The Fox Guarding “Our Folks” House

Peace be with you

This week’s North Coast Journal ran an article “the Care Continuum.” It was a propaganda piece praising the wonders of “The Continuum of Care” model of “ending area homeless in the next ten years.” Unfortunately it is still bullshit.

The “Continuum of Care” (CoC) is, as so many terms dealing with “homelessness” are, a medical term. It was a plan designed to remove 10% of the houseless, known as the “chronic homeless,” from the streets by giving them extra services. In 2001 the Bush administration started what is called “the Chronic Homeless Initiative.” The idea of the initiative was to move “chronic homeless” into permanent housing though a “continuum of care.” HUD, Social Services, and Veterans’ Affairs, all agree that “chronic homeless” are persons homeless more than a year or several times within five years who also has a medical reason for being houseless. They also agreed that only 10% of all homeless people are “chronic homeless” – this includes physically disabled as well as mental and substance abuse.

The way the CoC works is “chronic homeless” are identified at points of contact (i.e. soup kitchens, food stamp office, and mobile outreach). Then they are assigned a “case manager.” Now would be a good time to remind the reader that all these new positions are being funded by money that used to go into food, shelter, and money to millions un and under employed USians. The case mangers then send them to other case managers of particular services. The food stamp office and the mental health department are the only two “services” available in Humboldt County, and mental health has their own jobocracy going on.

They’ve more than paid to shelter these 10% of the houseless population, but you would have to ask Fox Olsen what her gross annual income is to understand why it hasn’t done any good. Millions of dollars have come into Humboldt County under the guise of “homeless CoC dollars,” while the Endeavor has to stop feeding at 9:30 am.

In the article Fox refers to houseless people as “our folks.” They normally refer to the houseless as “consumers,” or “customers,” but really their system views them as commodities, like “our cattle.” I worked with Fox on the “Arcata Emergency Shelter and Homeless Services Plan Task Force,” and can say without a doubt she is the most houseless hating “homeless services worker” I ever met. And, I’ve met a lot!

The city of Arcata first took the Endeavor away from the people, with a “partnership” when it built the building at its current site. Now it is trying to take the feeding of people away from the non-profit Endeavor and put it in the hands of Fox Olsen and the HHHC. When you make Walmarts out of altruism you risk putting life sustaining aid in jeopardy of being controlled by a very small group of non-caring busyness owners. Every time we have a change in the city’s level of input it costs us more and we get less food, shelter, and direct services for our money. New expensive buildings will have to be built, and fewer and fewer houseless will get help to survive.

We also must look at the Orwellian phrase, “ending homelessness in ten years.” The article makes one believe that the “ten years” starts today. Look at any article about the “ten year plan,” and you see they always pretended that today is “day one” of their expensive, failure of a plan. Bush started this “chronic homeless” bullshit in 2001, so in reality it should be “ending homelessness in two years.”

Even disregarding the continual re-start of the “ten years,” the real plan is to only end “chronic homelessness” in ten years. Fox made that “ending [all] homelessness” stuff up in an effort to include all homeless into the small group they want to get funding for. It is these numbers, like “1500 homeless,” that they use to get advance funding. Consider that the “numbers” originally used to justify the ten year plan calculates that 60 houseless individuals may exist in our county which are labeled as “mentally ill.” But Phil Crandall put that 80% of houseless are “mentally ill” in the county’s Mental Health Services Act Plan. That means that 1140 homeless are not just subject to false mental health labeling, but are also the “our folks” of object for Fox and her CoC. She has boosted her potential “chronic homeless” by 20 times.

The plan for ending “chronic homelessness” involves not only massive “case management,” but information management as well. Simone Taylor talks about an $82,000 grant for “the Homeless Management Information System.” Their idea is to turn homeless people into statistics and track their lives. This “system” does nothing to address the needs of the houseless, unless of course, you consider the IBM/Holocaust connection doing something for the houseless.

Not only are their solutions way fucking expensive, but often so fucking expensive they never get past the paying salaries part. The MAC is a perfect case. In fact if one was to look at the financial records of Fox Olsen’s non-profit you will see that salaries are the number one cost. Social workers were once here to help the houseless, now they are here to pay the salaries of the grant writers. This “welfare reform” cost more, provides less, and is quickly becoming the illusion supporting our domestic market. Mother Theresa with a 401K.

Fox claimed “the idea behind the Continuum of Care and the Humboldt housing and Homeless Coalition is to get all the service providers together. But in truth they not only haven’t gotten all the service providers together, but their CoC desires have made several providers back away. And they certainly are not well looked upon by the starving houseless community watching them show off their wealth and power.

Many people see someone hungry and feed them simply because it is the right thing to do. Our community was a grass roots community where feeding people was concerned, but slowly we turned it over to people who view poverty as a genetic problem; bad breeding; brain chemistry deformities. When will the needs of the many stop being usurped by the greed of the few. Feed one another.

love eternal
tad

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2 Responses to “The Fox Guarding “Our Folks” House”

  1. "HENCHMAN OF JUSTICE" Says:

    Yep,

    All about creating government jobs so that government has a larger support base of dependents upon those jobs. This is the great mirage, or trap if you will, that future potential government employees will fall into. All these jobs are being bought for by debt. If the money were just given to homeless persons in need of assistance, the money spent would be far, far less; therefore, money saved. However, it just is not about money as it is about a power support base. Government officials manufacture their future political careers by creating dependencies who vote for those that will continue to offer financial security. These dependencies are called government employees. Right now, under Obama, the government sector is the only sector with an increasing number of jobs. Through desperation, people will hurdle each other to get these jobs – hence, the expansion of government through again, DEPENDENCY! It is criminal that government agencies twist the normalcies of life into some mental or physical disorder so that they can take advantage of anyone not their own!

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  2. fig Says:

    GOVERNMENT THUGGERY at its worst:
    is this AMerica or NORTH KOREA?????????????????

    HUMAN BEINGS DON’t need anyone’s permission to breath and
    survive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ___________________________________________________

    _______________________
    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-santa-barbara-homeless7-2009mar07,0,5901862.story

    From the Los Angeles Times
    ACLU files suit on behalf of Santa Barbara homeless
    Attorneys take issue with the city’s anti-camping ordinance and seek a court order to keep all the beds at a local shelter available year-round.
    By Steve Chawkins

    March 7, 2009

    Reporting from Santa Barbara — Accusing Santa Barbara officials of “unconscionable” violations in prosecuting homeless residents, ACLU attorneys filed a federal lawsuit Friday to overturn city bans on sleeping in public and camping at parks and beaches.

    The attorneys also said they would seek a court order to keep all 200 beds in a Santa Barbara shelter available after April 1, when half of them are scheduled for their annual closure until December.

    In forcing residents of Casa Esperanza back onto the street, the city is “manufacturing homelessness and perhaps death warrants,” Mark Rosenbaum, an attorney for the ACLU of Southern California, said at a Santa Barbara news conference. He said 11 of Santa Barbara’s homeless people have died of various causes so far this year.

    The lawsuit alleges that many homeless people are disabled and the city’s policies violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. Last month, Laguna Beach repealed its anti-camping ordinance after a similar suit from the American Civil Liberties Union. In 2003, the ACLU sued Los Angeles over arrests on skid row, ultimately striking a deal allowing most sidewalk sleeping while banning encampments.

    Santa Barbara officials said the city has been considering whether to expand the use of Casa Esperanza.

    “We were already looking at keeping the shelter open this year, and possibly going through the planning process to see if we can keep it open year-round permanently,” said City Atty. Steve Wiley. Neighbors — mostly small retailers — were initially told it would be operated at full capacity only in the four coldest months of the year, he said.

    That restriction means that social workers and physicians must oust homeless people who are sick but not acutely ill enough for one of the shelter’s 30 medical beds, according to the suit. And, from April to December, the remaining 70 beds are earmarked for people capable of joining the shelter’s job and rehabilitation programs — not the “chronically homeless,” who must leave.

    The April closure is “a real crisis for my patients,” said Lynn Jahnke, a Santa Barbara physician who works with the homeless. “They deserve a safe place to sleep.”

    City officials said their anti-camping ordinance was passed after a series of beachfront murders in the 1970s.

    “The lawsuit’s legal theory apparently is . . . that there’s a constitutional right to camp on the park or beach,” Wiley said. “We just don’t agree with that.”

    Wiley said police have not aggressively enforced the public sleeping measure for years, despite the suit’s assertion that they routinely use it “to harass and intimidate” people who have no choice but to sleep in public.

    The suit was filed on behalf of four homeless men living in Casa Esperanza. One of them, it said, had at one time run up $1,100 in fines for illegal camping and other offenses.

    steve.chawkins@latimes.com
    ______________________________________________

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