What does Humboldt Plan to do to its Homeless?

Peace be with you

Phase I of the Rob  Amerman “Homeless Plan” is ready. Because I’m houseless, because I’m a houseless advocate, because I talk about houseless issues with houseless people every single day, because I have studied this type of shit for a long time, and because that’s just who I am, I am going to deconstruct this bullshit. I don’t know how many posts it will take, but I shall.

The plans title is “Humboldt County Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness,” yet in the very first paragraph the plan is “Phase I is an evolving document . . . to prevent and reduce homelessness.” How’s that ending homelessness? Shouldn’t it be a document to END homelessness?”

The second paragraph says, “core components in Phase I of the Plan recommend initial target populations and strategies required to implement sustainable and integrated approaches to impact this complex national problem.”  When you go to page 3 you see the title “Core Strategies.”  Under this title it says, “the following recommendations outline the Core Strategies Humboldt County can use under Phase II . . . to prevent and reduce homelessness.”

Besides the obvious fact that phase II has the same unaccomplished goals as phase I, what are the “strategies to prevent and reduce homelessness” recommended in the plan?  Well the Core Strategies recommend to (1) “develop and maintain accurate and ongoing data,” (2) “develop and maintain information,” and (3) “develop and maintain an evolving menu.”

What about the target population?   Under the title “Target Populations” it says “The Humboldt County Ten Year Plan: Phase I recommends expanding the target populations beyond the HUD definition.”   The HUD definition of a homelessness is:

§11302. General definition of homeless individual

(a) In general

For purposes of this chapter, the term “homeless” or “homeless individual or homeless person” includes—

  1. an individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and
  2. an individual who has a primary nighttime residence that is —
    1. a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill);
    2. an institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized; or
    3. a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.

The only way that the County can take their Homeless policies “beyond” the HUD definition is to take it into the realm of the housed.  They want to expand the HUD definition of homelessness to include “older adults with sever mental illness and/or with co-occurring substance abuse disorders,” “foster youth aging out of Humboldt County’s Foster Care System,” “Humboldt County transitional age youth with serious emotional disorders,” and “families.”

A plan that targets people “beyond the HUD definition” should not be considered part of an “end homelessness plan.” Especially a plan that only calls for collecting data on houseless people.

This whole $70,000 plan comes down to the recommendation that data be gathered.  That’s it!  Not a single unhoused person, nor potential unhoused person, will be fed, housed, or given one ounce of dignity from this plan or the data it recommends we waste yet more money on collecting.

This segues nicely into the third Paragraph of the plan.  The third paragraph says, “due to limited resources despite increasing needs, the Plan recommends a focus on Humboldt County residents.”  What do they mean “limited resources?”  Of course the have limited resources they just fucking wasted $70,000 to write a plan that finds squandering even more money intelligent.  To put this in perspective $70,000 is more than the entire Arcata Endeavor’s food budget for the year.

Enormous amounts of money are spent so high paid Behavioral and Social Science graduates can plan, manage, and collect data on homeless people.  Hiring these high paid graduates, also called social engineers, is literately coming from money that use to actually go towards helping people.   This superfluous spending has been going on for 9 years and today houseless people have substantially less real help than ever.

I’m not through with this, I plan on writing another post on the bullshit contained in the section titled “Data of Homelessness in Humboldt County.”  I will try to pay special attention to known houseless hating bigots involved.   We see the return of push poll expert Jane Holschuh in this plan.  Also more from the anti-houseless at Humboldt Housing and Homeless Coalition, and many more bad interpretations from greedy poverty pimps.  I would do it now, but I really don’t know how to put posted notes on web pdfs, so you will have to wait until I get a printed copy of this plan. The plan will be approved Tuesday at the afternoon supes meeting.

love eternal
tad

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15 Responses to “What does Humboldt Plan to do to its Homeless?”

  1. SoHumNoob Says:

    Do Christian Churches in the area help house and feed the houseless?

    If they do or did would you accept it or does it come with stings?

    Signed,

    Youdontknowme

  2. theplazoid Says:

    Peace be with you

    I think there are a few churches which feed once in a while. I typically don’t eat at free meals, one, due to my special diet, and two because I am able to take care of myself and others have a greater need. In Eureka the mission requires christian worship. I am against that of course, and would not stay at the mission if I lived in Eureka.

    As far as churches housing houseless people in Arcata. We had one church who tried a couple of years ago, but the city of Arcata sent all their enforcers against them. Imagine Arcata threatening to shut down a church because they saw someone a stranger and took them in.

    love eternal
    tad

  3. transient Says:

    i tried to open the link to “the plan” but it didn’t work

  4. theplazoid Says:

    Peace transient

    It should work now. You can always find Humboldt County boring supes agendas at http://co.humboldt.ca.us/board/agenda/.

    love eternal
    tad

  5. SoHumNoob Says:

    Why would a city wish to harm the houseless?

    Is there something to be gained?

    Don’t they know they are putting theirs souls at risk?
    Or if Christianity isn’t you thing the bad Karma created would negate any gain they are seeking.

    I bet money and power are involved.

    Signed,

    Youdontknowme

  6. theplazoid Says:

    Peace be with you So

    Houseless people bother the busyness owners, and land lords.

    There not only isn’t any gain in their policies, but it ends up costing the very busynesses that push for those policies.

    I don’t think they believe in the soul. I think that that money and power is their god.

    love eternal
    tad

  7. ahab Says:

    Yep they are leaving out just about all the folks in thier plan.70.000 could buy Betty Chinn a whole lotta food, but oh no they have to waste mo money.

  8. anonymous Says:

    http://nickbravo.blogspot.com/2009/05/rob-amerman-and-war-against-homeless.html

  9. anonymous Says:

    Blogger wrote a blog on this. Click the website link.

  10. Humboldt Truth Squad Says:

    These grant-whores and poverty pimps are an affront not only to fiscal conservatives, but to progressive-populists like me who want homeless services funding to actually go to homeless services and not make-work studies telling us what we already know and propping up pro-pharma heartless bureaucrat scum like Rob Amerman.

    No doubt the dominant breed of neoliberal Kosite shitheels here will be cheering Amerman along in his mass drugging, service denial agenda in the mode of Gavin Newsome and other assorted arrogant yuppie cruelty addicts.

  11. BownWright Says:

    Hi ya I am homeless in Florida but was born and lived in California, San Fran and Santa Rosa mostly, till 6th grade. I want to come back to Ca. but am not sure where to live. I have mental heath issues and qualify for SSI. I have not yet applied for SSI here in FL cause when I move I will have to start am application over. I was wondering how long, on average, it takes in California to get approved and if there are any programs to help in the meantime. I understand that Humbolt county probally is not the best place to start but your blog seems to be quite infromational. Any help or ideas are apreaciated.

  12. Jonathan Taylor Says:

    Wow, so those of us who are broke and cant get anymoney, are to be eradicated like feild rats. Is that what we are now.

  13. Anonymous Says:

    hello, is there anyone on this forum today?

    Peace,
    In need of help in Arcata

  14. Jonathan Taylor Says:

    i got a bike ticket in eureka recently, i dont have any money, so are they going to find me and cart me away to jail if i cant get the couple of hundreds of dollars together for running a stop sign on my bike, i thought those signs were for vehichles, a bike dosent have a fucking motor does it?

  15. hsarah1 Says:

    dyI live in eureka, and i have seen letters that have been wrote to the owners of the Budget motel ant the royal inn that directly state that the motels are the cause of the homeless people, and that if they don’t stop renting to the homeless, prostitutes, and drug dealers they will be sued for $7,500 every 3 days by the business owners (Kelly Martin, Mark Carter, Ray Thompson…and others). than just this weekend, i spoke to someone who works at st Vincent DePal, and that person informed me that the person pushing them to shut down the social services department was Kelly Martin, who also has tried to tell them that they are not to allow the homeless to shop in their store any more. and better than that is that Mark Carter and Kelly Martin Owen most of old town property including the property that the conflict council and alternate council operate out of. i see no help for the homeless any time soon.

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