In todays Strib Article on the City Council allowing for flexible shelter
hours, it refers to one shelter provider saying it would require fundraising
more staff and other expenses.
and goes on with "If the City Council's action is motivatd by a desire to
keep homeless people safe...he supports it. But he would not be pleased 'if
the main reason is to remove homeless people from pubic view,"
The City Council did not vote for this in order to shove people experiencing
homelessness out of sight...as some sort of devious way to avoid helping
Let's stop putting our public servants in a double-bind "yes-but" sort of
They responded to the research, lobbying, dialouge not only with the Decrim
Task Force (half of which was people who had or were currtently experiencing
homelessness), they were responding to the recs of the Community Advisory Board
on Homelessness, the Downtown Businessess, the Police--- (Deputy Chief
Lubinski was concerned for the suffering of people when I heard her speak to
supporting this issue), and to countless others over the years.
As Council Person Niziolek said "This was a no-brainer"....as Council Person
Lisa Goodman told me "I don't know why this did not happen sooner."
Well folks, you have to walk your talk when you claim to be an advocate. ..a
nd you have to talk to the people who shape our public policy...and not bash
them when they listen to the advocates and advocacy groups that seek change.
Shelter providers need to step up and work to get some money--- churches have
lots of money--- the Council of Churches raised a lot of money for
Katrina...I think they and other sources can raise a bit of money for shelters.
I am not ok with abdicating responsibility by trying to paint the City
Council as having some ulterior motive.
Having it both ways never sat well with me i.e. "Public officials don't care
about homeless people, they don't listen to us" and then when you get what you
say you want you accuse them of some ulterior motive.
I communicate regularly with Michael Stoops, Executive Director of the
National Coalition for the Homeless. He was suprised that a city the size of
Minneapolis did not already have daytime shelter hours.
So, shelter providers should not see this change as some radical change to
Again, it is time to step up and figure out how to how plan programs and
funding for services.
The second guessing to me is simply a way to avoid the responsibility to
start making day hours available to people experiencing homelessness.
Having been a shelter advocate I know the need and I know that it must happen.
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