An E-vil Proposition Looms in March '00

Coalition on Homelessness, SF (coh@sfo.com)
Mon, 27 Dec 1999 17:41:07 -0800


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An E-vil Proposition Looms in March '00


The national tidal wave of anti-homeless laws again comes crashing 
down on a San Francisco election. Proposition E (for eviction) will 
be on the upcoming March ballot threatening to evict and make 
homeless everyone on welfare who has a home and prevent homeless 
people on welfare from acquiring housing. Selfish merchants have 
conspired with greedy landlords to plan a ruse where more than six 
thousand tenants will lose their rent-controlled rooms and end up on 
the streets so that landlords can jack up the rents - all in the name 
of "giving people vouchers instead of cash so they get services 
instead of alcohol and drugs." Proposition E is Evil.

	The proponents of Proposition Evil have organized a campaign 
targeting the stupid vote - regular voters who basically do not have 
a clue about what goes on in the world of poverty and homelessness. 
Through a marketing firm they have engineered a disinformation 
campaign designed to blatantly lie to ignorant voters that tend to 
not double check their information. Check out this ignorant crap:

LIE:	Proposition E will "force GA recipients into housing."
		Debra J. Saunders - San Francisco Chronicle

TRUTH:	Proposition E will not force anyone into housing.  While 
Proposition E mandates the city to give out vouchers for housing, it 
does not mandate that people receive housing for the vouchers. 
Experts such as the Department of Human Services and the Tenderloin 
Housing Clinic been unable to get welfare recipients housing for 
years with cash.  The same homeless people who DHS can't find housing 
for with cash are not going to get housing with vouchers.

LIE:		Proposition E "could help cut down on the homeless problem..."
			Debra J. Saunders - San Francisco Chronicle

TRUTH:	The above lie is truly stupid.  Only 2,400 of the 18,500 
homeless people in San Francisco are on welfare -  12.9%. 
Proposition E will have practically no impact on people who are 
already homeless except to prevent homeless people from saving their 
grant to get housing.  However, since the over six thousand people on 
welfare who have housing won't be able to give their landlords cash 
anymore, possibly all of them will be evicted for non-payment of rent 
since landlords are not required to accept vouchers.  Proposition E 
could increase the number of homeless people in the City to over 
25,000.  Proposition E will worsen the problem.

LIE:		"...the majority" of those indigents receiving cash 
				payments...have drug and alcohol 
problems."
			Earl Rynerson - main proponent of Proposition E

TRUTH:	According to Will Lightbourne, Director of San Francisco's 
Dept. of Human Services, only a small minority if people receiving 
assistance have drug and alcohol problems - about 15%.

The above examples are not even the stupidest things these people 
have been saying - here are the most idiotic ones that don't even 
need rebuttals:

	"In San Francisco, 97% of the money raised by panhandling 
goes for 		drugs"
	"The majority of San Francisco's street people (95%-100%) are 
not `		from San Francisco."

	Once could go on and on about the foolish things proponents 
of Proposition Evil talk about, but here are some real facts that 
people need to think about:

o	San Francisco does not have substance abuse "Treatment on 
Demand" despite Willie Brown's lies to the contrary.  The current 
waiting list for treatment is approximately 1200-1400 people.

o	In a survey published in June, 1999 of homeless people with 
mental health issues, a shocking 31% of people surveyed who 
voluntarily tried to get mental health serves did not get any.

o	Currently low-income housing costs a minimum of $450 per 
month and increasing as we speak - way beyond the means of anyone 
currently on welfare.

The funny thing is (and it really is funny in a really sick way) that 
this attack on the poorest of poor people is a small part of the 
City-wide attack on working people's income and rights - yet the word 
is that there are working people out there that support giving out 
vouchers instead of cash. Proposition E(vil) enables greedy landlords 
and employers to keep their workers in virtual slavery by forcing 
workers to pay whatever rent they want and to force workers to do 
whatever task they want - or evict and fire workers into a system of 
poverty which is designed more and more every day to keep people 
down. Rent, gas, BART, milk, butter, cheese, eggs, bread, parking - 
everyday people's needs keep skyrocketing in price, but salaries 
crawl at best. While people's paychecks are stretched thinner and 
thinner, the same people making our paychecks thinner are burning the 
safety net.

The Contract On America is alive and well.

Trying to force people into housing and services that don't exist is 
a cruel joke. Vote No on E!!!


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<bigger>An E-vil Proposition Looms in March '00



The national tidal wave of anti-homeless laws again comes crashing down
on a San Francisco election. Proposition E (for eviction) will be on
the upcoming March ballot threatening to evict and make homeless
<italic>everyone</italic> on welfare who has a home <bold>and</bold>
prevent homeless people on welfare from acquiring housing. Selfish
merchants have conspired with greedy landlords to plan a ruse where
more than six thousand tenants will lose their rent-controlled rooms
and end up on the streets so that landlords can jack up the rents - all
in the name of "giving people vouchers instead of cash so they get
services instead of alcohol and drugs." Proposition E is Evil.


	The proponents of Proposition Evil have organized a campaign targeting
the stupid vote - regular voters who basically do not have a clue about
what goes on in the world of poverty and homelessness.  Through a
marketing firm they have engineered a disinformation campaign designed
to blatantly lie to ignorant voters that tend to not double check their
information. Check out this ignorant crap:


<underline>LIE:</underline>	Proposition E will "force GA recipients
into housing."

		Debra J. Saunders - San Francisco Chronicle


<underline>TRUTH:</underline>	Proposition E will not force
<italic>anyone </italic>into housing.  While Proposition E mandates the
city to give out vouchers for housing, it does <bold>not</bold> mandate
that people receive housing for the vouchers.  Experts such as the
Department of Human Services and the Tenderloin Housing Clinic been
unable to get welfare recipients housing for <italic>years</italic>
with cash.  The same homeless people who DHS can't find housing for
with cash are not going to get housing with vouchers.


<underline>LIE:</underline>		Proposition E "could help cut down on the
homeless problem..."

			Debra J. Saunders - San Francisco Chronicle


<underline>TRUTH:</underline>	The above lie is truly stupid.  Only
2,400 of the 18,500 homeless people in San Francisco are on welfare - 
12.9%.  Proposition E will have practically no impact on people who are
already homeless except to prevent homeless people from saving their
grant to get housing.  However, since the over six thousand people on
welfare who have housing won't be able to give their landlords cash
anymore, possibly all of them will be evicted for non-payment of rent
since landlords are not required to accept vouchers.  Proposition E
could increase the number of homeless people in the City to over
25,000.  Proposition E will worsen the problem.


<underline>LIE:</underline>		"...the majority" of those indigents
receiving cash 				payments...have drug and alcohol problems."

			Earl Rynerson - main proponent of Proposition E


<underline>TRUTH:</underline>	According to Will Lightbourne, Director
of San Francisco's Dept. of Human Services, only a small minority if
people receiving assistance have drug and alcohol problems - about
15%.


The above examples are not even the <italic>stupidest</italic> things
these people have been saying - here are the most idiotic ones that
don't even need rebuttals:


	"In San Francisco, 97% of the money raised by panhandling goes for
		drugs"

	"The majority of San Francisco's street people (95%-100%) are not
`		from San Francisco."

	

	Once could go on and on about the foolish things proponents of
Proposition Evil talk about, but here are some real facts that people
need to think about:


o	San Francisco does not have substance abuse "Treatment on Demand"
despite Willie Brown's lies to the contrary.  The current waiting list
for treatment is approximately 1200-1400 people.


o	In a survey published in June, 1999 of homeless people with mental
health issues, a shocking 31% of people surveyed who voluntarily tried
to get mental health serves did not get any.


o	Currently low-income housing costs a minimum of $450 per month and
increasing as we speak - way beyond the means of anyone currently on
welfare.


The funny thing is (and it really is funny in a really sick way) that
this attack on the poorest of poor people is a small part of the
City-wide attack on working people's income and rights - yet the word
is that there are working people out there that support giving out
vouchers instead of cash. Proposition E(vil) enables greedy landlords
and employers to keep their workers in virtual slavery by forcing
workers to pay <italic>whatever rent they want </italic>and to force
workers to do <italic>whatever task they want </italic>- or evict and
fire workers into a system of poverty which is designed more and more
every day to keep people down. Rent, gas, BART, milk, butter, cheese,
eggs, bread, parking - everyday people's needs keep skyrocketing in
price, but salaries crawl at best. While people's paychecks are
stretched thinner and thinner, the same people making our paychecks
thinner are burning the safety net. 


The Contract On America is alive and well.


Trying to force people into housing and services that don't exist is a
cruel joke. <bold>Vote No on E!!!



</bold></bigger>END FORWARD


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is distributed without charge or profit to those who have

expressed a prior interest in receiving this type of information

for non-profit research and educational purposes only.**




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San Francisco, CA 94102

vox: (415) 346.3740

Fax: (415) 775.5639

coh@sfo.com

http://www.sfo.com/~coh

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