Fwd: Human storage unit

Coalition on Homelessness, SF (coh@sfo.com)
Sat, 4 Dec 1999 18:45:35 -0800

You gotta check out these guy's website.


I really like the part where the little window pops out to tell you 
it's "Perfect for storing down-sized workers, veterans and the 
mentally ill."

chance martin
Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco

>Date: Sat, 4 Dec 1999 14:57:42 -0800 (PST)
>X-Sender: bx000220@pop.sirius.com
>To: edelaney@numen.net
>From: ugene@numen.net (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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