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    As some may know, I visited my son in Houston, Tx recently. He is restoring his house after Harvey. We took a little tour of Houston City proper. His wife is employed at Minutemaid Park where the Astros play. We walked around the inside of that facility and the field. What an unbelievable venue, completely enclosed from the weather, air conditioned for most of the year. The best of the best for consumers.

    Right outside in the the parking area under an interstate overpass was a homeless village. Most had camping tents, some did not. All that they owned was laying on the ground. There were literally hundreds in this makeshift community. There were a few police officers milling around. I wondered if they were checking for wanted persons, mental health commitments or simply scooping up the dead from the night before. I can’t imagine living like that.

    It ismone thing to see someone standing standing on a corner with a cardboard sign begging.....quite another to see the vast community of apparently wasting lives.

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    Williamsmith, I agree...we had a 2 year camp here in our town unknown to most till it was a fight by the land owners and behind Kohls. When it started making the news and pictures the uproar started. It was private land that owners had turned heads to till it got much bigger, dirtier and the begging started. Interviewing many the response was "this is home, just like yours" or "I choose this life", "I don't want to be in a shelter""I have Soc Sec payments" there was not one that said how they would rather be somewhere else. That was the sad part. Homeless shelter and support being offered and No Thanks were the responses. As I read not one took the offers. Then the dozers arrived.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lainey View Post
    For many years the YMCAs would offer these Single Room Occupancy/"SRO" rooms. Many were like tiny efficiency apts. but with bathrooms down the hall and laundry elsewhere. Unfortunately they decided that was no longer part of their "core mission" and so most Ys have abandoned those.

    I agree there's a need for these SROs but they won't be rebuilt in the gentrifying urban core. It's too bad there's not some way to re-use some of the large empty commercial spaces for some of these types of residences, and keep it safe by keeping some rooms for on-site managers.
    Our Y as we found out in the paper opens the showers for the homeless and the entrance sitting area. OK sounds wonderful and thoughtful, till being a full pay member and I would not use the showers and as I was on the machines and saw the men or in the parking lot. I did not feel real safe and it felt dirty, sorry but that is how it is, I don't pay to put myself in a situation that I am uncomfortable in. This is a very old Y. Our new Y is being built out side the city about 5 miles on the new hospital campus(other hospital mentioned will be women shelter) We all assume the old Y will be a shelter of some sorts.

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