Homeless Issues #114

Homeless Special #114       08/23/17

JSS, in partnership with Hangtown Haven/Community Haven and another Non-Profit, working and advocating for the homeless, maintains a house for up to 5 women in need of sheltering. Due to a dispute/disagreement with one resident in the house we rent, all other residents have moved out. That leaves us with just one difficult person in the house paying only one-fourth of the monthly rent. Until we can legally remove her, our partnership needs to pay the full rent of the house.  We need financial help fast to pay the rent and maintain the house for future use by 4-5 women who are in need of shelter.
We need $4,000.00,
fast or any part thereof fast if we want to retain the house.

Please help us with a financial donation to that house. The way to do it.

Make checks out to:

JSS, P.O. Box 1839, Shingle Spring, CA. 95682-9998

HTH, P.O. Box 89, Placerville, CA. 95667

On the “Memo” line, Write “Justine House”

With the advice of our attorney, we have to come up with the $4,000.00 very soon.

God bless you with many thanks from the homeless women who will occupy the house and leave the streets.
 

Homeless Issue #113

Continuum of Care (CoC)

Continuum of Care (CoC) within the County is designed to promote, community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness.  CoC’s provide Federal funding through HUD for efforts by nonprofit providers to re-house homeless individuals and families; promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream resources; and optimize self sufficiency among individuals and families receiving services. 
 
This link below will take you to the Continuum of Care General Page on HUD’s website. You are also welcome to Google “CoC requirements” or search the web, to learn more. 
 
https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/coc/

Over the last 35 years, federal, state, and community responses to homelessness have changed significantly due to improved studies, better data, and a more accurate understanding of practices that demonstrate high successes. These programs are central to HUD Continuum of Care (CoC). Research suggests that CoCs are not only the most effective in ending homelessness for individuals, they are also the most cost effective. 

El Dorado Opportunity Knocks CoC (EDOK) is working to improve our system response by establishing a Coordinated Entry System. Coordinated Entry ensures easier access to available programs, a standardized assessment to consistently serve individuals, better matching to the most appropriate intervention, and stronger local data to establish a shared vision and understanding for on-going planning. By EDOK ensuring that it fulfills all HUD CoC requirements, launching an effective Coordinated Entry System, and  having improved local data and processes, the CoC can establish a more strategic planning approach and response to the region’s homelessness.  

Daniel Del Monte
Deputy Director of the Community Services Division in the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA).

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  • Ron’s comments

 
Does the above include our single, homeless, non-addicted population???? There are questions on who does the CoC benefit. Many of our homeless providers do not receive federal funding, or County financial help for that matter. For the very first time, El Dorado County government contributed $10,500.00 to the Nomadic Shelter to shelter the county citizens who are homeless in the winter. That is a start.

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What can be done on the West slope of
El Dorado County?

 
To Wit:

“Tahoe Youth and Family Services.” Provides “Drop In/Resource Centers.” Yes, places for the homeless were they can do/have the bare essentials of human life. A place to go to the bathroom; A place to get a shower; do laundry; obtain hygiene products. “Only Kindness,” a non-profit in Placerville, is open two days a week 11:00 AM to 3:00PM, and for “information Only.” And, thankfully Christ Like Services is open 5 days a week. Placerville, Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills on the west slope have nothing of the sort for the single, homeless individuals who roam our streets. El Dorado County has about 120 homeless persons, from the 600 in the county who are presently not alcoholics, drug addicts, or mentally challenged and are liveing “on the street”  trying to exist humanely.
 

“Tahoe Youth and Family Services.” They have 52 organizations, banks, state, private, and foundations as well as city government, contributing to their efforts. God bless those who care. Who/What are the 52, or even 25 on the west slope contributing?

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Seven nights of cold wet weather lay ahead for the winter months. Four churches have committed to housing one night a week to our homeless population. Does your church or organization, or anyone, including city or county empty buildings, have an empty room we could use for just one night a week for the Nomadic Shelter? Just one night a week!

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Casualties of the “Wonderful” Newspaper articles on homelessness.
Our homeless who were set up in the “Manzanita” bush and out of site places, were exposed to property owners by the articles, who then went out and issued the ultimatum, “Leave by next Thursday or get arrested.”

The Sheriff Dept. has been very understanding and helpful to those who have the very least. They are now forced to execute the law and arrest persons who have no money, can’t post bail, and end up in our county facility. Those persons would then be receiving, housing, food, and prayerfully medical and sobering attention. I ask, why not put those persons, who want to go, into a county facility that is more inviting, rewarding, educational, and staffed by volunteers who have the heart to help, encourage, and advocate for a better life than one on the street or in the bushes. Paid “overseers” just don’t have the heart in most cases to take time to understand, then help persons with their problems..

Yes, Ron is dreaming.

Happy Birthday Ron. I’m 83 years old today.
BTW we need X-Large & XX-Large “T” Shirts. We  are out. And have been out. So everyone is in need of a change. We do have plenty of deodorant 😉
 

Homeless Issue Special

     In response to recent newspaper reports.

Background Info.
We have about 600 persons homeless in ED County. It is stated in the newspaper that most of the homeless are addicts or alcoholics. The mentally challenged where not mentioned in the newspaper, but are counted within this group. At 50% that leaves 300 not addicted or mentally- challenged. If we go to 80% addicted/challenged, that still leaves about 480 addicted or mentally challenged. Or, 120 not addicted or challenged. Are those 120 getting help? Are those 480 getting help? We at the Nomadic Shelter/Community Haven, Only Kindness, Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS), Christ Like Services, Churches, and other organizations are attempting to shoulder the burden of these people.

Those 600 persons were interviewed by persons working with El Dorado County in their efforts to find the answers to the many questions regarding HOMELESS in El Dorado County. They found that most really are “in-county” persons.  “Our ball park would be 90% are EDC residents.
 
Some more stats:
60% men, 40% women, 10% of those adults have children with them.
 
If I might add: What percentage of alcoholic/drug addicted persons in ED County are in housing of their own, parents home, or friends homes?
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The newspaper

In an otherwise good article about homelessness in our community, the paper made some glaring errors in their description of Hangtown Haven, the homeless community on upper Broadway. As my friend stated:
The paper said that residents of the Haven “defecated” on private property. But before that you say that we had Porto-Potties at the camp. So, why would anyone “defecate” on private property when they had a clean Porto-Potty at their camp? “Hey guys, I have to go to the bathroom so I am going to find someone’s private property.” Be real.
Residents were trashing private yards you say. But Hangtown Haven had a large trash container on site and everyone who visited the camp commented on how clean and well kept it was. Are you saying that residents traveled to neighboring communities when they had a trash container, emptied every week, on site? “Hey guys, my waste basket is full, let’s find a private yard to dump it.” Ridiculous!
The papers remarks about the police are completely false. The police chief at the time, Chief Nielson, told us, and, I believe, the city, that the day that Hangtown Haven opened up the crime rate in the Upper Broadway area dropped significantly. I am not criticizing the replacement chief, but what he doesn’t say is that the prisons in our state opened up their doors at about the same time that the Haven opened and thousands of criminals returned to El Dorado County. The increase in crime rate he saw had nothing to do with opening of Hangtown Haven.
So in all of the previous cases did homeless people go around committing these offenses with signs hung around their necks, ”I live at Hangtown Haven?”  
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I am glad that the newspaper brought up this issue and covered it quite well. Now let the “Faith Community” step up with “Do unto others ….”; “We are our brothers keepers”; “What you do to the least, you do to ME”; There is a whole book on this subject of caring and doing for those who have the very least. Some in the faith community even read it. Where are the others? The Nomadic Shelter needs more help for the upcoming winter season from the faith community.
The newspaper also mentioned a collaboration between, Placerville police and City of Placerville, ED County Sheriff  Dept. and Supervisor Brian Veerkamp forming “Opportunity Knocks.” When I (Ron Sachs) went out on Wednesday to distribute the “necessities” to the homeless group “camped” out, the people were gone and so were some of their tents. They had been moved by the Sheriff Dept. I was told.  Under what conditions? Where to? The homeless service providers mentioned in the newspaper article did not know when I inquired. Is the County “Opportunity Knocks” providing the tents and sleeping bags from now on that JSS has provided? The batteries that the homeless person need? Socks to protect the feet? Tooth brushes and paste? Toilet paper? Sanitary napkins? A clean shirt? Replace those worn and dirty jeans? Sanitary wipes? and sometimes, shoes? In my humble opinion, “GREAT! The County is now taking the care of their citizens who have the very least. OR, as I was just informed, just “kicking them out of where they now are?”
Keep in touch as this unfolds.
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BTW: The Placerville News Co., after saying twice, yes, to carrying the book,  “Homeless in the Gold Country,” now says they will not carry that book.
Ron Sachs
 

Homeless Issues 112

     JSS Book “Homeless in the Gold Country.”
 
To all of those who have participated in some way in helping the homeless in our communities, your name or your churches or organizations name, will be found in this publication.
 
This book is a chronological progression/regression of homelessness in El Dorado County, California.
 
We have reprinted the newsletters that Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS) has sent to their subscribers since 2009. We also gave a small introduction to homelessness and a brief profile of who are “those people.” We concentrate on the single homeless person. Those persons, who are seen by some as the dredges of the earth, and subhuman, are our subjects.
 

Available at “Placerville News Company” in Placerville. (No freight charges) also Verizon and Barnes and Noble on-line.
 
You will see it featured in the “Around Here Magazine” also
 
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 From Shannon Bekak:
 
Please see the below need from the Nomadic Shelter. If you know of a church or organization that can help please have them contact Don Vanderkar at donvdk@
gmail.com This is a perfect example of how collaboration can work to change our community.  
 
The Nomadic Shelter consortium of churches has been notified by one of its host churches that that church can no longer open its doors two nights a week.  Thus, there is a critical need for another church (or just a building) to open its doors when the Nomadic Shelter again begins operation on November 1, 2017.  Staffing of the shelter can be by the host church, by volunteers from other churches or both.
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We are proud! We are fortunate to have County law enforcement on our side! The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Homeless Outreach Team strives to break down barriers between law enforcement and the homeless citizens in the county.  The Homeless Outreach Team builds rapport with homeless citizens by making frequent, positive contacts with people currently experiencing homelessness, and attempts to steer homeless citizens towards services in an attempt to improve their quality of life. 
                             
                         

Passing out water to the homeless population during the heat wave.
 
 Sergeant Mike Cook;  Deputy Chris Macres;  Deputy Blake Braafladt;

Peggy, the Deputies, and Ron will be “out in the manzanitas and boonies” on Wednesdays distributing the necessities of living homeless. Our regular vans on Tuesdays and Fridays will continue their “rounds.”
 
We all, who also serve our citizens who have the very least, Salute each one of you. Ron
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Schelly Cartee has started an AA group within the Homeless community, anyone is welcome to attend. It is an open meeting, we will be serving dinner every Monday from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM, at Christ Like Services located at 7500 Green Valley Rd., Placerville , CA 95667

Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have or anyone else may have. Schelly (530) 306-8073
 
If Ron may add?
AA is not only for the chemically addicted, but also for the downward falling addicted. It is an opportunity for persons who need some life living skills and are in need of advice on how to handle life’s problems will benefit greatly..
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Homeless Issues 111 pt2

UP-SIDE

Only Kindness, Inc. fka the Community Resource Center has a new home!  We have been 100% mobile operations for the past couple of years and the Placerville Police Department generously offered us some shared office space at no cost so we jumped on it!  We can be found Thursday and Fridays at the Police Substation located at 1488 A Broadway right next to the Dollar Tree Store. Our service hours are from 11-3. 
 
We still offer whatever services we can to our homeless population including housing assistance when funds are available, ID’s, free phones for those who qualify and advocacy services in general.  Now, thanks to JSS, we have tents and bags, too.  We encourage those in need to call us at
530.344.1864 and make an appointment.  Walk Ins welcome on Fridays from 12-3.
 
Rene Evans
 

If I might importantly add, the Placerville Police are not involved in any way with the operation of Only Kindness at this location. No cops around!

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DOWN SIDE

Good Afternoon,
The president (Trump) has released his budget for 2018.  Included in the budget process are agencies and grants that El Dorado County has used to support community in multiple ways.  
 Below is a partial list of programs that the administration is seeking to remove all funding that causes us great concern:
Health and Human Services
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Community Services Block Grant 
        Health Professions and Nursing Training Programs 
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Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program 
Housing and Urban Development
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Community Development Block
        HOME Investment Partnerships Program 
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Development Assistance Earmarked Appropriations for Non-Profit Organizations Other
        National Endowment for the Arts 
       
National Endowment for the Humanities 
 
William Roby
El Dorado Foundation

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UP-SIDE

Thank you, THANK YOU! County of El Dorado:
Yep, the Nomadic Shelter received the check of $10,500.00, and change that was promised in November of 2016. WE got it!!!!!!!! It will be put to use in the up-coming winter months.

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JSS and Ron Sachs questioned
I have been hit with “What makes you some kind of an expert on the homeless?” I will allow the California State Assembly to speak for me.
                                
“ In Recognition of Your service, dedication and hard work as one of the founding Members of the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless. Your work has touched thousands of individuals throughout the San Gabriel Valley and you will truly be missed..”

That went on for 25 years. First 18 years as president. I picked up some things in that time. 😉

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El Dorado County now has hired a person who has graduate education in Homelessness.
Welcome Daniel Del Monte
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Homeless Outreach Team.
The El Dorado County Sheriff Dept now is “HOT”
 

This is law enforcement helping ALL citizens, even our citizens who have the very least. Yes the Sheriff Dept. is reaching out to the homeless population with advice, resources available, and most importantly, understanding. God bless you guys! (“Guys” as in male and female deputies 😉

Thanks Sheriff D’Agostini!

                 

Homeless Issues 111

Only in El Dorado County??

 
8 men who are right now homeless, but want to be out of the drug/alcohol homeless crowd, have gathered together and set up tents in a National Forest camp ground for the legal number of days, with the supervision of Christ Like Services personal. During the day, they travel into Placerville to find work or attend recovery programs. While they were gone, someone or persons shot up their tents with shotguns. Some of the upstanding citizenry of El Dorado County left their mark on persons working hard to overcome homelessness.
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JSS Book “Homeless in the Gold Country”

 
To all of those who have participated in some way in helping the homeless in our communities, your name or your churches or organizations name, will be found in this publication.
 

Introduction

 
This book is a chronological progression/regression of homelessness in one California County. We speak about the fabled “Gold Country” of 49er fame where Gold and Homelessness runs hand in hand in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of El Dorado County, California.
 
We have reprinted the newsletters that Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS) has sent to their subscribers since 2009. We also gave a small introduction to homelessness and a brief profile of who are “those people.” We concentrate on the single homeless person. Those persons, who are seen by some as the dredges of the earth, and subhuman, are our subjects.
 
We introduce you to the different “categories” of homelessness and who they are. At the completion, we suggest what you can do relative to the homeless population.
And more importantly, we depict the struggles that one has to endure to help and bring a semblance of understanding to the City/County governments and their responsibility is to their citizens who have the very least..
 
The book will retail for $22.50 from Amazon as well as Barnes and Noble.

I plan to offer a signed by the author copy to anyone who donates $35.00 or more to JSS.
For the signed copy, one would send a check made out to JSS, with “Donation” in the Memo line, and send it to JSS/Sachs, 108 Candlelight Ct. Somerset, Ca. 95684. I will send them a signed copy.
 
 
JSS book can be shipped on June 1st. We are accepting orders now.

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How many homeless persons in El Dorado County?

 
Glad you asked!
 
Persons: 82 in So. Lake Tahoe and 316 in the rest of
ED County.
Total 443
Female: 29 %
Male:     71%
 
Families:
60
Total persons: 156
Veterans: 5
 
Total homeless persons in all categories is 598
 
10% of the un-sheltered homeless are over 60 years old.
30% of the un-sheltered homeless are over 50 years old.
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Homeless Issues 110

On Saturday, April 23, 2017 a memorial service was held for Elliot Cohen. Our homeless, mentally challenged brother. His brother and sister-in-law flew from New York to take part. The church was packed; chairs were put in the aisles, the choir loft was full, others sat on the floor around the altar, and still people stood. The outpouring of love and compassion for “one who has the least” was awesome and mind-blowing. His brother had said he was going to title his talk, “Elliot’s War,” but after seeing the crowd he decided to call it “Elliot’s Grace.” Truly a deserving tribute to our brother.
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I suspect that many if not most of you were at the memorial service for Elliot Cohen Saturday.  This was truly a deeply moving and most significant event.  I agree with Frank Gates, we must not let the Spirit of that event fade.  If we had on-going shelter for homeless people, Elliot might still be with us.  We need to surge forward.  I hope we flood our elected leaders with letters, phone calls and presentations.  We need to let the world know that something must be done to relieve the fate of our homeless friends.
 
We know that the County has the Opportunity Knocks group working on long term solutions funded by Federal money. The project is basically good, but the reality is that it will be many years before anything is actually in place to shelter and care for homeless people.  We need an interim solution while the longer term one is being developed.
 
There is a Placerville City Council meeting at 6:00 PM this Tuesday the 25th.  The Council usually allows public comment on matters not on the agenda, but limits them to a short time, I believe up to 3 minutes.  I plan to speak and mention Elliot’s passing and memorial, report on the Nomadic Shelter program that just concluded  and ask the Council to help us develop a facility to shelter homeless people in all inclement weather and ultimately around the clock. 
 
I encourage others to attend and be recognized as supporters of developing shelter for our sisters and brothers.  If you are moved to do so, speak as well.
 
Regarding the County, there is some work underway.  We had three members of the BOS visit the New Hope Nomadic Shelter a few weeks ago.  There were staff members there also.  There have been meetings with key staff members.  There is an effort to define and contact all agencies providing some form of service to homeless people,  The goal is to get caring people and agencies working together.  We will be asking county staff how best to proceed and how best to work with the BOS.
 
Please consider letters to the editor and personal contacts with public officials via phone, internet and letter. 
 
Blessings,
Don 

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I, Ron Sachs (JSS), here now petition the City Government of Placerville City, to replace the bench that was taken away because of Elliot, from the front of “Off Broadway” store located on Broadway and attach a easily readable plaque with this inscription.

“Elliot’s Bench”

 
 

Homeless Issues 109

The Nomadic Shelter has completed the sheltering of the homeless persons of El Dorado County for this season.
             
The shelter operates from November 15, 2016 until April 1, 2017. A total of 253 persons have signed the “Shelter Guest Guidelines.”  The That is the number who took refuge in the shelter out of the approximately 404 homeless persons who live in El Dorado County. Some only 2-3 nights; some every night the Shelter was open. That comes to a total of 6,103 person/nights that the Shelter housed the homeless for the County that has, at least a moral obligation to make sure their citizens are at the least , sheltered and fed.
The County said in November, 2016 that they would contribute $10,000.00 to the Nomadic Shelter to help the Nomadic Shelter cover expenses incurred while sheltering the homeless citizens in El Dorado County. As of April 4, 2017 no money has arrived at the Nomadic Shelter from the County. If we take the $10,000.00 promised, divide by the 6,103 person/nights, we come up with the County promising to pay the Nomadic Shelter group just $1.64 to shelter and feed those in our community who have the very least. And the County has not even come up with what they promised.
Thank you Super. Hidahl; Super. Frentzen; Super.VeerKamp; Super. Novasel; Super Ranalli: for promises made but not met. You are not taking the even minuscule/ basic effort to care for those who have the least.
I understand that the dirt, sand, gravel, rocks and asphalt that the county infrastructure is in need of due to the weather is important. But our homeless persons aren’t even worth $1.64 a night?
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To those who took on the responsibility of caring for our citizens who have the very least ……………………………….. Words can’t say it all. God Bless each and every one of you; Each host church, each church’s volunteers, the food prepare-rs and servers, the overnight volunteers, the check-in crews, the van drivers, the clean-up crews, the dreamers and the doers. God looks down and smiles on you. As a teacher/scholar of the bible may I say, “Yes you do read it!” “Yes, you follow its message.”
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We especially want to say a fond farewell to a very loving “faithful servant,” who has been a great supporter and volunteer for our Nomadic Shelter.  Rev. Dr. Mary Maaga has been called to serve in another capacity in Northern California.  Her compassion and love with /for the dignity of all of “those who have the very least” has been greatly appreciated. Known as “Pastor Mary” to all who knew her and experienced her loving care–we going to miss you GAL!
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A new Mentoring ministry is being started up by Loyd Inglis. Befriending/mentoring a homeless person is designed to help those in need both with their physical needs and to enhance their spirit. That is a major challenge for a homeless person, and you are encouraged to work with one or more partners to do it with a person in need. Sharing the burden makes it far more manageable. If you are interested, contact Loyd at 530-903-0262 or OutRch@Yahoo.com
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A special thanks to New Hope Fellowship in Shingle Springs for opening their facility on Tuesday nights closing that gap we had to fulfill to have a shelter seven nights a week. New Hope offered the space and volunteers from other churches “manned” the shelter. Actually, it was “womanned,”  lead by Liza Reed and her team. Others joined in and they had a very successful shelter season. God bless the New Hope Fellowship and their gift of grace.
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With very heavy hearts we have to announce the passing of one of our most beloved homeless person on April 5-6, 2017. Elliot Cohen has been with us for many years. Elliot lived in his own fantasy world far away from our realities. He suffered from aggressive police harassment, and he was loved and cared for by the small business community surrounding his little place in this world, known by so many who knew of him and loved him. Elliot slept in what we might call a “ditch,” or at least an earth depression; moving when harassment by local authorities took away some semblance of peace for him. In this last Nomadic Shelter season, Elliot did come to the shelter at night.
Elliot symbolized homelessness in El Dorado County and how they treat its single homeless population.
Elliot’s Memorial Service will be held April 22 at 11:00 AM at Federated Church.

 

Homeless Issues 108

The County Grant:
 
Regarding the grant, the County finally decided that a formal agreement with Community Haven (HTH), those  handling the financial operations for the Nomadic Shelter, was necessary.  The County developed the agreement and Art Edwards, Treasurer and Don Vandekar, President of HTH, have signed it.  Don mailed it back to the County on March 8.  Don believes this is the “last hurdle” and that the County can now send us the form that we are to fill out and submit for payment.  It is a good thing that we had the successful fund raiser and received funds from various churches, the Presbytery and individuals.  If the Nomadic Shelter had to rely on the County money this past year, the Nomadic Shelter would have had major problems.  You may recall, the Board of Supervisors approved the grant back in November The grant is for $10,500.
 

The Nomadic Shelter suspends its operation on March 31. JSS will distribute tents and sleeping bags to those who have used the Nomadic Shelter and had not received a tent and sleeping bag in the last 12 months. Keep in mind that the Nomadic Shelter was in operation for 5 months.
 
As of  3/20, we have had 253 different persons using the Nomadic Shelter.
 
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Where do the homeless go, what do they do and who can help them out?
 
JSS has a bright yellow tri-fold called “STREET SMART” What you need to know! FINDING–FOOD—CLOTHING–SHELTERS—HEALTH–DRUG/ALCOHOL TREATMENT–DOMESTIC AND VIOLENCE FREE RESOURCES.
 
These tri-folds are made available to each homeless person when they pick up their tent and sleeping bag….. Courtesy of
Graphix Ink printing company.
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JSS will continue to drive our vans and delivering clothing and hygiene necessities to the places where homeless people congregate. They must gather on private property where we are protected from Placerville police harassment. It would be great for our brother and sister citizens who have the very least, if the city of Placerville and their police department would allow JSS to give what we have to the homeless at the old location on the fringe of the parking lot on upper Broadway.  The complaining landlord still does not attract business at that location, and with a police sub-station there, all should not be disruptive to the surrounding area for just the two times a week our vans appear. And more importantly, our homeless population would have the benefits of clothing and hygienic necessities. What a thought for a city. Caring for all of their citizens.
 
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Homelessness
 
“We need fewer mysteries in our lives through and holding up any subject, no matter how trivial or how profound, to the strong light of day, takes the mystery out of it.” — Andy Rooney
 
Through tattered clothes small vices do appear;  robes and furred gowns hide all.– Shakespeare
 

 

Homeless Issues 107

El Dorado County’s privately run winter shelters, run and managed by local community non-profits, have recorded a total of 286 homeless persons so far this winter. On the west slope we have about 40% women and on the east slope about 30% women. There are about 7 more weeks for the Nomadic Shelter to go.
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What happens after that? Job’s Shelters of the Sierra (JSS) gives to the homeless population, on the morning following the last night of the Nomadic Shelter, a sleeping bag to each person who had not received a sleeping bag in the last 12 months. (Since last April 1st.) In the past JSS gave out a tent and a sleeping bag. However this year JSS does not have the funds to purchase new tents. Used sleeping bags can still keep persons warm when needed and the supply is supplemented by new bags when necessary. However, used tents are useless because they are missing necessary elements necessary to set the tent up or to stop rain from entering the holes. We also required the precipitant to sign a document that stated they would set up the tent only in legal locations. Thus, only new tents will work. It cost JSS little over $5,000.00 per year to supply a bag and a tent to each person. And JSS just does not have that money this year. That service of tent and bag to the homeless population had gone on for over 6-7 years. JSS is sad that it is not able to continue that service to those who have the very least, this year. They will just have to do!

                                           

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JSS has had the honor to address a couple of young persons groups: Holy Trinity Catholic Church Youth group as well as Cub Pack #117 Den 3 recently, and the Hands4Hope group in the past.  We spoke about who are these “Homeless persons,” and more importantly, what these groups can do to help elevate the suffering of those who have the very least.

                                      

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Regarding Foster Care.
 
Up-Date: Just to let you know, in California, we have what’s called Extended Foster Care (signed into law effective January 1, 2012). Any youth who was in foster care on their 18th birthday can come back into the system until they are 21 years old, provided they turned 18 after the law went into effect. They can contact their previous social worker (or probation officer if they were placed in out of home care through probation) to find out more.
However some do not want to continue at the foster home and those persons end up on the street.
 
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