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Sat, 4 Dec 1999 17:33:09 -0800

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I'm stumped.  I can't tell if this is for real, or some high-concept 
joke.  I checked out their website. It's just bare-bones a picture of 
the "human storage unit," which is basically a small plastic utility 
shed and a link to contact Numen Associates.  But when you run the 
cursor over the picture little text blurbs pop out to tell you of the 
unit's features.  When you run your cursor on the roof there's a 
message that says "Perfect for storing down-sized workers, veterans 
and the mentally ill."

I'm sure these guys would enjoy your comments, regardless.

chance martin
Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco

At 2:57 PM -0800 12/4/99, Eugene Marsh wrote:
>Date: Sat, 4 Dec 1999 14:57:42 -0800 (PST)
>From: (Eugene Marsh)
>Subject: Human storage unit
>Numen AssociatesŪ presents a revolutionary concept in microhousing. The
>Human Storage Unit provides accommodations and stable communities in
>modular groupings for the homeless.
>(SAN FRANCISCO, CA)- Homelessness has reached epidemic proportions in San
>Francisco. The city's homeless population has more than doubled in the last
>10 years to over 16,000! Although only the 13th largest city in the United
>States, San Francisco now has the 3rd largest homeless population after New
>York City & Los Angeles.
>The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty in Washington DC recently
>named San Francisco one of five cities especially tough on the homeless.
>According to San Francisco's Coalition on Homelessness, General Assistance
>benefits are inadequate to secure even the city's cheapest housing. While
>the average vacant single room (SRO) without a kitchen or bath rents for
>$450 per month, general assistance for single adults was reduced from $355
>per month to $287 per month in 1998. If recipients meet strict eligibility
>requirements, three other county assistance programs could boost that
>amount to a total of $355- still not enough to rent a room.
>1999 polls have shown homelessness to be the number one mayoral election
>issue, yet city policymakers demonstrate a shocking level of ignorance
>about the harsh realities of street life. Mayor Willie Brown's press
>secretary, Kandace Bender, recently stated that, "The mayor's philosophy is
>to get people off the streets, and that's not always possible if you make
>it more comfortable for them on the streets." Former SF Health & Human
>Services director Earl Rynerson echoed that sentiment, stating, "When its
>comfortable for them out there on the streets, they stay out there."
>Seeking to assuage uncomfortable voters, politicians dabble in pre-election
>'aesthetic cleansing' like the anti-camping ordinances in city parks and
>the recent shopping cart retrieval campaign proposed by Mayor Brown.
>Let's face it- big government has failed miserably and most major
>corporations have only one social agenda- to make as much money as
>possible. Only an entrepreneurial startup like Numen Associates is uniquely
>positioned to provide a hybrid solution for the problem of homelessness.
>Company founder and Conceptual Officer Eugene J. Marsh explains, "The Human
>Storage Unit is a revolutionary concept in microhousing for the homeless.
>We envision them being grouped as 'neighborhood clusters,' in parks,
>beneath highway overpasses and other locations where the homeless already
>live." He elaborates further, "Each unit is prefabricated from durable
>polyresin and is relatively inexpensive. It measures 92 cubic feet, is easy
>to assemble and can be provided with its own, matching mailbox."
>Ella Delaney, Numen Associates' Communications Agent, states that their
>video infomercial (soon available through their website) demonstrates how
>the unit can be easily cleaned and maintained by a municipal or private
>agency. She adds, "The occupants could achieve personal and material
>security by forming stable communities. These units would provide basic
>accommodations for the urban homeless in comparison to the doorways and
>makeshift cardboard structures where they now spend the night."
>As countless homeless people live and sleep on the sidewalks surrounding
>City Hall, lawyers, judges and government officials pass them by, turning a
>blind eye to the painful spectacle. The average citizen consumer is
>confused by the apparent dichotomy betweem a booming local economy and the
>blight of chronic poverty that confronts them daily. In fact, spending cuts
>and vertiginous shifts in the market economy will continue to force
>marginal populations, often veterans and the mentally ill, onto the
>streets. Meanwhile relatively inexpensive measures remain overlooked! Numen
>Associates microhousing solution converts the failures of prevailing social
>policy into a success story for those who remain unwilling or unable to be
>normalized by institutional systems.
>Except for the historical information contained herein, this press release
>contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties
>which could cause Numen Associates' actual results to differ materially
>from those discussed here, including Numen Associates' reliance on the
>efforts of its collaborative partners, the risk that Numen Associates'
>collaborations will not be successful, the risk that clinical trials will
>not proceed as anticipated or may not be successful, the risk of Numen
>Associates' early stage of development, the risk that Numen Associates will
>not be successful in entering into new collaborations, competition and
>marketing risk, the risk of unexpected difficulties and delays in the
>development of new technologies and in expanding its manufacturing
>capabilities, and general economic conditions that may affect Numen
>Associates' actual results and developments. Additional factors that could
>cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to,
>those discussed in the sections entitled ``What Factors Could Cause Our
>Results to Differ Significantly from Those You Might Expect?'' and
>``Additional Risk Factors'' in the company's reports.


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