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Help Count Monrovia's Homeless Population

An official count of the city's homeless population will begin later this month and volunteers are being encouraged to help.

From the city of Monrovia's website:

Join dozens of fellow community volunteers to help count homeless individuals in our city on January 29, 30 and 31, 2013 from 6p.m. to midnight. Meet at the Monrovia United Methodist Church, 140 East Palm Avenue, Monrovia CA 91016.  Sign-Up Online: www.TheyCountWillYou.org. For more information, contact Lisa Bartkowski at lisa@sgvconsortium.org , (626) 214-5986, or click here .

Ken January 13, 2013 at 11:00 PM
YOE! What is the purpose to such an effort? Why? How many "Federal" dollars are connected to this? Monrovia needs to FIRST count all the Laws that specifically target the poor and homeless, making it appear as legitimate to harras them day and night. First of all are those ridiculous "laws" that make it "illegal" to park between 3:00 AM and what? 5:00 AM? Then, when "caught" sleeping in your vehicle in such an area, getting ticketed with a $40.00 citation. Get rid of them. When a poor person can not afford a Hotel, how is it they can cough up $40 bucks? Got a clue? How about when using a Public restroom at the Community Center across from the Library? I see those signs posted above the mirrors saying that it is "illegal" to wash up or change clothes. I suppose we see long lines of wealthy people wanting to go in to do just that, eh? The rich or better off are NOT being targeted. These are to instead harass the poor and homeless. What about "closing" Public Parks at sunset or at 10:00 PM? How about collecting discarded recyclables? No, we can't have that taking place, eh? Despite it being official public policy to do just that! (recycle) How many wealthy people do we catch sticking their silky hands into trash to retrieve a nickle or a dime these days? REPEAL the existing "laws" targeting them already. I can NOT possibly imagine there is ANY legitimate purpose to this at all, whatsoever. A new "Unproperty" tax coming or something?
Ken January 13, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Please, don't call the purpose, "Public Safety." If our "safety" depends on finding new and better ways to harass the poor, well no, it doesn't. This Count is to "better serve" er, harass the poor? There is a God who presides and is watching over the affairs of mankind. It is to our shame that we do not seek to treat them well, or to respect them, but instead, COUNT them and HARASS them?!!! What of using a church as the place to do this? An Official and Established Religion? (An Officially Sanctioned and Recognized IRS Facility makes THIS a Government Established Religion) I urge all Christians and all others of good will to BOYCOTT and to DENOUNCE this effort, and to privately, on your own, and yes, without "Official permission," to begin handing out hamburgers and hot dogs to the poor, or food credits to local fast food and other restaurants. THAT is what truly Counts!
Ken January 13, 2013 at 11:02 PM
Tyranny Sucks!
Dan Crandell January 14, 2013 at 04:09 AM
@ KEN So you wont be helping the city do the count? Seems sort of self servicing to post this comment before you know the details or intent. Maybe the city will take ownership of the homeless people here in town. Why don't you ask someone questions before you tighten up and get all pissy. Just a thought.
genevieve January 14, 2013 at 04:41 AM
What will be done with the count? Will there be something positive brought forth for them, like a shelter? I don't believe the city is trying to harass them. I really dont.
Gayle M. Montgomery January 14, 2013 at 04:44 AM
Ken, I understand your position and have some empathy since much of my life has been involved in philanthropic efforts and in the last year alone, our organization provided small-dollar employee-based grants to two separate homeless organizations in differing locale. But counting the homeless is an essential part of the process that helps to get them services and is being done across a wide divide. In many areas, unless counted in a fashion like this, the homeless are invisible and their needs not addressed. But an area that can identify the number of homeless within a geographical locale can a) petition for additional resources and b) set about meeting the need whether through a nonprofit organization or simply a group of volunteers. I know your intention is so that we do not dehumanize the homeless further, but I am pretty certain, based on previous exposures, that is not the case. I work in Downtown LA only blocks from the Skid Row area and frequently encounter homeless persons. Regrettably, in many of the areas, the restrooms are locked because of an abundance of illicit activity. I walked into an elevator at Pershing Square some time back and figured out the 3 other guests in the elevator were involved in the drug trade as in one was being shot in the backside while I was in the elevator. Ran into a crack addict a week ago in another one, and opted for a different elevator. See next post.
Gayle M. Montgomery January 14, 2013 at 04:54 AM
There exists within this population what I divide into groups: The Noble and the Ignoble Poor. In the first group, something unfortunate has happened, and suddenly they were without a roof over their heads. They are otherwise law abiding and save for having to sleep in a vehicle or public park, they are ok. Where I have a problem personally, is with I consider to be the ignoble poor. Those who refuse to make an effort to get off the streets because living in the streets is quite simply a preferred way of life. Encounters with these folks are difficult. Public urination and drunkeness. That scary feeling of being trapped in an elevator with a drug addict did a real number on me. While people have the right to be homeless if they choose, they do not have the right to violate laws that relate to health and safety. And I get the whole addiction/illness thing. But there is a line to be walked between their illness and my quiet enjoyment to walk the streets without harm. Counting Monrovia's homeless will allow us to assess how severe the situation is in this town and help to potentially place those who can be placed. Not all are aware of the social services available to them, and the counters I've seen have sometimes gone in with help. Another homeless shelter in the beach area I visited, and we funded, a few years ago goes to these people where they are at with doctor, social worker, law enforcement, and volunteers to help get them treated. It's not always an easy fix.
Gayle M. Montgomery January 14, 2013 at 05:00 AM
Ken, this is the Facebook page of the organization seeking the counters: http://www.facebook.com/pages/San-Gabriel-Valley-Consortium-on-Homelessness/145476562216028 Their page says: The San Gabriel Valley CONSORTIUM on Homelessness exists in order to develop and support coordinated, region-wide strategies to alleviate and ultimately eradicate homelessness in San Gabriel Valley.
Dan Crandell January 14, 2013 at 05:11 AM
Way to go Gayle. The facts mam just the facts ... and you delivered .... BAM We all want peace in our neighborhood. Until next time ... thanhs
sheila April 28, 2013 at 07:33 PM
thank you for your comment. if it were not for my sister I would be homeless in arkansas. so she brought me out here to Cali. well I cant get work out here because I am gay and look the part without trying so no one will hire me. I feel bad about my sister taking care of me. I know how it feels to be homeless been there many times. God bless you.
sheila April 28, 2013 at 07:39 PM
The homeless are not getting the help they need. However, the organization are getting rich off of homeless. If the greety religious grps would do what the Holy saids to the money is to go to the poor and to teach to be successful when investing the monies recieved but this is not happening. The wealthy control everything even the tythe of the churches.
genevieve April 28, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Hi Sheila, I couldn't care less how you look or if you are gay. My sister has been homeless and now lives in a shelter in Pasadena. Sheila, even if you volunteer somewhere you may gain some confidence and get a job, even a parttime one. Life is so short. You have a kind face and I bet can offer much to society. Please don't give up. You deserve a life of your own, as does your sister. As far as the wealthy taking everything, I don't agree, although there are many thieves out there. Please monrovians don't freak out but I think we do need a shelter in monrovia.
sheila April 28, 2013 at 10:39 PM
I agree to this shelter idea. Add education to the shelter along with other helpful programs we as a community can help get Monrovia back to work.

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