At the conference on Tuesday, there were several ideas to have various outreach teams approach homeless in the downtown. Talking to the homeless is a good idea but the current programs have to be fixed before outreach is a priority. People seem to think that if they tell homeless to go inside it will solve everything. People know about Oasis. People just don’t want to go there.
After hearing about footage of shelter conditions (once before it was released, and once after) someone from DSS visited Hope to talk to the homeless of New Rochelle (as a group) for the first time. This was a major if somewhat late-coming step in the right direction. But there were also major issues.
While I was researching my video project I found something just a mite interesting in Westcop’s tax returns. It turns out Westcop is the controlling organization of New Rochelle Winthrop HDFC, and gets profits from it.
Everyone needs to vote, if not now then in November. And moreover everyone needs to do research on their public officials. Because whether you love an individual, hate them or anywhere in between, there are only two major ways to hold them accountable. One of them is by speaking out; writing, going to city council meetings, drafting letters etc. And the other is by voting.
I don't know how professional this one is going to be folks, because I am really really fed-up and angry. I am not going to beat around the bush any more. The shelter is corrupt, incompetent and incapable if running a day program or any other program for that matter, but Hope is not doing it's job either and is proving itself to not be much better.