Why I Am Weary Of Home For Good’s Report
The reality on skid row today. Look at the data in this piece from January 2011 to January of 2012.
8/10/11 - Latest News: A Very Special Day at URM http://bit.ly/oHa4tV
7/26/11 - http://blog.fulldisclosure.net/ - http://www.fulldisclosure.net/Programs/600.php
County Of Los Angeles Versus The Union Rescue Mission
http://youtu.be/0oUSIz8UDbk - preview
http://youtu.be/jfPpVLfnaxY - Segment 1
http://www.fulldisclosure.net/Programs/600.php will access all segments of the program.
The lastest news: 7/24/11 - I am not exactly shocked or even slightly surprised at this Full Disclosure story. For decades the City of Los Angeles has not done much to directly help the homeless.
The recent homeless count done by LASHA in Los Angeles reported the number of homeless was reduced over their prior study and report. The Los Angeles Times reprinted their findings and I then took note with the Los Angeles Times as the story was about as far from reality as one could get. The link to that particular story is http://la-economy.blogspot.com/2011/06/los-angeles-times-shame-on-you.html
The latest issue is the story of County vs Rescue Mission Dispute Over Homeless Care http://t.co/5OeJ9h0
I will be watching for updates on this item very closely.
Original post: Earlier today I posted a blog entry on a story that ran in the Los Angeles Time which made a statement that homeless had decreased. I expressed my own thoughts on the piece (saying it was nonsense is an understatement). My original piece is at http://la-economy.blogspot.com/2011/06/los-angeles-times-shame-on-you.html
You nailed it Myles. What is more sad is that they spent day with me & got the facts. Editors must have pulled out my comments. LAHSA even revealed that they had adjusted the number up when I raised a ruckus in 2009 but did not reveal that until new numbers came out!
LAHSA has lost all credibility in my opinion. Notice how quickly they pulled this story off of the headlines? Bless you, Myles!
I asked Andy: I find this nothing short of revolting. Are these people blind or just stupid?
There are 13,000 students experiencing homelessness in LA schools alone! The 3% is within the margin of error for even a more precise study.
There absolutely was no decrease, and anyone with intelligence knows that. Why she spent day with me then reported this I don't know.
I warned everyone in media I talked to about misleading headlines. Watch for Downtown News by Ryan Villancort, maybe he will have courage!
Here are the thoughts I shared with LA Times; Count is misnomer, it is a partial count applied to a formula for educated guess. Any headline should 1st say, With our very strict definition of homelessness directed by HUD, leaving out families & children & individuals bouncing between friends' couches, hotel rooms. This leaves precious kids in devastating circumstances uncounted & gives us wrong sense of satisfaction that we are making headway. We need to remember these kids & put ourselves in their shoes.
According to LAPD the count on Skid Row has gone up, from 750 to about 1200 in last few months. Finally, LAHSA upgraded the number from 2009 after others & I raised a ruckus! They never disclosed this to anyone until the 2011 number was released! Then, they ascribed a 3% decrease from the adjusted number! This would not even cover margin of error in a precise study! Yet the headline reads, Despite tough economy, Homelessness decreases in LA! As you know I feel this is misleading.
I commend them for trying, as counting people who oft times don't want to be counted is difficult & count is mandated by HUD, However, I take issue with the conclusions & especially the misleading headlines. We are housing more families than ever; 109 families with 225 kids.
This story is a bit more accurate than the Los Angeles Times story:
Hopefully the Los Angeles Times will put a real journalist on this subject and produce a follow up story with a higher degree of accuracy. This is a critical subject and deserves more attention that taking a report and posting the findings without looking at the data. There is a lot of data out there but perhaps start by looking out your own window from the Times building?
Just one story of many. Union Rescue Mission provides a complete cycle from the deepest bottom areas of life to helping people become productive and happy once again.