[Hpn] SHELTERS UNPOPULAR with many homeless people. Why? Your solutions?

Tom Boland wgcp@earthlink.net
Sun, 12 Nov 2000 16:32:47 -0800 (PST)

Why are SHELTERS UNPOPULAR with many homeless people? Is the "problem" with shelters? With homeless people? With both? How do you know for sure? Is your evidence anecdotal? Have any STUDIES been done where you live on why homeless people avoid shelters? What "reasons" did _homeless people_ give for avoiding shelters? How could "services for homeless people" become more sensitive to "homeless people's preferences"? (That's my _key_ question.) FEWER THAN ONE IN THREE HOMELESS PERSONS SEEK SHELTER in Salt Lake City, even in cold, snowy weather, according to statistics cited in the article below: http://www.sltrib.com/11112000/utah/42364.htm FWD Salt Lake Tribune - Saturday, November 11, 2000 HOMELESS BYPASS SHELTERS IN COLD Frank Curreri - The Salt Lake Tribune People living on the streets of Salt Lake City are not yet clamoring to get into homeless shelters despite the week's snow and subfreezing temperatures. Up to 6 inches of snow fell in the Salt Lake Valley on Thursday and temperatures reached a chilling low of 28 degrees early Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service. But of the 2,000 to 3,000 homeless people in the Salt Lake area, only about 555 sought beds at shelters, said Pamela Atkinson, vice president of Mission Services, a local group that helps impoverished people. That left at least 320 beds unclaimed at shelters in Salt Lake City and Midvale. Atkinson said she had expected more homeless people to flock to the shelters, but "a lot of the men just told me they were going to continue to camp out because they like their freedom." Many have stayed away so they could arrive early to stand in line at a temporary job placement agency, Atkinson said. Lines sometimes begin forming around 5 a.m., and those in the front often stand a better chance of getting work. Several agencies have handed out warm clothing, blankets and sleeping bags to many homeless people who are braving the cold, she said. However, Atkinson said many homeless men who skipped the shelter have told her that if it gets much colder, they may come in. A more intense cold front and significant snowfall could engulf the Wasatch Front by Tuesday or Wednesday, bringing temperatures in the mid-teens, the National Weather Service reported. END FORWARD **In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, this material is distributed without charge or profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving this type of information for non-profit research and educational purposes only.** *********************************************************** 9000+ articles by or via homeless & ex-homeless people INFO & to join/leave list - Tom Boland <wgcp@earthlink.net> Nothing About Us Without Us - Democratize Public Policy ***********************************************************