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

Butterfly Bill butterflybill@grapevine.net
Tue, 14 Nov 2000 17:16:06 -0600

Tom Boland wrote in message ...
>CC REPLIES please TO: "Homeless People's Network"
>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?

A few reasons:

When you walk in, you are greeted by the overwhelming odor of feet.

You have to keep anything really valuable in your inner pockets and
sleep on anything else. The stealing is sometimes rampant.

The people in charge sometimes want to keep the radio on all night while
you're trying to sleep.

Sometimes you have to listen to loud snoring, or someone who is hearing
voices in his head and answering out loud.

You have to be in before something like 9 PM, then you can't leave and
come back (they think you're going out to a bottle you've got stashed

They turn you out into the street at something like 6 in the morning.

It's sometimes a long walk from the shelter to the employment office
with teh day labor pool.

- Butterfly Bill