reply to post by ladyinwaiting
Guys, I'm serious. If you want to address this issue in a noisy and legal way, I can point you in the direction to go.
Example of how a community task force can work:
About 15 years ago my town had a problem with homeless people. They were dirty, begging, drunk, etc. They were everywhere in the downtown area,
where there are many bars and restaurants. A few of us were concerned about them. A call to the Mayor's office, suggestions for other professionals
in town who would volunteer to serve on our Task Force, we had meetings in our city hall, delegated who would do what. I actually went down by the
river at midnight and knocked on the "door" of a refrigerator box. (Our homeless had no history of violence).
What we learned was all these homeless were vietnam vets. We started inviting more and more VA employee's, mostly social workers, and
administrator's to our meetings. Within a year, the VA had identified the homeless population, rennovated two old houses on their beautiful property
into "temporary lodges" for this population. They moved in, got off the booze, and the VA Social Workers helped them find homes, jobs, etc.
We also (not me, but others) accomplished working with law enforcement when we were having so many incidents involving "gangstas", and day time
burglaries. We enacted a new law re: truancy. Anytime a youth was not in school the parent was fined 50.00 per day. If she had no money, she spent
a night in jail. Remarkable how well this worked.
The police department also put small trailors in these "gangsta" neighborhoods, forming sub-stations for the police department.
I hope I don't sound naive. I don't mean too, and I am hearing you guys have real problems with this population of folks. I'm just sayin' ---
there has to be solutions. Be noisy. Don't let law enforcment off the hook.
Replace your city leaders. Make this an issue. Picket city hall! Write editorials ! Just become visible and let them know you want this problem
Is any of this useful or applicable to you?