Services Downtown

Meals are only going to people experiencing homelessness who have case managers. This means, if you don’t have a case manager, you can no longer get a meal at Caritas, Salvation Army, or the ARCH. Likewise, the ARCH is limiting lottery beds to the bare minimum of 25. If you don’t have a case manager, you are less likely to get a bed or a meal downtown.

7 thoughts on “Services Downtown”

  1. From what I understand, The City is putting pressure on the organizations downtown to clean up that corner. Semi-affectionately called, “the market” by some staff at the ARCH, the space outside the ARCH attracts many who are not in search of services, but rather are there to prey on the addictions of the homeless there. Organizations here have decided means to cleaning up this corner will be limiting services for clients. This means only case-managed clients and clients who have met with the client navigator will be eligible for mat-reservation. The ARCH is limiting lottery mats to the minimum 25 required by The City. The goal here is to inspire clients of the ARCH to meet with the Client Navigator or make efforts to get on Case Management so that they will be working with a staff member to develop a housing plan.

    1. 1,
      Thank you for your reply. This really seems like a case of blaming the victim. Why should organizations in a position to help, who are paid to help, limit services to those who need it? And they do need it! The idea that there are people on that corner who don’t have to be out there is an urban legend. Why would a person subject him/herself to the violence and even the smell of that corner if he/she didn’t have to?

  2. Nonya,
    It’s not that people are taking advantage of the system. As, I’m sure, you are aware, there is not enough homeless support in our city. But the violence you speak of is often not perpetrated by the homeless individuals there. I, personally, have had drug dealers and prostitutes attempt to solicit my business on this corner. I’ve even been threatened. I know a guy who had a knife pulled on him out there. I think this push to change is an effort to help those who need the help and remove those who are there to prey on those who need the help.

    1. But how is limiting resources going to help those who need help? You said yourself there are not enough resources to help everyone who needs it.

      1. I don’t believe they are limiting resources. They are restructuring the way clients receive assistance. The idea, again, is to encourage clients to work with a professional to get a housing plan in place.

        1. But 1,
          These people are adults. Isn’t it up to them to decide what they need to be doing to improve their situation? Isn’t it up to them to decide they want to improve their situation? Surely you don’t think it is wise to make them jump through hoops to get the help they feel they need.

          1. Careful, Nonya. You are nearly contradicting yourself there. If a person decides he doesn’t want to improve his or her situation, isn’t that a lot like the urban legend you mentioned before? I agree these people are adults and have the right to do whatever they feel is right for them. at the same time, we don’t have to be throwing our money away at people who would seem to stagnate out there. Perhaps requiring clients of the ARCH to create a housing plan in order to receive services gives some the guidance they need to better their situations. In fact, this could result in saving money on cases in which clients could resolve their homelessness and put more money into helping those who wouldn’t be able to self-resolve.

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