Re: Greenstar

Tom Musselwhite (hac@efn.org)
Sun, 12 Dec 1999 13:06:49 -0800


Thanks Matt,  I just hate being right all the time.
Tom M.

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Sent: Sunday, December 12, 1999 6:26 AM
Subject: Re: Greenstar


> 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