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  1. http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=...&id=5599440 I've seen huge crowds of homeless in the mornings on San Jacinto somewhere between McGowan and Webster. Is that this SEARCH place that they are talking about? A few times I saw police talking with some of them, but they always seem to be there whenever I drive downtown along San Jacinto in the morning.
  2. Per the ABC Channel 13 Website..... we have this wonderful news..... "A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday on the Knowles-Rowland Temenos Place apartments on Gray at Chenevert. It will eventually be a $4 million, 43 unit complex. The Survivor's Foundation donated $1 million. The city of Houston is providing the bulk of the funding, community development and housing." What'cha y'all think 'bout this one.
  3. There's an interesting article in the Tampa newspaper. They've been following a homeless family's transition to regular life through the generosity of a local church. It's not working out all that well. Here's a link to the full story. Here's some choice quotes: --:-- I think we should be able to call some people what they are: lazy.
  4. City Council is addressing whether the homeless ordinance should be expanded from Downtown/Midtown to the Avondale/Hyde Park area. While there were many in favor of it, it was interesting how many people were going before Council saying how it isn't working in the Downtown/Midtown area. I tend to agree with the those saying it isn't working. Running the homeless off is just going to move the problem elsewhere.
  5. since the downtown post office has been under renovation i had not been to the library. so i went to my local branch in montrose. i arrived 15 minutes early and within 5 minutes there were abut 6 homeless fellas lining up in front of the door. when the branch opened they filed into the men's room and during the next half hour emerged --- some with wet hair and one with a fresh gallon container of water. a few switched out their items from their old plastic bags with new library bags (for books) and left. i know they have set up recent ordinances as far as cleanliness and behaviorin libraries, some aimed at keeping the locations from being a destinationsimilar to covenant house (which is nearby and free). i would feel less odd ifthey also used the library and were cleaning up in preparation to look at books or use the computer. in fairness, i suppose the only way it really affected me was not wanting to usethe restroom there and getting the creeps when one fella with random parts of his head shaved kept checking me out.
  6. recently we discussed a law taking effect to move the homeless out of midtown. since it passed, i have noticed many of these unfortunates moving further along, but not entirely out of midtown. for example, i visit my nephew often at hcc central campus and find the corner of holman & san jacinto a major hang-out. also on my daily travels on the metrorail i've started noticing more hobos moving past the musuem station and into the med center area. this morning, riding the rail from hermann hospital into downtown, i was shocked to see how many were sleeping in the park. it was around 6:30am and still dark, which convinced me that the people sleeping all over the place were there from the night before and not merely stopping to rest. there were also many shopping carts, make-shift tents and a quite a few boxes. i could not help but wonder where all of this is stashed during the day, maybe further into the park? this saddens me and angers me at the same time. obviously moving the homeless out of midtown was just as important as moving them out of downtown, but simply putting an ordinance into place does not qualify as a solution. many of you reside downtown/midtown and i would be interested to learn if this new law has provided any relief to your particular situation. homeless is a multi-faceted issue that i am not even addressing in this post. obviously there are moral, ethical and legal implications, but i speak specifically right now about the issue of public health. our local parks are not designed for camping, and the image of people using them for their personal kitchen, bedroom and toilet will be burned into my memory the next time i feel like taking a blanket out there to relax. debmartin
  7. By MIKE SNYDER Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle To downtown and Midtown leaders, it's the perfect spot for a scenic gateway linking their two communities. To Metro officials and residents of a nearby high-rise, it's essential space for parking. And until Monday, it was a home of sorts for more than 200 people with nowhere else to go. The dark, damp strip of concrete beneath a section of Interstate 45 known as the Pierce Elevated is suddenly an alluring piece of real estate. Chronicle Link
  8. http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/m...politan/2852442 Oct. 17, 2004, 10:55PM Bus for homeless marks 1st year Program helps them get to local clinics, shelters By JUAN LOZANO Associated Press As Yolanda Gilliard boarded the bus, wearing a mishmash of clothes and carrying a plastic bag filled with food and personal belongings, the homeless woman didn't have to worry about unwanted stares. She joined others like her on a 40-passenger bus
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