Homeless shelter reaction ...
Original post made by Another mother here on Dec 26, 2006
The shelter next to the PAMF is meant to be a safehaven place for people down on their self preservation..a place where they can readjust and get themselves out of their cars (if they even had one) or out of the cold (benches, creekbeds, parks, your storefronts, etc.)...How many of these people are actually from Palo Alto?? Humm, like to know the tally on that one.....but I do know for fact there have been a FEW that grew up here, believe me or not..Ones that have mental problems, drinking problems, or health problems that have usually have lead them into alcohol addiction...drug addiction...to stress where they finally "snap"....
Very sad situations have come to light and there are not enough places or immediate answers for all of them..I hear there is an endless waiting list for help.........
The people who want and need to clean up their lives and want stability in their lives hang on the thread of hope to move on up to a safe and warm place. (A little bit of heaven to them.)
I have observed many homeless over the years on the streets on downtown Palo Alto..many have moved on, many have passed away.
I have read articles in our local newspapers about our local police confiscating the homeless people's sleeping bags and telling them to "move on" when they were caught trying to sleep in the parking garage across the street from the fancy hotel on Cowper Street.......Another story about the homeless guy who was "sleeping" sitting upright on the bench, under a blanket, and finally someone noticed that he was deceased after two days..........
Too many stories go unprinted..after all, our town does have a reputation to up hold..ha!
Long live Robbie "Steamboat" Fulton.
on Dec 26, 2006 at 4:16 pm
Why don't you provide shelter in your own home for a homeless person?
Until the local, state and federal governments can coerce the homeless into shelters, your bleeding heart will only worsen the problem. In the meantime, downtown businesses will suffer, along with the homeless.
Mother, you are part of the problem, not part of the solution.
on Dec 28, 2006 at 11:48 pm
I suppose you probably were one of those types of persons when you were young who would "accidentally" put your foot out and trip the person who is walking with a cane ~ or large bag of groceries ~just for a joke...
I "am part of the problem" because I have compassion thinking about another human being? Guess you don't. You seem like the type of person who has to lock themselves into their house at night thinking someone may come in an "get" them for the way they may have treated someone in their past....guilty conscious?.... You obviously have no clue as to how to be compassionate on the less fortunates in our community.....
No, taking a drug addict into my home isn't the correct answer...that person obviously needs professional help. As does the alcoholic. As does the metally ill person. They all have help available out there, they need to get in the loop, not get chastised to the breaking point..that is where the real trouble begins...
The 24 million dollar building that just opened up in September here in Palo Alto should be capable of housing and referring the homeless.
Let's be grateful that perhaps this little bit of light on the homeless project will work out...
Oh, yes. AND that the downtown merchants prosper..
Happy New Year....
on Dec 29, 2006 at 10:52 am
Hi Another Mom (who started this thread),
My ex-girlfriend and I lived in an old Victorian house on Alma Street between Dahl Plumbing and Heating and the Fire station. Norice first worked at the Bagel Works (owned by Lou and Larry from NY) and then while I was on a trip to Peru, she began working at Palo Alto's last whole-in-the-wall bar on Alma, called Jackie's. (1980)
I do remember Robbie "Steamboat" Fulton (was he the short, redheaded man?) along with the rest of the folks back then. There were a couple "Merry Pranksters" in that group, too. (from Tom Wolfe's Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test)
I've chosen to live in the city I grew up in and I'm a renter - Had I not had family help from time to time, I would certainly have ended up in the streets.
I also recall Ben Bailey. He was a friend of Steamboat. Ben chose to be un-housed; he was also a city council and other Commission watchdog, very articulate and well-read. I don't know how, but he died at a fairly young age. I was surprised to read his obit in the P.A. Weekly around 5 years ago
Anyway, thank you for your post.
I wish everyone (the homeless included) a very happy, healthy and financially fantastic New Year!