Monday, December 11, 2017

Social Media Conversation RE : Homelessness Crisis

LIST OF NEEDS FOR CAMP SUNDAY
1 garbage bags
2 wood
3 coffee
4 creamer
5 sugar
6.paper plates
7 people to sit with homeless and talk
8 paper towels
9 stir stick
10 metal trash can for fire ashes
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Mike Orr There is a place for the homeless. It's called the lighthouse shelter. Main reason most homeless won't stay there is because there is a curfew and you can't be under the influence. Well that eliminates 80 percent of the population that actually don't want help. Those are the ones getting caught up in these sweeps because they are doing illegal activities! Quit trying to play the victim. There is plenty of resources available to you so you can better yourself!
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Sj Robson Mike Orr: Gross comment.
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Stop The Sweeps Bellingham No you are wrong Mike Orrmaybe if you would come down and talk with the homeless you would know why thet refuse to stasy at the mission. Bed bugs fights theft shitty food and relidion re some of the main reasons
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Stop The Sweeps Bellingham people like you mike make my blood boil
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Stop The Sweeps Bellingham You are wrong completely. I am guessing you have not met anyone sleeping at City Hall the past 10 days. 
However, another tact. I will assume you do not want your money wasted on "those people". We those people have managed to keep the campsite saf
e, clean, healthy and secure. Those people are not afraid to sleep for fear of their belongings getting taken or their bodies being violated.
We have not required any police for arrest, ambulances, EMTs or anyone for transport because we have provided a stable secure environment. I am guessing our action has cost the city less than 2 days at the shelter. Those are just the facts.
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JC Mansfield Generalizations reveal your ignorance Mike Orr. You are just attempting to appease your own conscience for living in denial that real people with real needs are in your view. You would rather everyone be crammed into an overpopulated building that is unsuitable than lift a decent finger beyond anything but judgment. Educate yourself before spewing haughty self-serving remarks. My guess is that you haven't met or spoken to a single person at this camp or you would know better.
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Mike Orr Look how no one else but a few of you are supporting this cause! Your right I don't want to live in a city that allows the homeless to basically takeover our streets and on ramps to our freeways begging for money to fuel drug habits or stealing from honest hard working people! How is it our fault you chose to give up on life and live the way you do? I don't need or want to come talk to any of you! I have to wake up every morning to provide for my family. I don't choose the easy route like you all choose and continue to choose to sleep outside. My brain is fine. My morals may be a lil different from some of these other suckers you convinced to feel sorry for you. I been homeless and never acted the way most of you act. I worked hard to eventually get my own place I never gave up. Didn't steal anything from anyone to get by. And never sat at a fucking intersection begging for money for boose and drugs! You don't like the mission means you want to stay out and get drunk and high. I like how you try to blame everyone else for your problems. That's why you are homeless! Until you man up and realize it falls on your shoulders to be who you want to be. You want to sleep in the streets and act like this city owes you something. Go ahead! But if you want to change your life and live the right way, then there are resources available. Whatcom County doesn't owe you fuckers a building they already have the mission and a fucking drop in center that's already overcrowded because more and more of you choose to take the easy way out!
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Mike Orr Stop The Sweeps Bellingham you make my skin crawl so I guess we're even! Keep up the sweeps BPD! Get these lowlifes who don't want to help themselves or give back to the community! They feel entitled and feel like we owe them something! We don't owe you anything! Get your life together and get a job like the rest of us! Give back to your community instead of destroying it and making it look rundown!
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Stop The Sweeps Bellingham Mike Orr Clearly you do not believe in our cause. How about leaving our pages and go somewhere else. You are not welcome if you do not care about those on the streets.
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Sj Robson Mike Orr: Gross comment.
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JC Mansfield Mike Orr my assessment of your commentary is that you have a chip on your shoulder and that you resent the people who are in a crisis situation, those seeking guidance and help. If you have nothing positive to contribute to this conversation and ACTION to helping others become self-sufficient, please exit this forum. You are unknowledgeable of our efforts and those we are concerned for. The outreach programs exist because of people who care, and many lose their way in the course of their lives. With viable options, people can find their way home. I doubt seriously that your prosperity is a result of single-handed effort and I commend you for upholding your own personal standard of living, but your judgments of others are unwelcome because you view PEOPLE as failures and therefore deserving of reprisal. Addiction is not a crime. Addiction is a secondary condition resulting from serious trauma to an individual's life. Treatment centers do exist, but housing a human being should not be dependent on whether a person's sobriety is up to par or we would have an infinitely larger number of homeless people on our streets. There are more persons suffering from addiction behind the comfort of closed doors than their are on the street. Addiction is often a repercussion of financial loss which steers a person to the street. So get your fact meter right if you want to challenge this group.
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JC Mansfield Mike Orr as for Lighthouse Mission Ministries, it is filled to capacity and no longer in position to service our community adequately. Our city cannot continue to rely on non-profit organizations to serve as the only source of shelter. Non-profit collaboration with the city has been a continuous effort thus far with many meetings and discussions and little action to address our homelessness crisis. This campsite has a purpose. The work we are doing here is to provide a viable living space for those who have nowhere to go, while they seek the resources they need to stabilize their lives. No one, and I do mean NO ONE including you Mike, should have to live on the street. Shelter is a basic human need and requirement for livelihood, and as you stated, path for contributing back to the community. People are dying on our streets while you sit comfortably in judgment of their lowest point in life. Be glad you survived yours. If you do not agree with this statement and are of the diseased mindset that people should just "buck up or get out" because they are "nobody" for lacking shelter, sobriety, education, or a job, then you should perhaps consider the community you belong to, because we support ALL people in Bellingham and do so with compassion and purpose, including you.


Letter to the Mayor of Bellingham, WA on behalf of Homes Now Not Later and community effort.