Re: Fw: Your housing units

unclescam (unclescam@buskers.org)
Mon, 06 Dec 1999 00:21:35 -0500


unclescam wrote:

> ok    the population these boxes (we need a good name) are to serve is not
> millions.while we say there is an overflow in our shelters that overflow is
> generally the hardcore iconoclast dead set against following a regimen, or able
> to, obey the strictures
> of a shelter. these folk are already living the life, with substandard
> materials, and no form of security of belongings. these folks already use
> cardboard boxes......would you set up parkinglots or playing fields or central
> park or would you want them to have a bit more space apart,each to their own
> like ?  encampments on the government lawns. coffins lined up for the media.
> make two or three for the rhode island folk on the governors lawn  . who has
> the wood. they're living in tents wood is warmer.
> i.m gonna send this it is freely associated. will be back to it .
> emily cragg wrote:
>
> > I acknowledge everything you are saying.
> >
> > Let's work the legal angle from another direction. Let's say we can get our
> > trailers 1) refurbished for nothing and 2) exempted from being "vehicles" by
> > parking them in certain "approved" places. Trailer parks are unholy
> > dumps--all scrunched together. Let's junk that and redesign the whole
> > "trailer park" idea. If we have a million homeless, we have a million
> > American refugees, don't we?
> >
> > We need places for our "refugees" that they can participate in.
> >
> > How does the Military create camps for refugees out of nothing?  What do
> > they know that we could use as a proposal to deal with homelessness, as a
> > way of ending it forever? To end homelessness as a social reality forever,
> > we have to provide a short-term alternative cheap housing--not fun or
> > luxurious or prestigous--merely safe, warm and clean until "getting on one's
> > feet" becomes possible.
> >
> > What I sense is that you like the mobile way of life; but that is not
> > acceptable or even possible for many who are homeless. Most people want to
> > plant themselve somewhere where they can relate to their surroundings in a
> > predictable and positive way.
> >
> > Please keep talking. Let's get all your feelings and ideas out in the open.
> >
> > Emily
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: unclescam <unclescam@buskers.org>
> > To: emily cragg <mecragg@erols.com>
> > Date: Sunday, December 05, 1999 7:12 PM
> > Subject: Re: Fw: Your housing units
> >
> > >to use a structure already known as a vehicle raises legal problems.
> > campers
> > >and trailers are useless as they need to be on the road and liscensed, or
> > in
> > >trailer parks. what we need is a utility box on wheels big enough to sleep
> > in.
> > >one that rolls around so as to be secure but not so unwieldy that it can't
> > be
> > >handled on city sidewalks or block them. probably a better demonstration
> > >vehicle than a real living box.  last year i lived out of a 7x7x7 box in
> > alston
> > >ma. crude but acceptable to me.
> > >
> > >emily cragg wrote:
> > >
> > >> What you are describing is a "camper." There are hundreds of
> > "campgrounds"
> > >> full of "campers" and "trailers"--people who have no place else to do.
> > There
> > >> is also a secondary market in old, worn out campers and
> > >> trailers--refurbished by groups such as veterans and Goodwill.
> > >>
> > >> I do believe you are on to something.
> > >>
> > >> Let's keep it coming.
> > >>
> > >> chaiyah ["lightswitch"]
> > >> -----Original Message-----
> > >> From: unclescam <unclescam@buskers.org>
> > >> To: William Tinker <wtinker@fcgnetworks.net>; HPN <hpn@aspin.asu.edu>
> > >> Date: Sunday, December 05, 1999 3:25 PM
> > >> Subject: Re: Fw: Your housing units
> > >>
> > >> a bit on small housing. in massachusetts,,, any structure under 100 sq ft
> > in
> > >> not taxed. the land it sits on is.
> > >> it seems to me that wood or paper would be preferable to plastic. this
> > idea
> > >> of
> > >> small space shelter has been floated for years. some suggestion of boxes
> > on
> > >> wheels so that shopping carts could be dispensed with along with the
> > charge
> > >> of
> > >> theft, was layed out a month ago. one could start a homeless industry
> > >> building
> > >> these with the homeless gaing empowerment thru making their own coffin.
> > my
> > >> friend george has a plan for a solar powered unit to heat and electrfy
> > each
> > >> unit. a portable home with storage. i could use one myself.  lovyall scam
> > >>
> > >> William Tinker wrote:
> > >>
> > >> > 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
> > >> > measures.
> > >> > > 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
> > >> > see
> > >> > > 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
> > >> > you
> > >> > > 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
> > >> > not
> > >> > > already done so.
> > >> > >
> > >> > > Ella Delaney, communications agent
> > >> > > Numen Associates
> > >> > >
> > >> > > *******************************************************************
> > >> > >
> > >> > > Numen Associates® 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.
> > >> > >
> > >> > >
> > >> > >
> > >> >
> > >>
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