Fw: Your housing units

William Tinker (wtinker@fcgnetworks.net)
Sun, 5 Dec 1999 13:56:44 -0500

Ch@nce,Tom,and Graeme,
 I got this answer back from the micro houses......which are in reality are
lawn storage units,I am not sure if they are worth investigating further or
not I will let the more knowledgeable decide..
 "A Brother In Strife And In Peace'  Bill

----- Original Message -----
From: Ella Delaney <edelaney@numen.net>
To: William Tinker <wtinker@fcgnetworks.net>; <edelaney@numen.net>
Cc: <nhhomeless@egroups.com>
Sent: Sunday, December 05, 1999 1:51 PM
Subject: Re: Your housing units

> Thank you for your interest in Numen Associates' micro housing. While we
> acknowledge the danger in implementing "solutions" to homelessness that
> would normalize such shelter systems, we also feel that widespread
> homelessness such as exists in San Francisco & other cities in the United
> States constitutes an unacknowledged state of emergency and, like natural
> disasters such as earthquakes, should be addressed with emergency
> Our primary aim is to raise the level of awareness regarding these
> emergency circumstances.
> We acknowledge the irony embodied in our daily reality; that's what you
> reflected in the unit's illustration.
> Please tell us more about your interest in Numen Associates' micro housing
> solutions so that we can further tailor our response to your query. Are
> employed by a social service agency? Are you yourself homeless? Or are you
> one of the millions of working people who feels helpless witnessing the
> continuing suffering? Please read our press release (below) if you have
> already done so.
> Ella Delaney, communications agent
> Numen Associates
> *******************************************************************
> 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
> 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
> York City & Los Angeles.
> The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty in Washington DC
> 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
> 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
> '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
> positioned to provide a hybrid solution for the problem of homelessness.
> Company founder and Conceptual Officer Eugene J. Marsh explains, "The
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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!
> Associates microhousing solution converts the failures of prevailing
> 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
> 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.