[Hpn] No room for drunks

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Tue, 03 Jul 2007 18:24:18 -0400


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Tuesday, July 03, 2007
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http://www.dawnfarm.org/2007/07/no-room-for-drunks.html

A familiar story in Boulder. Clearly there needs to be a safe place for =
everyone, but I wouldn't pile on the dry shelters. Part of maintaining a =
safe place may mean excluding some people. The community just needs to =
create alternative spaces for those people or, where resources already =
exist, improve coordination to be sure that they get to the right place.

  The death of three homeless men on the icy streets of Boulder last =
winter - including two who apparently had been barred from the county =
homeless shelter for drinking - has prompted an urgent effort to avoid a =
similar tragedy next winter.=20
  Activists for the homeless in Boulder County have also been critical =
of the shelter's policy of excluding people who are drunk.=20

  But Boulder is not alone. Nearly every shelter in the Denver area, =
citing the safety of other residents, bans intoxicated people.=20


  Policies toward alcoholics vary among area shelters, but only the =
Denver Rescue Mission will take in people who are obviously drunk. =
Others, known as "damp" shelters, will allow people who have had a few =
drinks to stay.=20

  Many, though, won't allow anyone inside who shows signs of drinking.=20

  "Our shelter is sober," said Neal Hogan of the Salvation Army, which =
runs the 300-bed Crossroads shelter for single men. Hogan said many of =
his clients are struggling with addictions and didn't need to be exposed =
to drunkenness.

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<DIV style=3D"CLEAR: both"></DIV>A familiar <A=20
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maintaining=20
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create=20
alternative spaces for those people or, where resources already exist, =
improve=20
coordination to be sure that they get to the right place.<BR>
<BLOCKQUOTE>The death of three homeless men on the icy streets of =
Boulder last=20
  winter - including two who apparently had been barred from the county =
homeless=20
  shelter for drinking - has prompted an urgent effort to avoid a =
similar=20
  tragedy next winter.=20
  <P>Activists for the homeless in Boulder County have also been =
critical of the=20
  shelter's policy of excluding people who are drunk. </P>
  <P>But Boulder is not alone. Nearly every shelter in the Denver area, =
citing=20
  the safety of other residents, bans intoxicated people. </P>
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  <P>Policies toward alcoholics vary among area shelters, but only the =
Denver=20
  Rescue Mission will take in people who are obviously drunk. Others, =
known as=20
  "damp" shelters, will allow people who have had a few drinks to stay. =
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  <P>Many, though, won't allow anyone inside who shows signs of =
drinking. </P>
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which runs=20
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