Re: Greenstar

HOBOMATT@aol.com
Sun, 12 Dec 1999 09:26:02 EST


hac@efn.org writes:

<< (WILL SOMEONE
 DISAGREE WITH MY ASSERTION THAT HOMELESSNESS HAS INCREASED FOUR-FOLD IN THE
 DECADE BETWEEN 1987 AND 1996?) >>
The just-published homeless census show the numbers at about the same level 
in 1996 at at 1987.  More women w/kids, fewer "new poor", but, over all about 
the same numbers. Here in Colorado Springs, our soup kitchen feeds just about 
the same number of people now as then. As a group, the people are more 
disfunctional and more in need of supportive services now, however.  Our main 
shelter's numbers reflect the same numbers as a decade ago.
   The report cites that 60% of single homeless people and 76% of homeless 
families move off the street with supportive services. The mother of all 
"homeless campuses", the San Diego Vincent de Paul Village, claims a 70% 
success rate. If one adds together all of Colorado Springs' efforts, I would 
bet we are around 70% as well. What we are seeing at our soup kitchen these 
days (mostly) is the remaining 30%: the "treatment resistant" mentally that 
our mental health center cannot connect with, the drug/alcohol dependent and 
(dare I say it) those who prefer to live outside the mainstream. All in all, 
a much tougher group to help.
Matt Parkhouse, RN Colorado Springs, CO