Multiple Assistance Center, the above question and only being filled 50% (which is lower than it actually is) is tied to services individuals need to accept and it begins with the ability to accept mental health and rehab for addictions - something else we are short on in our area, mental health and addiction facilities that accepts Medi-cal.
"As someone asked, why are we building recreational trails when we have not taken basic steps to house mentally ill and disabled families squatting there, at the direction of the city?"
It has to do with the source of the funding where the grants were received from.
Little late, but three are discussion in Congress and in our State Legislation for funds for housing homeless (houseless).
Every year the Humboldt Housing and Homeless Coalition write for grants for improving housing, I believe recently they were awarded $854 million to fund ongoing programs established.
For the type of housing needed for immediate use the housing stock is not available - but there are a few groups working on this with proposals surely will be shared - but either way, it will take funding.
If most are under public assistance programs, I have to wonder what the monthly rent was? If an individual was on SSI/SSP they may receive $927 (includes food allowance for no cooking facilities), they would not be eligible for Food Stamps. What was the rent? I know from personal experience being on SSI/SSP staying at a motel it cost $650 a month leave $227 for food and not having cooking facilities that went fast. So, were folks charged 30% of their income or 80%?
One reason some of these motels who rent out monthly need to be closed and changed to low-income housing in my mind. If you are barely making it month to month and having to pay outrageous rents for a poorly kept room (does not take away personal responsibility) you never have an opportunity to change your condition - In a way owners of these types of facilities need to be looked at differently; are they assisting society by taking all they can get or allowing for individuals to improve their situation by charging a fair rent?
Are they stating the management and ownership of this poorly operated facility has no fault?
The manager and owner of this facility has no responsibility?
"A city run by compassionate, sensible leadership would use Eminent Domain precedence to run this property at cost, with federal and state aid, to provide desperate human beings the fundamental need for dignified independent living, the only effective antidote to homelessness."
I ike the use of Eminent Domain more in other issues as well.
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Oct 20, 2016
vol XXVII issue 42
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