Tedrico's Page is Updated! (5/23)

Theodore Latham (tedrico@hotmail.com)
Sat, 23 May 1998 18:59:20 PDT

Sat, May 23, 1998

Hi There!

     Tedrico's Page has been updated! The SURVEY SEZ responses have been 
tabulated and posted, as usual, under What's New:


     The Tedrico's Page Voice of the Homeless Award was given out 5 
times this week! The award winning entries of these recipients can 
be read at:


     Homeless Headlines, Shelters -N- Soup Kitchens: In the News, 
Can You Spare a Headline, Upcoming Homelessness Conferences, 
Shelters -N- Soup Kitchens, and Statistics Say have all been UPDATED 
this week!

     I'd like to Thank each and every one of you for visiting Tedrico's 
Page on a regular basis (those who do) and helping this 
site to achieve a 95.8% increase in visits, for the month of April 
as compared to March (when I changed servers)! Click on the 
following link to see the increase:


     If French or Spanish is your native tounge ... no problem ... 
TRANSLATE the vast information on this site using the Homeless 
Information Language Translator. Ever wonder how and why so many 
Veterans are homeless today? Get the REAL deal on Homeless Vets 
under Homeless Veterans segment. Need a place to lay your head or 
get a bite to eat? You'll find it under the always updated Shelters -N- 
Soup Kitchens segment. Learn how you can improve your situation for FREE 
through the Homeless Online Betterment Opportunity Search 
(H.O.B.O.S), one of many of the broad spectrum of resources at Tedrico's 
Page!  SEE who the homeless are and FEEL what they are up against by 
reading their stories from the streets under the Meet the Homeless 
segment.  Learn how you can do your part and correctly 
teach your child to help the homeless on the Help for the Homeless page. 
For those of you who are still on the streets and don't know what to do 
during shelter shut down hours, visit the Closed Shelter Pass-Times page 
... you'll find a way to make time go by here! Also, as always, catch up 
on the latest world news events & stay abreast 
of happenings in the world of the homeless, and a whole lot more, 
all at Tedrico's Page ..... "Your Informative Homelessness Resource!"



     Each week Tedrico's Page scavenges the WWW in search of a 
controversial homeless discussion topic, and presents it to you, in 
hopes of gathering varied and invaluable feedback for analysis:

On Thu, 21 May 1998 13:34:37 -0700 (MST) Mike Davidson 
<davidson@U.Arizona.EDU> wrote:

Subject: Are Homeless Web Pages Actually Helping

Greetings, Tedrico!

I have briefly visited your Web page.  Needless to say, I am more 
than a little impressed with your efforts, particularly the time and 
energy required to post current news. If you have time, tell me a 
bit more about yourself, and whether you sense homeless Web pages 
are actually helping. Or are we merely preaching to the converted? 

Mike Davidson


On Fri, 22 May 1998 03:47:44 -0700 (PDT) Tom Boland <wgcp@earthlink.net> 

I think so, but our potential to cooperate and innovate is just 
beginning. In the long range, we can be a lot of help.  Our limited 
success in changing policy and getting folks housing via net 
resources is no reason to quit experimenting.

There's some amazing content being developed by homeless and ex-homeless 
people on the Net in the last year.  Some is focused on accessing 
services, some on building personal contacts, some on breaking news, 
some on policy.

We list and web site servers are carrying and cross-fertilizing 
some of each other's content.  This helps to spread the word about 
our loose knit and intermingling network of sites.  In short, more 
and more people are joining us for on-line discussion and off-line 
action to end homelessness and secure some power over how we choose 
to live.

On Fri, 22 May 1998 08:42:51 -0500 Joanne Werdel <WERDEL@cbpp.org> 

That's always the question isn't it, whether or not we are making an 
impact. All I can say is that:

1) The web has been extremely useful to me as a tool for gathering 
information, which I then use to impact others, through organizing issue 
campaigns or even just in daily conversation

2) To some extent, you will always be preaching to the choir, but those 
choir members then "preach" to others

3) If even a few people who had never thought about the issue of 
homelessness (or other important issues) see this information on the web 
(and there are a lot of people "surfing" nowadays) then I think that's 
worth it.



Finding Jobs for the Least Ready

     Economic recovery has made the challenge of welfare reform a little 
easier nationwide, but in Los Angeles County, with its huge welfare 
population, a respected new report says that it won't be 
good enough. The Economic Roundtable, a business group, predicts a 
shortage of jobs and a surplus of difficult-to-employ recipients. 
Many won't make a two-year deadline for finding a job unless better 
training is in place and more jobs are created, the report says.

     The economy may continue to pump up the local job market beyond 
optimistic predictions. Even so, the report projects that welfare 
recipients will vastly outnumber jobs and face stiff competition 
from the unemployed, immigrants and graduates entering the work 
force. The county welfare department, which is putting together job 
creation plans for consideration next month by the Board of Supervisors, 
ought to be reading this new report cover to cover.

     One key to keeping welfare recipients on track to independence 
is the state-sponsored GAIN job-training program. Its current focus 
is to tell applicants to try first on their own to get a job; this 
push-them-from-the-nest approach works with the top 20% of welfare 
recipients--the best educated, with work histories. But what about 
the rest?

     The study's most startling finding swas that an estimated 60% 
of the county's adult welfare population, primarily single mothers, lack 
the skills, education and work history to make them attractive 
to employers. That's a higher figure than expected. Welfare 
recipients who do find jobs are poorly paid and unlikely to receive even 
Social Security, much less health benefits.

     The worst outcome of reform would be a large percentage of welfare 
parents who have exhausted their lifetime benefits and are still 
jobless. For those at most risk, the county welfare department needs to 
supply intensive assistance. That means basic math, reading and English 
language classes, high school equivalency diplomas and "basic training" 
in work behavior--things like being on time and having a good attitude. 
Such training, though GAIN or a community college or elsewhere, ought to 
be defined as satisfying the welfare reform work requirement. Child care 
will remain a critical component, as well as transportation.

     California has given every county the freedom to build its own 
welfare system. L.A. needs to be taking better advantage of that 
flexibility to get the least-ready 60% to the point where they can hold 
a job. Without that effort, the numbers left behind on welfare, with 
only the county for a safety net, will far exceed the 20% of current 
recipients allowed by federal law.

source Los Angeles Times Commentary



There are two public screenings of "Taylor's Campaign" coming up in 
June. If you are in the Boston area or near Charlotte, North 
Carolina I hope you can take the time to make it to a show and bring 
your friends.

--June 12, Charlotte NC, Charlotte Film and Video Festival:     
Neighborhood Theater, 10pm

--June 15-18 Cambridge, MA --Four Nights Only! Harvard Film Archive
  at 24 Quincy Street, 7pm nightly! Film director in person on 
  Monday 6/15! 
--June 26 Bertha Capen Reynolds Conference in Houston, TX


Angered by laws that violate the rights of people living on the street, 
Ron Taylor ran for a seat on the city council of Santa 
Monica, California in 1994. The former truck driver slept for ten months 
in the doorway of an abandoned building after being disabled 
in an auto accident. Narrated by Martin Sheen, this inspiring, humorous 
documentary presents an intimate portrait of Taylor and his supporters: 
a group of unforgettable, hardworking people living in 
an encampment of cardboard lean-tos. They survive by "canning" -- 
gathering and selling recyclable goods -- and by finding a sense of joy 
and belonging together.


Taylor's Campaign: (75 minutes)1997  
Narrated by Martin Sheen
Directed and Edited by Richard Cohen
Produced by Amy Ziering Kofman, Richard Cohen
Videography by Gil Kofman, Baird Bryant
Assistant: Marcello Bice
A production of Raindog Films in association with Film Arts Foundation.
Released by Richard Cohen Films.

For purchase of a videotape for educational use, or to help set up 
a public screening in your town please contact -- 

Richard Cohen: 
(310) 395-3549
921 Eleventh Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403; <rbc23@juno.com>



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