San Francisco, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Bay Area universities and homeless advocates released a report on Thursday revealing the various barriers homeless San Franciscans face when accessing housing…..  The report’s authors, the Coalition on Homelessness and researchers with the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University and Santa Clara University surveyed 600 temporarily housed San Franciscans, with a focus on transgender people …..  Participants revealed inequities that homeless transgender people face to obtain housing, poor shelter conditions, crowded living spaces and strict curfews, created even more barriers to housing. Fifty-eight percent of participants said they would prefer a legal homeless camp with basic amenities like showers and toilets while 34 percent reported having substance abuse issues…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Stanton, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The County of Orange and Jamboree Housing Corporation submitted three applications as co-applicants and in partnership with the City of Stanton under the State Homekey program, all located in the City of Stanton, for a total request of $28.1 million in funding…..   The County recently received word that the State reserved funding for both The Tahiti Motel and Stanton Inn and Suites applications….. Two of the motels identified for funds in the City of Stanton include The Stanton Inn and Suites, on Katella Avenue and the Tahiti Motel, on Beach Boulevard. A third motel is in negotiation with the motel owner, they say. By the end of the project, 132 new affordable homes will be available for those experiencing homelessness.   Although this does not yet represent an award from the State, it is one step closer to securing funding to make the Homekey program work…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..     …..  
Oxnard, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The Vagabond Inn in Oxnard could soon transition from an affordable hotel option to permanent supportive housing for 70 of the county’s homeless residents, thanks to a state funding effort that aims to house California’s most vulnerable homeless individuals….. The Vagabond Inn is under consideration for funding under Project Homekey, the next phase in the state’s efforts to protect homeless residents who are high-risk for COVID-19. In July, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced $600 million in funding for cities and counties to convert motels, hotels and other housing types into permanent housing…..  “This is an opportunity that allows us to both respond to COVID-19 and respond to homelessness and the long-term need to provide housing,” said Oxnard Housing Director Emilio Ramirez…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Sacramento, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Gov. Newsom said Wednesday that California is making an “unprecedented” effort to address homelessness, two days after lawmakers failed to pass a bill to massively increase housing production….. The governor said the state has placed more than 22,000 homeless Californians in 16,400 hotel and motel rooms amid the pandemic, and is giving cities and counties $600 million to purchase the rooms and convert them into permanent housing….. Local governments also got another $628 million in emergency homelessness aid….. “It’s self-evident that this has to be our top priority and it is,” said Newsom……   A bill heading to Newsom’s desk would create a state Office to End Homelessness, led by a new “homelessness czar.” But the governor said Wednesday he already has a homelessness czar — a seemingly fluid title, given that he’s used it to refer to six people in the past two years, including himself……      HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..
Paso Robles, CA – Sept. 2, 2020      The temporary camping facility for homeless residents has been operational at the Borkey Flats site for a few weeks. The site has restrooms, showers, and a safe needle exchange program, and a safe parking area….. The City’s Community Action Team (CAT) has been visiting homeless encampments in the riverbed. They have visited 15-20 camps and informed individuals of the new camping site and of the city’s intent to clean up the riverbed to mitigate fire risk and protect water quality…… To date, three encampments have been cleaned up of all debris and waste products. The camping site has not seen high levels of utilization to date, but the city has seen a drop in fire activity since the CAT team has been active and cleanup has begun….. The city will need to move the Borkey Flats encampment in the winter given that it is in the flood plain, and continues to work with homeless service provider partners to identify long-term solutions…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER    …..     …..
Oxnard, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The Vagabond Inn in Oxnard could soon transition from an affordable hotel option to permanent supportive housing for 70 of the county’s homeless residents, thanks to a state funding effort that aims to house California’s most vulnerable homeless individuals….. The Vagabond Inn is under consideration for funding under Project Homekey, the next phase in the state’s efforts to protect homeless residents who are high-risk for COVID-19. In July, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced $600 million in funding for cities and counties to convert motels, hotels and other housing types into permanent housing…..  “This is an opportunity that allows us to both respond to COVID-19 and respond to homelessness and the long-term need to provide housing,” said Oxnard Housing Director Emilio Ramirez…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..
Paso Robles, CA – Sept. 2, 2020      The temporary camping facility for homeless residents has been operational at the Borkey Flats site for a few weeks. The site has restrooms, showers, and a safe needle exchange program, and a safe parking area….. The City’s Community Action Team (CAT) has been visiting homeless encampments in the riverbed. They have visited 15-20 camps and informed individuals of the new camping site and of the city’s intent to clean up the riverbed to mitigate fire risk and protect water quality…… To date, three encampments have been cleaned up of all debris and waste products. The camping site has not seen high levels of utilization to date, but the city has seen a drop in fire activity since the CAT team has been active and cleanup has begun….. The city will need to move the Borkey Flats encampment in the winter given that it is in the flood plain, and continues to work with homeless service provider partners to identify long-term solutions…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER    …..     …..
Stanton, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     The County of Orange and Jamboree Housing Corporation submitted three applications as co-applicants and in partnership with the City of Stanton under the State Homekey program, all located in the City of Stanton, for a total request of $28.1 million in funding…..   The County recently received word that the State reserved funding for both The Tahiti Motel and Stanton Inn and Suites applications….. Two of the motels identified for funds in the City of Stanton include The Stanton Inn and Suites, on Katella Avenue and the Tahiti Motel, on Beach Boulevard. A third motel is in negotiation with the motel owner, they say. By the end of the project, 132 new affordable homes will be available for those experiencing homelessness.   Although this does not yet represent an award from the State, it is one step closer to securing funding to make the Homekey program work…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..     …..  
Sacramento, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Gov. Newsom said Wednesday that California is making an “unprecedented” effort to address homelessness, two days after lawmakers failed to pass a bill to massively increase housing production….. The governor said the state has placed more than 22,000 homeless Californians in 16,400 hotel and motel rooms amid the pandemic, and is giving cities and counties $600 million to purchase the rooms and convert them into permanent housing….. Local governments also got another $628 million in emergency homelessness aid….. “It’s self-evident that this has to be our top priority and it is,” said Newsom……   A bill heading to Newsom’s desk would create a state Office to End Homelessness, led by a new “homelessness czar.” But the governor said Wednesday he already has a homelessness czar — a seemingly fluid title, given that he’s used it to refer to six people in the past two years, including himself……      HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER…..     …..
San Francisco, CA – Sept. 3, 2020     Bay Area universities and homeless advocates released a report on Thursday revealing the various barriers homeless San Franciscans face when accessing housing…..  The report’s authors, the Coalition on Homelessness and researchers with the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University and Santa Clara University surveyed 600 temporarily housed San Franciscans, with a focus on transgender people …..  Participants revealed inequities that homeless transgender people face to obtain housing, poor shelter conditions, crowded living spaces and strict curfews, created even more barriers to housing. Fifty-eight percent of participants said they would prefer a legal homeless camp with basic amenities like showers and toilets while 34 percent reported having substance abuse issues…..     HOMELESS PERSPECTIVE CALIFORNIA TICKER     …..     …..

Homeless Perspective Weekly Update #4

By Tim Houchen
May 10, 2020 —

News, Information, Encouragement, Entertainment and more….

About Homeless Perspective Weekly Update

When we first established our nonprofit, Hope 4 Restoration, we understood that it was important to our cause of ending homelessness, that accurate information should be gathered and shared with other homeless activists/advocates. We had an appreciation for the power of technology and social media, so we created a website for H4R and we built-in tools for advocates. Our Homeless Documents Library has been deemed a tremendous resource for those who use it to find information about homelessness.

In the News is a feature at the H4R website that is a chronological record of homelessness dating back to 2010. The timeline is established in news articles and bloggers just love it because you can relate to issues that took place in the past and compare them with today’s stories. It’s remarkable because bloggers can link the URL to the article to verify their sources of information.

Two years ago, we decided that we didn’t always like the way that stories were covered by the local press. So, we created our own online news magazine and we called it Homeless Perspective because the stories told there were through the eyes of someone who had experienced homelessness in the past. Me.

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In order to get the greatest amount of benefit from providing news and information, the news and information has got to be content rich. That’s why you will see more photos along with the written stories than other news outlets. Where possible we are including video presentation as well.

The most important thing to the success of our venture is you. We need to know always that we are informing you and that we are educating you. Sometimes we enjoy even entertaining you because all work and no play does what? You guessed it.

We created the Homeless Perspective Weekly Update so that we can bring all of the necessary elements together to further our cause of ending homelessness. It’s a work in progress and until Weekly Update becomes a huge success, we will keep experimenting until we come up with the magic formula. But, we need people. We need you and other activists/advocates to lift your voices. We can create the stage, but we can’t send a message without your voices.

Please share your comments and suggestions with us. We want to get as many people in front of our cameras as possible and we want to hear the voices of people that are just too stubborn to quit advocating for homeless solutions.

Please contact us to make a suggestion or ask a question. We’re happy to report on an event or a special announcement.

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4 Comments on "Homeless Perspective Weekly Update #4"

  1. I’m a homeless advocate who has been advocating for structure campgrounds, and can’t understand why there are some advocates against structure campgrounds, while people keep dying in the streets year after year, no one is asking the homeless communities what they prefer I have, so advocates who don’t support structure campgrounds are not listening to the homeless on the streets or tent cities where they keep getting harass by Law enforcement due to trespassing on railroad tracks or freeway trails,I will continue to advocate for structure campgrounds for the shelter resistant, not because that’s what I want but because that’s what the homeless would prefer and go too.

  2. Don’t get me wrong I as everyone else would prefer housing first, but we all know that’s year’s ahead if any. Talk to the homeless themselves and ask how their doing on the streets or unlawful encampment without proper sanitation?

    • Christina johnson | May 17, 2020 at 4:54 am | Reply

      Lou Noble see thats the problem witb our city council they dont talk to us nor do they want to. They see us as a very big problem that they wish we would disappear. But they dont gey it if they actually got off their ass’s and give us a chance and talk to us. They would see we are all not the same. And we do want help and change. Well 56% of us do. Ive always said there are 3 types of homeless. #1 being mentally ill whom belongs in a court order state hospital…#2 being your drug addicts that are causing riff raff stealing doing dope in public ect. They belong in court order jail. And then theirs me #3 the ones who do want change needs that little nudge to get help and get off these streets. But we cant get it cause of # 1 and #2. So untill the ones who have homes i call them ‘the norms” realize the above statements we are all just F@&K.. And also id love to get information on to becoming an advocate thru the city or whatever. Im doing it but on my own

  3. As for campgrounds, there’s those of us me included that are physically Disabled. A major percentage of homeless people are disabledI am in an electric wheelchair and a campground would not be sufficient for myself my service dog and my caregiver. As for the #1 and #2 I totally agree. The Norms are seen as a separate group classified altogether the same. I myself need housing or at least an option where I can live with my caregiver and my service dog independently. Right now, I’m living in a hotel that is funded by Project Room key! I will not mention the serious issues and situations we face daily. The obstacle are many. I need the placement I am in and won’t jeopardize my placement, help, and safety. The location that I am at however the corruption and The staff and also the security department that is run by people usually under 25 taking authority to the ultimate extreme which is very sad to see. Most of us are Treated as you would say #1 and #2. The living situation that we have here are the best that could be provided however there are many organizations that should be contacted about quality of life living and hazards of large communities. I can’t say much more than that I don’t want to put myself in A more serious position. If anyone has questions you can contact. I’m very grateful for what has been done for me through illumination foundation. I would just like to know when the program ends and where we’re all supposed to go. There are some 7500 people that will be displaced and not Enough advocates to go around. I myself find issues to fight every day but I do not have an advocate. I don’t even know where to get one. If anybody knows where please let me know. I want to be safe, I want proper nourishment, and I want to peaceful community. Don’t get me wrong, some of the staff and security I myself find issues to fight every day but I do not have an advocate. I don’t even know where to get one. If anybody knows where please let me know. I have been afraid to say anything because the foundation has helped house us and I would die if I left here. My health is very severe to severe to be on the street and I’m afraid to piss off the wrong person’s! I want to be safe, I want proper nourishment, and I want to peaceful community. Don’t get me wrong, some of the staff Including security do listen to us And do treat some of us with respect. The numbers are low. I’ve only been homeless for five years. There is a very valid reason why I became homeless. Being on the street, in my car, was a huge physical detriment. I became very ill. I almost died a couple times. Medically there’s not much they can do for me except continue on the medicine regimen. I do not do drugs I do not drink alcohol I am a good Christian woman. I fight for those that cannot fight for themselves. But I find myself right now needing to fight for myself and I feel like I’m standing alone. Please help one that is crying out! Thank you for this publication and thank you for giving me a voice. I have been fighting since I got here in June and each time I bring up a grievance it goes to the person that I have filed a grievance against and obviously it never goes anywhere. Each time I have brought issues to Security, Serious issues and situations I have been turned away. I just want to live peacefully and safely. I want someone to hear my voice and every time I ask for a phone number for somebody higher than one of the supervisors I either get hung up on, no one returns my call, Or to be truthful I have gotten harassed and discriminated against trying to get back on the property. Maybe it is better that you don’t print my comment LOL but if you don’t mind please address it.

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