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

P. Myers (mpwr@u.washington.edu)
Thu, 18 Mar 1999 19:13:30 -0800 (PST)


I agree...this is a good idea, Mike...I believe you can register to
vote the day you set foot in a state.  

pat myers

On Thu, 18 Mar 1999, Judy Olsen wrote:

> Great idea, Mike.  Thanks!
> Judy O
> 
> Mike Steindel wrote:
> 
> > 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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> > Fund police "homeless" program, nix Urban Ministry, Palo Alto, CA says
> >
> > Date: Thu, 18 Mar 1999 16:01:25 -0800 (PST)
> > From: Tom Boland <wgcp@earthlink.net>
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> > http://www7.mercurycenter.com/premium/local/docs/urban14.htm
> > 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.
> >
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