[Hpn] Thank you my brother Eli, for opening some eyes!!
Mon, 23 Jun 2003 11:00:53 -0400
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When is a movement going to be made to demand accountability and to point
out the too high cost per homeless helped. I keep seeing figures in many of
the lists but it appears that I am the only one that thinks it shameful that
the cost per person helped is so high.
I am tired of it all, I am fed up with the missions the advocates the
soup[ kitches the advocates, and all those that say they want changes but
don't demand accountability and refuse to work toward setting up our own
co-operative homeless helping the homeless movements.
When salvation army good will all of those other thrift sotores missions and
other non-profits get donated tools equipment cars houses boats etc etc etc
and they never get to the stores to be bought for an affordable price, or
they never get put in our hands so we can get a better paying job having the
tools of the trade or they never get set up in workshop sp[ace so we can do
projects to gain an earned income or to help keep the program running
ourselves, and the so-called homeless advocates fail to brigng it to public
attention or to even hold disscussions about it amoung themselves something
is very wrong and Accountability is needed, revamping of existing orgs or
the preferabal establishing of programs by us and for uis is needed.
I am sick of seeing all of the posting about homelessness and affordable
housing and no one seems to be working on the major issue ofs what happens
to all of the donated resources and how much really comes in ( the national
co-alition for the homeless recently applyed for a $15,000 grant to do a
website ) where is the money really going to go. where does any of the
moneys go it doesn't go to the homeless it goes to people that already have
money even the orgs that are supposed to care for us if they use us tao do
work, pays us little if anything, but they are quick to pay inflated fees to
Why isn't any of you joining in in speaking out, I can't anymore will
someone take over. I have been pushing a shoping cart around with my
computer put together from dumpsters and have been treatened with arrest for
plugging it in. I have had nowhere to use the internet but the coalition and
though I like the lpeople there as individuals (not as advocates, as I have
learned to hate advocates) I hate the organization and am going to change my
environment and give up the computer,
Tinker I am off line, it makes no sense to me to be paying for a wesite
space and not be able to finish developing it.
You all just keep on pretending to be doing something, and keep on believing
rev this and rev. that really gives a damn for anything but there
organization and self edification
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 08:51:29 -0400
*NH Homeless interactive, disabled,displaced,human rights,FYI news
Give a bed: $45
NOAH: 'It's a call to the community'
By EMILY C. DOOLEY
HYANNIS - In a beach town, $45 can buy a decent dinner for two. But it can
also provide one person with overnight shelter, meals, health care and job
advice at NOAH shelter in Hyannis.
Hoping to fight homelessness one person at a time, NOAH shelter officials
are kicking off a new form of fund raising. If successful, the shelter could
be open around the clock, providing a safe and secure place for homeless
people 24 hours a day.
"We honestly think we can solve homelessness if we look at it in terms of
keeping people off the street," shelter executive director Rick Brigham
said. "It would be a wonderful thing if we could have the community around
us support us more."
At last count, 1,119 individuals on Cape Cod were homeless.
Instead of a large budget number or lofty requests to the community, NOAH
officials are hoping to solve budget problems dollar by dollar.
They have broken down costs into numbers representing each person they try
Their pledge sheet lists "care package" amounts people can donate. The
values range from one day to one year. Services for one person for seven
days cost $300. For a month, it's $1,400.
If 1,500 people, businesses or organizations pledged to cover just one day
of shelter for one person each month, that would create about $810,000 in
income annually, which is just shy of the total shelter budget.
"It's a call to the community," Brigham said. "How can we come together to
bring out a solution?"
NOAH shelter is open from 4:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily. When the shelter is
closed, homeless people usually divide their time between the streets and
the Salvation Army.
Every morning they leave the shelter, lug their belongings around all day
and return again in hopes of getting a bed.
On many occasions, there simply isn't enough room in the 50-bed facility,
which sheltered an average of 67 people each night this winter.
"They have a daily crisis of figuring out what to do," Brigham said. "We all
feel that is a very inhumane way for people to deal with homelessness."
A 24-hour system would add about $120,000 to the budget, but it would have a
marked effect, said Susanne Norman, shelter services manager. It would mean
no more flock of people waiting to gain entrance to the shelter each day.
It also means first-time clients will receive more individualized attention,
because people can arrive throughout the day rather than all at once. It
also would provide some stability to people who now spend their days without
a home base.
On one rainy day last week, people huddled under an awning outside the
shelter waiting for spots for the night.
A homeless man named Frank said a 24-hour shelter would free people of their
bags and the search for nightly housing.
"It would give lots of people more balance," said Helen Lewis, who is
homeless. "They would have access to a phone to call for jobs, to call for
For information, call 508-771-5400, ext. 357; go online to
www.haconcapecod.org or stop by the shelter at 77 Winter St., Hyannis.
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