Re: Proposal (fwd)

P. Myers (mpwr@u.washington.edu)
Wed, 15 Apr 1998 21:19:15 -0700 (PDT)


>From a San Diego activist with Urban Safari...latest from the Vigil to
open more shelter.

 As Joe says...send any opinions, etc. to him or Forest; they will read
and
pass on to the original author.

Pat Myers

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"To live dangerously is to live
in the Borderland, where desire,
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Joe:

If anyone cares to comment, forward to me (or Forrest) and I will
see that they (the comments) get back to the original writer...


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>Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 04:06:34
>To: cannonfodder@home
>From: forest curo <forest@cts.com>
>Subject: Proposal

>(2nd draft...grammar may not be as clean as the finished product)

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>                        The People's Establishment
>
>      Proposal
>      To:   The City Council of San Diego
>      From: The homeless of San Diego
>
>      Create a organization with a governing board which will consists of two
>      members of the downtown business community, three members selected from
>      social services who serve the homeless and six members of the homeless
>      population. Each will serve on the board for as long as they are a 
>      partof the community they represent.  The homeless representative
>      will be a current homeless person, a recently homeless person who
>      has been residentially deprived within the last five years.  The
>      homeless representative will be replaced as their situation changes
>      and disenables them from serving the governing board.  The social
>      service representative has to be currently working at a agency who
>      serves the homeless.  The downtown business community
>      representative must have a current business in the greater downtown
>      business community.
>
>      Purpose
>
>      To operate facilities to house the homeless men, women and children of
>      San Diego County in a caring, clean, safe environment.  To provide a
>      low-budget human-aware facility wherein social services will be
>      provided in a one-on-one case management manner, using volunteers
>      from the homeless community to the utmost and minimizing the use of
>      salaried professionals.
>
>      Mission
>
>      To provide to the homeless community of San Diego County a facility
>      where short and/or long term one-on-one case management will aid the
>      return to better productive citizenship.  Mentally and/or physically
>      handicapped homeless men and women will be given direction and/or
>      aid to receive maximum care to assist in their process in bettering
>      themselves. 
>
>      The residentially deprived will be assisted in job processes to
>      enable them to achieve employment, in job skills and in job
>      retention. 
>
>      The chemically addicted will be counselled into rehabilitation programs
>      with continuous case overview to ensure follow-up.  All clients will 
>      be enrolled in budget management classes, GED classes, and language
>      classes as needed.
>
>      This will be a non-profit organization with less than 10% (ten percent)
>      going into administrations.
>
>      To finance the creation of the establishment we could:
>
>            1)    We could tap into the Spring Notice of Funding Availability
>                  funds that provides for Emergency Shelter Programs to begin
>                  then could use Community Development Block Grant money
>                  and/or HOME funds to continue the upkeep for the
>                  organization.
>
>            2)    We could use funds from the U. S. Department of Housing and
>                  Urban Development with the Supportive Housing providing the
>                  funds.
>
>            3)    A combination of both of the above with funds from the
>                  County and City Public Health Funds as this Organization
>                  will be helping by maintaining a decent, healthy
>                  environment.
>
>
>                        Social Service Review Board
>
>
>                              Proposal
>
>      Create a Social Services Review Board consisting of 9 members from the 
>      homeless community.  One member from each district selected by the
>      councilmember.  One at large member selected by the entire council.  
>      Each member will serve for two years or until a change in their 
>      situation disenable them from serving on the Board.  This Board will
>      be staffed by the City Manager Office.  
>
>                              Purpose
>
>      Hire, or promote, also implement policies insuring that homeless
>      consumers can effectively use social agencies.  Make recommendations to
>      City Council regarding the state of Single Room Occupancy, transitional
>      housing, low income housing and all shelters providing aid to the
>      homeless community.  To find and develop comprehensive year round
>      shelters with one-on-one case management for directing consumers
>      through social services.  In the interim, the Board will manage the
>      operation of a safe designated environment for the homeless
>      community who sleep on the street with connections to all social
>      services and with proper hygienic facilities provided.
>
>                              Mission
>
>      To achieve a harmony with the homeless consumers, the business
community
>      and social service providers in the administration of rules and 
>      regulations concerning the unique needs of the homeless population.
>
>
>      To finance the creation of this board we could:
>
>            1)    We could tap into the Spring Notice of Funding Availability
>                  funds that provides for Emergency Shelter Programs to begin
>                  then could use Community Development Block Grant money
>                  and/or HOME funds to continue the upkeep for the Board.
>
>            2)    We could use funds from the U. S. Department of Housing and
>                  Urban Development with the Supportive Housing providing the
>                  funds.
>
>            3)    A combination of both of the above with funds from the
>                  County and City Public Health Funds as this Board will be
>                  helping by maintaining a decent, healthy environment.
>
>
>                              Homeless Housing Proposal
>
>      The homeless community is in desperate need of more short and long term
>      housing in the county of San Diego.  We propose the following:
>
>      1)    A downtown building such as the William Penn Hotel, the Walker
>            Scott building, or the area where the Woolworth's Store was, be
>            leased by the agency that is decided upon to provide the interim
>            between now and the completion of county-wide year round
shelters.
>            This agency will hire the homeless community to set up, rebuild
>            and restore the building into a short term housing facility.  The
>            homeless community will help administer the program.
>
>      2)    A fenced area fully covered with hygienic facilities such as the
>            tent at 17th and Newton Tent, the other Port district tents, the
>            used car lot area at 14th and Broadway, a empty warehouse or a
>            covered parking facility like the Concourse Parking Garage to
>            provide the homeless community with a safe, clean area to
>            sleep in the interim before other year round shelters open.

>            As above the agency will hire from the homeless community to
>            set up and administer the program.
>
>      3)    An uncovered lot such as the area at the 13th and Broadway, the
>            area south of Balboa Park Administration Building, the parking
>            lots on the eastside of the City College or the parking lots at
>            the Cruise Ship Landing that could be used as a overnight
sleeping
>            place where hygienic facilities will be provided.  As above the
>            agency will hire from the homeless community to set up and
>            administer the program.  This is very much a stop-gap measure
>            that would provide immediate help to the homeless community.
>
>            The foremost need in the homeless community is more short and
>            long term housing. 
>
>      All of these types of housing or shelters will be run by these rules
>      and  regulations developed the homeless community:
>
>      1st and foremost: NO ALCOHOL, DRUGS OR PARAPHERNALIA
>      2.  clean, safe and sanitary place to rest/sleep
>      3.  private security such as Wells Fargo
>      4.  counselling for the 51/50 mentally-ill homeless
>      5.  mandatory counselling for the drug/alcohol addicted as well as
>            random testing.
>      6.  counselling to help the people deal with the stress of being
>            homeless
>      7.  services for jobs/employment including training/placement
>      8.  transportation provided by more than one van
>      9.  health department approved kitchen and workers with periodically
>            inspections.
>      10. open year round and with 24 hours entry
>      11. staffed by professional people (ALL help need to be sent to human
>            skills classes)
>      Last and at ALL times: everyone is to be treated with kindness and
>      love.
>
>      All rules will be enforced by the staff with appeals to the governing
>      board.  Unless there is a serious offense defined by the governing
>      board, such as a criminal act or an attack on a client or staff, there
>      will be no 86 rule.  All punishment will be from one day exclusion
>      up to one year suspension of entry.  One-on-one case management
>      will be reviewed on each case to check on the staff performance, to
>      review procedures and to make adjustments as needed.