is "homelessness" a valid suspect classification?

gbacque@idirect.com
Thu, 25 Mar 1999 09:27:04 GMT


On Wed, 24 Mar 1999 20:57:44 -0800, in alt.society.mental-health
Daniel Myers <dhm@best.com> wrote:

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>For all you "equal protection" fans out there in law school land, here's a
>little gem from the new copshop manager and the former county Homeless
>coordinator who is not homeless.
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>Needless to say, we're opposing it.  The brunt of the work has been
>falling on me.  You can also look at it in terms of welfare-state
>politics.
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>ONE PAGE PROGRAM OR PROJECT SUMMARY
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>1.  Summary Statement of Community Need
>to be Addressed
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>According to the Santa Clara County 1995 Homeless Census, Palo Alto has a
>constant homeless population of approximately 150 individuals.  During
>peak times of the year, the homeless population can grow to approximately
>300.  this program will focus on the 75 homeless that are either unable or
>unwilling to break the cycle of habitual homelessness.  The program will
>allow assignment of a clinical social worker (LCSW) and a public health
>nurse to partner with police and provide direct service, referrals and
>case management to those habitual homeless clients.
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>2.  Brief Program/Project Summary
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>The proposed team will work with Santa Clara County Mental Health, public
>health and veterans agencies in an effort to place homeless individuals in
>short- and long-range treatment and housing programs.  Linking,
>integrating and networking community services are the primary objectives
>of this team.  In addition, the team will work with community programs
>(city, county, state and federal) to provide basic needs to help deter the
>cycle of homelessness for those unable to help themselves by case managing
>these clients.
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>3.  Clientele Served (describe the client population including numbers
>served, and any special characteristics)
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>The number of habitual homeless that will initially be the focus is
>approximate 75. This group consists of individuals who are chronic
>substance abusers (drug and alcohol), mentally ill, veterans and those
>with dual or multi diagnoses.
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>4.  Budget Narrative (briefly describe how the requested funds will be
>used)
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>The funds will suort a partnership between the City of Palo Alto and the
>County of Santa Clara.  The funds will primarily be used to pay the
>salaries of staff from the County assigned to this team.  The County will
>pay the cost of employee benefits.  Approximately five percent of the
>funding may be used to pay for supplies and other associated items.
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>5.  Additional comments:  In the space remaining, please highlight any
>pertinent information you feel would be helpful in evaluating your
>request.
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>The partnership being developed with this funding is currently in
>existence in at least three agencies in Southern California.  The Cities
>of Long Beach, Santa Monica and San Diego are successfully involved in
>similar types of partnerships.  Based upon the research, San Diego has the
>program that would most fit this community's needs.Their program consists
>of four members:  Two San Diego police officers, one county administrator,
>and one person from a non-profit organization related to homeless issues.  
>Their program specifically focuses on those who impose significant burdens
>on the community and themselves by existing in a perpetual cycle of abuse
>and health problems.  By linking, integrating and networking with numerous
>community services, the client's needs would be more effectively managed.
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>The above was copied from:  
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>City of Palo Alto, Community
>Development Block Grant
>(CDBG) Application Form and Funding Proposal, 1999-2000.  
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>Amount of Request - $75,000.  
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>Applicant:  Patrick Dwyer, new police chief from San Jose, and Kathy
>Espinoza-Howard, former homeless coordinator of Santa Clara County (San
>Jose), and new director of the city's Human Services department and
>coordinator of the Palo Alto Human Relations Commission.
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>There is nothing written into the proposal which indicates homeless
>participation would be voluntary.
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