Re: Fund police "homeless" program, nix Urban Ministry, Palo Alto, CA says

Mike Steindel (
Thu, 18 Mar 1999 17:16:22 -0800 (PST)

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Well thats just great. The cops get to hire a Nurse who can then tell
people they need medical attenton, if its medicinal MJ the cops can bust
them on the spot. Oh and the Social Worker can tell them that they need
to find work cause there is no more welfare, since the Feds have to ring
the U.S. with missles to save us from rogue nations. 

Well I think this is a load of crap. 62 grand buys a lot of meals,
blankets and clothing. What the hell is a nurse and social worker gonna
do. Especially ones that work for the cops. 

I have a plan to fix cities with these types of politicians. That plan
calls for "sweeping" as many homeless as possible iinto town, register
them to vote before the deadline and make their voices heard. Lets show
them what "Sweeping" is all about.  mike

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--WebTV-Mail-1733088797-64 Content-Disposition: Inline Content-Type: Message/RFC822 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7Bit Received: from ( by; Thu, 18 Mar 1999 16:03:12 -0800 (PST) Return-Path: Received: from ( []) by (8.8.8/ms.graham.14Aug97) with ESMTP id QAA02914; Thu, 18 Mar 1999 16:03:11 -0800 (PST) Received: from by (PMDF V5.1-12 #24133) with ESMTP id <> for; Thu, 18 Mar 1999 17:03:36 MST Received: from ( []) by (8.9.1/8.9.1) with SMTP id RAA26916; Thu, 18 Mar 1999 17:02:22 -0700 (MST) Received: by (SMI-8.6/SMI-SVR4-CKG 8/29/95) id RAA08895; Thu, 18 Mar 1999 17:02:01 -0700 Received: from by (SMI-8.6/SMI-SVR4-CKG 8/29/95) id RAA08828; Thu, 18 Mar 1999 17:01:52 -0700 Received: from [] ( []) by (8.8.7/8.8.5) with ESMTP id QAA25806; Thu, 18 Mar 1999 16:01:25 -0800 (PST) Date: Thu, 18 Mar 1999 16:01:25 -0800 (PST) From: Tom Boland Subject: Fund police "homeless" program, nix Urban Ministry, Palo Alto, CA says Sender: X-Sender: To: "HOMELESS PEOPLE'S NETWORK list" , Food Not Bombs list Message-id: MIME-version: 1.0 Content-type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii" Precedence: bulk *********************************************************** HOMELESS PEOPLE'S VIEWS, News, Alerts, Actions & Research 4,000+ ONLINE posts by or via homeless & ex-homeless people HOMELESS PEOPLE'S NETWORK *********************************************************** FWD San Jose [CA, USA] Mercury News - Sunday, March 14, 1999 A SHIFT IN AID FOR HOMELESS Block grant: In change of strategy, Palo Alto will fund police program, not Urban Ministry. By Ron Kitagawa - Mercury News Staff Writer In a move aimed at focusing Palo Alto's vision for helping the homeless, a city advisory committee will recommend that the city council not grant funding to Urban Ministry, the city's sole provider of ``survival'' services for the homeless. But, according to one official, Palo Alto is not abandoning efforts to aid the homeless -- it is just setting new priorities. The city wants to fund programs that focus on rehabilitation, said Suzanne Bayley, the coordinator of the city's block grants. ``The goal,'' she said, ``is to be moving (people) out of homelessness and into housing.'' Urban Ministry, she said, has distributed hot meals, blankets and bus passes and offers drop-in services. ``We (the city) wanted to target our funds to the next level of services,'' she said. The group should continue providing those basic services and the city ``should build on that.'' The ministry has asked for about $62,000 of a federal block grant. The advisory committee will recommend that the city council give nothing to Urban Ministry and instead give $60,000 to the police department, which wants to start its own program for the homeless. That plan would include hiring a public health nurse and a clinical social worker to deal directly with the homeless. ``There wasn't enough in this pot of money'' to fund both the Urban Ministry request and the police department request, Bayley said. In most cases, the city council follows the recommendation of the advisory committee, with some minor changes, Bayley said. But some items, such as Urban Ministry, may generate more discussion than others. Donna Smith-Powers, Urban Ministry's director of operations and personnel, said she wonders if the committee misunderstands what services the group provides. ``Is the Palo Alto city advisory committee awake to the fact that Urban Ministry of Palo Alto has four case managers helping people with rehabilitation on a daily basis?'' she asks. Along with survival services, the group offers a psychiatric case worker twice a week, a mobile health clinic twice a month and a doctor every week. Tom Conn, president of Urban Ministry's board of directors, understands the city must make funding choices, but said the advisory committee isn't seeing the big picture. ``To take the people who are in the trenches and make them work even harder seems a little strange,'' he said. The $62,000 Urban Ministry is requesting would make up about 11 percent of the group's $550,000 budget, Conn said. He plans to appear before the finance committee April 6 to argue the group's case. ``We haven't given up on (the money). . . . We are disappointed, not discouraged,'' he said. Another obstacle for Urban Ministry will be changing the city council's perception of the organization. Ten years ago, said Mayor Gary Fazzino, Urban Ministry was a highly regarded facilitator of homeless services for the city. But since then, he said, the leadership has been lacking. ``I believe in the Urban Ministry and think it's important to have an agency like that in the community,'' said Fazzino, who hasn't yet made up his mind on the funding issue. ``The fundamental issue is they (Urban Ministry) have to get their act together and find an outstanding (executive director),'' he said. Conn admits there has been some frequent turnover in leadership, but said the executive board has always moved swiftly to rectify any problems. ``The executive board has always been made up of good managers,'' he said. Smith-Powers added, ``In spite of staff turnover, services have not slowed down and Urban Ministry has never stopped providing services in an efficient and caring manner.'' A search committee -- which includes Councilwoman Dena Mossar -- is working to find a new leader for the group, which has had three executive directors in as many years. The committee hopes to hire an executive director by April 15. Mossar, also a member of the city council's finance committee, wouldn't comment on the specific recommendations by the city's advisory committee. But she said, ``In general, I am committed to services for the homeless.'' She added that Urban Ministry will continue to be one of many groups under the umbrella of homeless services. ``I don't think it is anyone's intention for Urban Ministry to disappear,'' Mossar said. END FORWARD **In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, this material 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.** HOMELESS PEOPLE'S NETWORK 4,000+ POSTS by or via homeless & ex-homeless people Nothing About Us Without Us - Democratize Public Policy --WebTV-Mail-1733088797-64--