San Francisco’s War on vehicle dwellers with Jeff 4 Justice and Melody
The police were threatening to tow cars, saying you couldn’t stay in your Vehicle. This one tactic a specific police officer would do is she would get you so worked up that you were just so upset that she would be able to arrest you, and then when you were under arrest she would tow your car.
Who really needs help on the street and who gets to decide?
"The vast majority of people you see out here are just trying to survive." — Bill Mash
"From an outside view - who really needs help? I watched a kid who was getting high on heroin, and he comes into the park like, ‘oh, I got twenty bucks.’ That $20 (panhandling money) is going to get him high. A lot of people who really need the money out there — who are having trouble and need food, clothing (etc). Who’s to chose who get’s money or not?" - Marshall Mills
"I just wanted to shake your hand. Your Bill, a homeless advocate, right?" — A young lady at Catholic Ladies Food Locker in Chico.
We share warm smiles and a hearty handshake.
I ask, “Do you follow me on Facebook?”
"I know you from the Greater Chico Homeless Task Force. I went a few times and found it ineffectual. The real work is being done directly on the streets."
I replied, “It sure is and thank you for recognizing this. I don’t go to the GCHTF anymore either. I would add bureaucracy to what you said.”
I invited at least ten people in 2013 when I participated in all the meetings. They all backed away for similar reasons, most after one or two meetings.
I returned after a six month hiatus for two meetings and have decided to no longer participate in this forum.
More people need to have the courage to begin the dialogue over why this task force is ineffectual and what can be done to make it a more viable and functioning forum that is moving towards set goals and timelines against their mission statement… housing people. There has been a lot of discussion over months of time regarding structural changes to the meeting, and or mission statement. I hope something comes of all this effort.
Speaking of housing… I saw the neatest military style tent on my walk today. Neat enough to take a picture from the public sidewalk. A property owner with concern in her face and hips asked, “Why are you taking pictures?”
I explained that I was a homeless advocate and a blogger. She smiled and said, “Well, its not for the homeless — its for cars.” I thanked her with an equally large smile accompanied by a friendly laugh.
I added, “Indeed, that is important to know.”
I will end with a flashback that comes to mind seeing people sleeping peacefully at the Chico Public Library. It’s from Marysville, August 2012 and is one of two times I have been rousted for sleeping by the police, who made it clear there was no place I could legally sleep outside in Marysville.
I asked them both, “then where shall I sleep?”
They broke into smiles, “You can’t, just keep walking… all night.”
And so it goes….I wish I had asked them if it was ok to sit and sleep, sigh.
Plz Support the Homeless Children and Youth Act of 2014
When the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act became law in 2009, thousands of destitute and poor families and youth were “disqualified” for affordable housing, rental subsidies and services funded with federal homeless assistance dollars because they were deemed as not homeless enough, also known as “poorly housed.”…
Nina Selassie Genna’s prophetic words on homelessness
Nina’s words on homelessness is a powerful projection of the will of God for the people inhabiting his vessel; this vessel called earth. Documenting her words is clearly the reason God set my path to include Humboldt county.