YWCA “the land of no promises” for the homeless

Posted on February 28, 2013

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Is this really all we can do for our fellow human being and as a society? When the technics and resources to solve the problems to homelessness & poverty are available.

“Is this really all we can do for our fellow human being and as a society? When the technics and resources to solve problems to homelessness & poverty are available.”


By Tina Quizon

 People think people who are homeless are less deserving, mentally ill, on alcohol, have substance abuse problems, and find any excuse to say homeless people are less than human beings. When the truth is that most homeless people are regular hardworking people just needing a lift up, not kicked around like a can or piece of trash.

I am homeless and I contribute to society everyday, I have worked with some of the most important leaders in the world while being homeless, and I share this so others may stop and perhaps start to think differently about homeless people.

And yet everyday I experience the discrimination of being homeless, and deprived my rights.

Under a new program and recent joint venture between the US Vets/YWCA for Homeless Women Veterans, the program is having many bumps in the road to helping homeless women.  While the program is necessary and important to try to help solve the homeless situation. I am concerned along with others of the nit picking and what the Staff call petty actions that actually impede someone who does not have the security of a roof over there head and a guarantee of a home to call your own.

Many are calling the US Vets & YWCA “the land of no promises”, cleaning supplies or on-site parking” for the homeless.

While the elaborate grand opening taunted valet parking for guest , Champagne glasses, fancy platters with waiters, the budget  spent on such an extravaganza could have been better spent on the actual program needs and funding for additional staff to help. Myself and the other homeless clients have reported to staff on how we are regularly reminded that the US Vets can’t afford or does not have a budget to serve real fruits and vegetables for our lunches, but how much did the lunch for the Governor cost on the day of the grand opening? We were promised cleaning supplies to keep the rooms clean and no cleaning supplies have been delivered for our use, and yet our rooms failed room inspection for being dirty. Many of the women come with only the clothes on their backs, and while the US Vets Staff knows that the ladies are in need of clothes, we are only told of the container full of name brands and high end clothes that just sits out at the Barbers Point site unavailable to be worn by the women to whom the items were donated for.

The program requires for the Woman do regular Urine Analysis testing and yet on a typical test the worker giving the test is not afford protective gloves to  protect herself or prevent exposure. The Urine containers for the catchment of the urine is not individually sealed and so for has no integrity, and then it is just throw into a community waste basket instead of a bio-hazardous container.

At one point our individual files with personel records were left out unsecure jeopardizing peoples personal information.  Problems with unsecured master keys left in doors unattended.

Permament parking that was given, then was taken away, while Retired General Shinseki, the OIG, the Veterans Administration, and various media outlets have recieved several complaints in writing and been made aware of the issues, the growing issues continue with no resolve.

While the program is necessary and important to try to help solve the homeless situation. We hope that the Veterans Administration, the US Vets and the YWCA will think beyond a fancy grand openings with valet parking, photo opportunities, a homeless do-rag and a homeless back pack. And to remember the person they are suppose to be serving not hindering. One thing that is true and we are told regularyly by the US Vets & YWCA staff is that “we can not promise you” anything. Is this really all we can do for our fellow human being and as a society? When the technics and resources to solve the problems to homelessness & poverty are available.

Check back later, we will be posting the letters to Retired General Shinseki, the OIG, the Veterans Administration, some of our pictures of the many concerns & problems.</p>

 

 

 

 

 

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