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How Humane Is Neglecting Somebody Who Is Languishing on the Streets?

January 8, 2017
How  Humane Is Neglecting Somebody Who Is Languishing on the Streets?
There are many activists who are meeting at this moment to consider their right to rest wherever it pleases the party or person. Your church aggravated the situation by permitting them to loiter and not enforcing rights on private property. We all take responsibility for not providing real solutions and forbidding this behavior in an urban environment where there are clear delineations between private and public space. The activists don’t care whether your sanctuary is used inappropriately but it is your responsibility to get rid of them
our responsibility fundamentally is to live with relation and ethics to everything. No one has the right to squat however and wherever the person pleases. The faith community must be proactive and realize that they live within the bounds of a social structure. IF they choose to lo let the people in and allow them sanctuary then they are living by their spiritual obligation, not simply ignoring them and allowing the person to squat in squalor and hardship on their premises. That is a mistaken view of care. It is one of the areas where I take exception with the people who espouse the “right to rest” and always will oppose this means to rectify the neglect of people who are living in public paces. The wrong is not the ordinance against camping the wrong s not providing significant opportunities for people to get on with their lives.
“I understand completely. I don’t even know the current laws in MA but during the 70’s and 80’s there were so many homeless with the right to live in the street. The severely mentally disabled, alcoholics, drug addicts… all seriously neglected by society… we were not allowed to interfere to get them help.”
“We, the People own the problem and the solution. It is true that more housing is needed. It is true that living on the streets is harsh to the human condition. It is true that rents are high. It is true that an unintended (as in, it was NOT thought through, nor were the People heard) consequence of the camping ban is criminalization of homelessness.

What is the TRUTH? We, the People have abdicated our power and strength to those who work FOR us. Their salaries are paid by the taxpayers. We, the People have been quelled and rendered silent EVERYWHERE…the workplace, our worship centers, our HOAs, our communities, the school boards, and the streets (to INCLUDE the Capitol of Colorado and the municipal centers) Lest we forget, we OCCUPY each of these spaces.

The truth is, We, the People, own the damn problem and the damn solution. What are WE gonna do about it?

I am grateful for those who put their energies behind addressing what is true, even as We, the People, are awakened and begin to act.

Consider this, those who pitch tents in preparation for the release of concert tickets, or Black Friday, are not cited by the police. Their inherent right to rest, and to protect themselves from the elements, are not challenged. I don’t argue ‘yeah, buts’. There is a solution in this example of “acceptable” behavior. Let those who have studied this, and have a passion for solving this, do so. We must support it.

I endeavor to take a bite out of the Faith solution. I will need a lot of help. I am NO theologian or cleric. Without question, I will get something (a lot of things) wrong. What’s true is that Faith IS an underutilized resource, and I have a passion around that. Learning is part of the process, specifically, my own learning. Christ had no cash, no means, which suggests to me that having no cash is not an unacceptable way to live. That we have made it the contrary is worth understanding. That can happen even while others are focused on rents, development and laws/ordinances.

We, the People, are a mosaic in movement. Our sides do touch. Each tile is required to complete the picture. ”

“Thank you for your heart and passion”

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 TRUTH TO POWER AS THE RIGHT TO REST PEOPLE UTTER: regarding the faith community and any entity in the neighborhood, they have a right not to have people living on their doorsteps. the irony is that I care a lot for the welfare of those who have no place to stay. It is not helpful to be without a place to stay especially in this time and place. Many people die who are exposed to this neglect and letting people stay on doorsteps, in alcoves, in church entrances and around the premises is neglect, IT IS NOT JUST – KIND – OR GENEROUS TO LEAVE ANYONE IN A POSITION WHERE THEY MUST SUFFER.
 amen it is not a matter of kindness to allow a person or a family to suffer in the darkness, cold, uncertainty and languish in a state of lethargy as though this is a community. Those who proclaim that this is liberation or a right are mistaken – It is up to the community to be a healing place, a place of sanctuary for all. That is the fundamental struggle and right of the person to rest and have perseverance to rise and meet the new day. anything else is a band-aid.
“50 years ago, we did not have homelessness in this country Some of us lived in homes that were run down, but we had our own private spaces. (Be it ever so humble…) What homeless people need is homes. But there are people who make careers for themselves by claiming to be our advocates, and they don’t want us to have homes.”
“At times I’ve gone out of my way to try to help street people. They were often so far gone they could not accept the help. If your freedom results in neglect it accomplishes little”.
 “The point is that people need help. Allowing people to live in squalor and ignoring it is not the kindly answer to the problems that cause the homelessness.”
“I lived in slum hotels when I was young. I have also been homeless. I’ll take the most rundown room on earth, rather than the street or a shelter, any day. Four walls, a roof, a door that locks. The snow, rain, wind, and glaring summer sun are outside, and I’m inside. A place to keep your things, sleep, sit or lie down, and change your clothes with nobody to stop you. Bathroom and shower was down the hall, but I had a right to use it anytime. Cheap rent paid in cash. No questions asked. No “case managers”; I am a person, not a case. Get a real damn job and stop poking your nose into everybody’s business. The ONLY thing that causes homelessness is not enough money to pay for a place to live. Every problem that anybody has now existed back then. But we all lived inside. Then the rich people decided to tear down the hotels, many of them using taxpayer money for the demolition and against the property owner’s wishes”
we have a need for 10,000 units in the metro Denver area, and it isn’t always a success. There have to be many more options.
Bridgehouse and Irving Street, as well as Father Ed Judy House and Catholic Worker House are extremely important in the many alternatives for people.
“Nothing always works. Some choose not to accept services or even come inside when housing is offered. Homelessness is a complex challenge, I understand. just curious, has this number increased or has it always been this high in Denver?”
“I’m not familiar with those specific programs. I’m in Milwaukee. My church started an intervention program in 2010. We focus on building relationships. It’s tough. Every case is unique. We manage to find housing for about 25 people each year in addition to various outreach services, meals, healthcare, etc. much of what we do skirts local codes & ordinances. We’ve proven ourselves enough that local police & the 211 helpline have now embraced us. Here’s a link to our program.”

DI is currently in urgent need of: handwarmers, paper towels, XXL long underwear, boots, dish…
 “I am 63. I know there were street people back when I was 20… in the northeast. In Boston, there were also ensuing conditions relative to mental health, the “freedom” to be on the streets, etc. that a aggravated the situation. It was so bad at one point… can’t give you the years but maybe late 70’s, that the streets of the downtown Boston were lined with the homeless. In the late 80’s, because of my job, and my eyes and ears, I was well aware of the problems of many who lived on the streets… that brought them to the streets. As are you.”
yes the situation has become much worse. The reason is that housing is scarce and the rents have skyrocketed, there is no excuse for the infrastructure of the region not to create the housing options for all people. This is where the activists and I agree completely.
“. WhT are you saying?? This is so far from the truth. Churches are not here to “get rid of people ” but to welcome them.”
“You are not tracking correctly what we are fighting for. We are fighting for humans to not be criminalized and to have the right to survive with tents and cars and shelters when they don’t have homes or they are kicked out of your kind churches. I am sorry  but you are really off the mark on this one.”
 “You guys are not reading correctly. He is saying that it is not kindly to allow people to live on your or public land in neglect and squalor. What is kindly is creating an environment that helps them move on to better opportunity.”
“We are short 30,000 units of housing. People do not dissolve. They have to exist or die. Right now they are dying and it is churches that are part of the problem and the collective ambivalence of Our city. People may not have a right to a house but they sure as hell should be able to keep their sleeping bag and tent. We have to start where we are at.”
The retort of the activist community is that no one  cares  and that there is an inflated number of places needed for homeless people.  That number that is bandied about would be for the whole state of .Colorado.
We are not  saying ignore the plight of people who are desperately looking for a safe place at night or whenever they are needing to rest, we’re saying that the impact of allowing someone to live in public places is detrimental to everyone.  The Mayor is not unaware of the gravity of the matter, it just difficult to solve and this is where the activist community and I depart company.  The legislation as well as the lawsuit are unnecessary obstacles toward dealing with the underlying issue of providing enough emergency housing of the right type for everyone and within the creation of this housing the right scope of trauma care services  wray around quality care to support those in this predicament. 
Worst of all in these matters the activist community will not listen or participate  in a conversation with respect to finding common ground without resorting to punishing and victimizing those like myself who disagree with their agenda
That is playing hardball without a glove or any safe place to participate.  Many times people who have been identified by them have been bullied.  Their claim in my situation is that I’m unwelcome and that they are neutral to my perspective  They go on to say that I do not represent people who live in public places or who have no options and once more they’re perspective is singular.  Either you follow their leadership of you are disregarded, of no use regardless of what you’re doing on a daily basis to support public policy to support people without a safe place to rest.
The word “Homeless”  is itself pejorative.  None of us are without connections and are worthy.  We’re  all a gift.  I too came from being without sustenance and a place to stay for many more years than most people.  I know what the sting is of having to creatively find a safe place out of harm’s way.  It was a difficult time a struggle of immense proportions as I have been battling bipolar disease all of my life.   I tried earnestly to take my life over a period of 6 years.  I know how it feels and that is what I mean when I say it is unacceptable to have someone sleeping on a doorstep, curb, bench, in a park, in any public place at all in an urban area.
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