While the war on illicit drugs rages mothers like Mary Goloff are caught in the travails of the numbingly common occurrence of addiction to prescription drugs, alcohol or both.
The realities for successful recovery depend on many factors, including economic wealth. Addicts experiencing homelessness are often trapped in a viscous cycle of being forced to get and stay clean while sleeping rough on the streets.
Policies at many emergency shelters exasperate the problem by subjecting emergency shelter applicants to pill counts for acceptance into a shelter. If admitted they are then required to make sure their pill counts meet their prescribed doses, nearly always without any supervision other than themselves. Pill count discrepancies can and do lead to admittance refusals and expulsion from shelters and back onto the streets.
I long for the day, perhaps utopian, where we develop a safety net that understands there is no reason any fellow human being should be forced to live outside, least of all a mom.
Kyo, not his real name, is a young black man in his mid-20s currently living in transitional housing for the homeless in Northern New Jersey. I have known him since he was 18. I had met Kyo during my former job as a reporter with The Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest newspaper.
Kyo was placed in the foster care system as a toddler. His mother was dead of a drug overdose, and his father was a long-time drug addict until he became clean several years ago. Kyo does not have a close relationship with his father, but has kept regular contact with his siblings, one younger brother and two older sisters…
Enjoy this short ride through some of Chico’s finest examples of Respectful Revolution including The Peace Vigil, Frack Free Butte County, Bloomin Hope, Food not Bombs and The People’s Palooza.
Homeless people, we need somebody to stand by us because everyone looks at us and downgrades us because we are not like them.
We don’t have to be like them, you know. We are our own people. Even though we ain’t succeeded on life like other people have, they don’t need to downgrade us for what we’ve done to put ourselves on the street - Rhonda at Easter’s People’s Palooza
A Vietnam War Veteran’s struggle for housing and a dream come true ending
"Over the years there has been a lot of talk. All mouth candy with no happy endings." - Steve describes decades of frustration in his search for housing -
Steve’s been homeless on and off since he discharged from the United States Navy in 1976. He’s had so many false hopes of permanent housing over the years that he remains wily. “I hope they didn’t set the bait just right this time.”
Steve is soon to be housed via the Veterans Administrations HUD VASH program and is eligible for a combat pension. Steve was a Quartermaster on the U.S.S Hancock where the helicopters that airlifted the Sorth Vietnamese during the fall of Saigon landed and disembarked. Two of the three hanger bays were full of vietnamese refugees.
Will Chico move forward with plans to arrest homeless people for not seeking services?
Chico Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness Friday April-18 from 2-3:30 at the Old Municipal Building, 2nd Floor Chamber (corner of Fifth and Main)
I appreciate the Mayor’s task force adding a discussion around the mayors vision for collaboration across service providers and possibly the police force. Clarity is long overdue respective of the correspondences from the mayors desk over the past six months.
We have an opportunity to respond as a community to the misguided and constitutionally suspect language of targeting people within Chico City Limits for arrest and possible expulsion from our city for no reason other than being Without a Roof.
I’m asking the task force chair, mayor Gruendl and vice chair Tami Ritter, to move this item to the top of the agenda and include a discussion around starting a pilot program partnering the Police Department with a Social Worker as they do in many communities, including Pinellas Park Florida.
I’m repeating a request I made yesterday as a Diversity Panel guest that the police have a representative at tomorrows meeting that can provide the police departments view of utilizing police resources to target homeless individuals exercising nothing more than their right to exist and be seen in public. Please refer to the article below on a similar response that was taken in Columbia City South Carolina and how the police chief made a stand against it. This ordinance has subsequently been rescinded.
Rusty’s mom and sister are visiting their recently housed son. Halleleauh!
"I heard Rusty was housed and I was like, I got to go see him in his new place." - Rusty’s Mom -
"Rusty deserves a place to stay." - his case manager -
I was joking with my new neighbor Rusty this morning that It’s like Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. Rusty laughed and said, “It’s so cool to be able to wave at someone and say howdy neighbor with a roof over my head. Amen Rusty amen.
Friends are amazing - A peek at some very special friends indeed.
We had an AMAZING day at the Palooza sharing the love of Chico, The Sabbath House, Orchard Church and Jesus himself via our art question of the day ‘Tell us about uR friends.” Look for a stellar short film piece in the coming days. For now bask in the beauty of the People’s Palooza mascot this past Sunday. Amen.