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Streets to Soccer Star Hospital Patients Routinely
Discharged into Homelessness
By Peter Cohn with a broken leg, according to a se- said the hospital put him out.”
nior staff member. “He had the iron Sometimes the hospital calls in
In Washington, D.C., approxi- rods on the outside [of his leg], and I advance to make arrangements and
mately 18 people per day end up said ‘you shouldn’t be here like that’ give a heads-up to the shelter, but
in shelters or on the street after because you could see where the “other times the hospital will have
leaving hospitals, according to a screw went into his leg and every- them dropped off in taxicabs—any
District government-sponsored re- thing, and he said he was just ‘gon- kind of ride they can get—leave
port. Thus, between 10% and 20% na be here overnight.’” The shelter them at the shelter and keep going,”
of people in District-funded emer- employee added that the man was said the shelter staff member.
gency shelters have arrived after put in the front of the facility, where “We’ve had some come here with
leaving a health institution. he could be watched, although he colostomy bags, or various open
Many of these individuals arrive should not have been at the shelter wounds that need to be cleaned on
with bad legs, a sore back, gaping in such poor condition. a daily basis,” the staff member said.
wounds, or other aliments that “One guy had just had surgery, “They still need medical attention,
shelters are not equipped to deal I think on his appendix or some- and this is not a medical shelter, this
with, according to shelter staff and thing,” said the senior staff member, is an emergency shelter.”
advocates. “and he was bent over. He was still
At one D.C. shelter, a man arrived bleeding from the operation, and he See DISCHARGE, page 4
Residents Stop Shelter Closure
Knight holds up the American Flag during HWC opening ceremonies.
By Laura Thompson Osuri
At first glance, Michael Knight looks like the typical working-class By David S. Hammond
D.C. resident. The strain of a hard 50 years reveals itself in his raspy
voice and salt-and-pepper goatee. He wears modest, worn jeans “I am absolutely elated. I’m just
and an old sweatshirt, and can often be found at CCNV, the largest beyond words!” That’s how Jesse
shelter in D.C. where he currently lives. Smith celebrated the latest news
But for a week at the end of September, he was not a middle- in one long-running dispute over
aged homeless man invisible to the world, but a prominent diplomat emergency shelter in the District
and soccer star traveling the streets of South Africa with pride and – and the political coming-of-age
confidence. for a group of homeless men who
That whirlwind trip has changed Knight forever in both body and have been trying to save the down-
spirit. The resulting signs of dignity show not just in the medal hung town shelter where they live.
around his neck and tucked beneath his shirt, but also in the new air Smith was reacting to word that
of confidence and aura of peace that surround him. the District will not be closing the
“I’ve realized that it’s not just about me, but everything is bigger Franklin School Shelter at 13th
than me. There is so much going on,” he said. “I have more com- and K streets, Northwest. A home-
passion and more understanding of people’s weaknesses because less resident of Franklin, Smith is
I know my weaknesses. And I know there is greatness in everyone.” president of the Committee to Save
Knight went to South Africa as part of the U.S. Homeless World Franklin Shelter (CSFS). The com-
Cup Team, one of 48 teams from across the world. mittee has worked for months to
After six days of competing in 4-on-4 soccer, Russia took first tell people that Franklin should re- Jesse Smith (front, right) and the Committee to Save Franklin Shelter celebrate.
place, with the United States coming in 46th. Knight admits that he main open and be improved from redevelopment that threatened the would be leased out to become a
is “not a strong player,” and that the first time he kicked a soccer ball its current overcrowded, run-down shelter. boutique “hip” hotel. But questions
was this summer, when a handful of CCNV residents started practic- condition, and that the city should The Williams administration pre- have been raised about the lease as
ing for the Homeless USA Cup. provide enough emergency shelter viously had said Franklin should well as the decision to close Frank-
But he said the trip was not in downtown Washington. Now, in- close next March, at the end of the lin, and it became clear the city
See SOCCER, page 9
about winning. creasing support for those ideas has winter hypothermia season, and could not find alternative space.
slowed the steamroller of downtown that the handsome 1869 building At the Oct. 10 meeting of the
city’s new Interagency Council on
LOCAL Homelessness, Deputy Mayor Bren-
Inside This Issue Mission Move Are You Sensitive to the Homeless? da Donald Walker announced that
Franklin would remain in use as a
Controversy continues but the Central Union Test your homeless sensitivity with this new
shelter. She later told Street Sense
Mission is still planning Petworth move, page 3 quiz, page 15
LOCAL that the city will keep the shelter
open, make improvements to the
Adult Illiteracy REVIEWS EDITORIALS
building and add comprehensive
D.C. has one of the highest adult illiteracy rates Fogo de Chao Mental Health Revolving Door
support services for its residents.
in the country but nonprofits are trying to help Vendor Allen Jones fills up on Brazilan good- David Pirtle on the problems with D.C.’s mental
lower this number with education, page 5 ness, page 12 health system, page 16 See SHELTER, page 7
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Street Sense . October/November 2006 VIEWPOINT 3
LET’S TALK ABOUT HOMELESSNESS
By Brenda Donald Walker
Deputy Mayor for Children, Youth, Families and Elders
Cold Weather and IACH Meetings Ahead
Our objective is to save lives during extreme cold while tives, advocates and others.
Even though the leaves being sensitive to the preferences and rights of those who And once again, it is now time to review a number of
are changing now, the Dis- are homeless. Unfortunately, there was one death of a construction projects. One ongoing venture is the renova-
trict government’s com- homeless person due to hypothermia last season. We want tion of the former Gales School at Massachusetts Avenue
mitment to the goals of to do everything possible so that there are no deaths this and G Street in Northwest. The interior demolition has been
preventing and ending winter. completed, and we are now in the process of determining
homelessness remains All winter the District’s Emergency Management Agency a starting date for the renovations. When finished in the
constant. We will accom- monitors weather conditions, notifying the agencies in- latter part of 2007, Gales will feature central air condition-
plish these goals by sus- volved when the hypothermia alert is to become effective. ing, space for group activities, individual storage and a full
tained, meaningful efforts Providers then open shelters and keep them open until the range of services. This project represents our commitment
guided by clear vision and temperature rises above 32 degrees. A toll-free number, 1- to serve those who are homeless with appropriate living
strong leadership. 800-535-7252, is available for those who are homeless to space, amenities and necessary services in a convenient,
One way we are doing seek assistance and for the public to report emergency situ- central location.
this is by preparing for hy- ations involving homeless citizens. The improvements at the Community for Creative Non-
pothermia season, which Turning to another important subject, the Mayor’s In- Violence (CCNV) have been completed on the north side
begins Nov. 1, 2006, and ends March 31, 2007. I wrote about teragency Council on Homelessness held its third meeting of the third floor, and they are now underway on the south
this important topic last month, and I want to cover hypo- on Oct. 11, and one of the topics discussed was the require- side. We are upgrading plumbing, electrical, heating and air
thermia season and our preparations in a little more detail ment to gather input from the public about the service conditioning systems. When finished, this floor will contain
again in this column. Last winter, there were 85 hypother- needs within the homeless community. administrative offices, space for service providers and ac-
mia alert days and nights when the air temperature fell be- We want as much information as possible, so we will hold commodations for residents.
low 32 degrees Fahrenheit or the wind chill factor created four sessions at locations and times shown in the table that I sincerely hope that this column is informative and that
the effect of 32 degrees or below. accompanies this column. During these sessions, we will it shows the high level of concern that exists for our fellow
Hypothermia, a life-threatening condition, occurs when take testimony and solicit ideas about homelessness and citizens who are homeless. Please continue to be alert for
body temperature goes below 95 degrees Fahrenheit due homeless services from interested citizens, including those your own safety and also care for one another, especially as
to exposure to the cold, and usually requires medical treat- presently and previously homeless, public and private pro- we enter hypothermia season. I look forward to next month
ment. viders, the religious community, neighborhood representa- when we can again “talk about homelessness.”
We have created a plan for the upcoming cold months,
called The Winter Plan: Protecting the Lives of Homeless Peo- Public Hearing Locations Dates and Times
ple in the Winter of 2006–2007, and have budgeted 110 days
on which we expect hypothermia alerts, an increase over Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 901 G Street, NW Thursday, Oct 19 from 1 to 3 p.m.
last season. We planned for an increase so that we are pre-
pared to meet the needs of our homeless population under Kennedy Recreation Center, 1401 7th Street, NW Tuesday, Oct 24 from 1 to 3 p.m.
nearly any conditions. During the winter, we have a network
of shelters offering warm places for those who seek relief The ARC, 1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE Monday, Oct 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.
from the cold. Outreach services provide blankets, food and
supplies, and workers are trained to recognize hypothermia Shrine of the Sacred Heart, 16th & Park Rd, NW Thursday, Nov 2 from 7 to 9 p.m.
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4 LOCAL NEWS Street Sense . October/November 2006
Mission Set For
By Diane Rusignola
Central Union Mission’s deal with Alturas
LLC continues to move forward despite pro-
tests from Columbia Heights and Petworth
residents, dating back to the spring, against a
homeless shelter moving into their neighbor-
hood at 3510 Georgia Avenue, NW.
The shelter, currently in Logan Circle at 14th
and R streets NW, has been looking to relocate Guests mingle as they enjoy great food, friends, and music.
since 1999 but has been restricted by finances
and zoning laws.
Central Union Mission’s deal involves sell-
A Night of Fun
ing developer Jeffrey Schonberger and his
company, Alturas, the current property for $7
million, dependent upon the company finding
and purchasing a new site for the shelter.
For Street Sense Guests bid on 66 different items at the auction.
Here one guest looks at the NPR package.
The Mission now is purchasing that Photos By Michael O’Neill
new property, two lots around 3510 Geor-
gia Avenue, for $2 million from Alturas.
The deal also assigns development of the
Mission’s new shelter to Schonberger.
The new, $15 million shelter is to have 250
beds for men only in 70,000 square feet of
space, which is almost triple the size of the
mission’s current 30,000-square-foot, 84-bed
shelter. The new shelter also will include a café
providing breakfast and dinner, a drug rehab
center and a chapel.
Leading the protest against the Georgia Av-
enue site is MissionDCFacts.com. According
to its website, it is an organization of “citizens,
Fresh Start Catering provided tasty food for the Executive director Laura Thompson Osuri introduces vendors
business owners [and] community activists”
night. Volunteer Rebecca Schlesinger takes a taste. Lee Mayse (center) and Jake Ashford (left) who read poetry.
dedicated to informing neighbors and other
D.C. residents “why the proposed relocation
of the Central Union men’s shelter to Georgia
Avenue is unwise.” The Task Force is also recommending that Resident Transfer and Discharge Policy for
Among its complaints, MissionDCFacts. DISCHARGE, from p.1 another facility similar to Christ House be Nursing Homes and Community Residence
com contends that according to “an individ- Due to liability concerns, shelter person- created, recognizing that hospitals cannot Facilities) is already in effect in Washington
ual with expertise in commercial sales and nel are not allowed to assist residents who are be expected to hold homeless individuals for for individuals under care of nursing homes
development,” the Central Union Mission’s unable to care for themselves. But individuals an extended period of time when there are no and community residence facilities. That plan
current property in Logan Circle is actually arriving from hospitals have nowhere else to available facilities for placement, according was legally mandated under the 1987 Nurs-
worth between $10.6 million and $12.6 mil- go. “We’re not going to let anybody stay out to Steve Cleghorn, chief policy analyst for the ing Home Reform Law. There is no similar law
lion, and they are underselling the land by on the street—that’s not what we do,” said Community Partnership for the Prevention of governing hospital discharge.
$4.6 million. Abdul Nuradeen, acting executive director at Homelessnes. Christ House is a 33-bed health The nursing home discharge policy re-
City Council Member Jim Graham (D-Ward the CCNV shelter. care facility for the homeless to which many quires a full assessment of the resident’s
1) also has spoken out against the shelter, even A committee of advocates and government men are often discharged, as a step-down physical, mental and psychological status
though he is a longtime activist for the home- officials is trying to come up with answers to placement for homeless people too sick to before the resident’s release from the facility,
less. Graham said that while he is not opposed alleviate the problem facing shelters strug- in addition to aiding in locating alternative
to relocating the Mission, he feels that the gling to help individuals needing medical placements and facilitating the move.
Georgia Avenue site is not the right location. care. The group has created a plan and devel- Although the nursing home law does not
Along with local residents, Graham cites oped best practices for discharging patients “This is not a specifically state that homeless shelters are
the neighborhood’s renaissance, which in- from public hospitals. not acceptable placement, it requires a safe
cludes hip new businesses and expensive This committee, called the Discharge Plan- medical shelter, and orderly transfer upon discharge, and that
condo units, as the primary reason a homeless ning Task Force, was established after Mayor would preclude shelters, according to Jerry
shelter would be unfair to the neighborhood. Williams’ January 2005 release of Homeless this is an emer- Kasunic, director of D.C. Long Term Care Om-
Adding yet more fuel to the fire is a battle over No More, the District’s 10-year plan to end budsman Program.
the Euphemia L. Haynes Public Charter, an homelessness. The Task Force developed a gency shelter.” “Homeless shelters are not safe and orderly
elementary school at 14th and Irving Streets document, A Comprehensive Public Sector transfers,” Kasunic said.
NW. In August, the school announced that it Discharge Planning Policy to Prevent Home- After the proposed discharge planning
has won approval for a loan to purchase prop- lessness in the District of Columbia, which policy is presented to IACH and approved,
erty next door to the proposed shelter. proposes a hospital discharge plan. The re- go to a shelter after hospital release implementation documents will need to be
The charter school plans to more than triple port applies only to public institutions, not “There’s nothing wrong with the report, created and followed by all District public-
its size to serve 650 students when it moves. private hospitals. it’s just a matter of implementing it,” added funded institutions.
Graham and neighborhood leaders are firmly The report calls for hospitals to fully ana- Cleghorn, who was also a convener of the For now, shelters are forced to deal with
opposed to locating a homeless shelter next to lyze patients’ situations to ensure that they Discharge Planning Task Force. whatever injuries individuals may arrive with.
an elementary school. have stable housing and proper planning for The regulations have been mapped out, “Ambulances bring by people who have been
While the D.C. Historic Preservation Review employment and post-hospital care after dis- and the next step is having the Interagency referred on a stretcher or in a wheel chair,”
Board in early October awarded concept ap- charge. It requires a follow-up evaluation no Council on Homelessness (IACH) adopt the said Nuradeen. But discharged patients
proval to Alturas for its luxury condominium more than 30 days after release and again six policy and find a way to pull together infor- continue to arrive on a regular basis, forc-
plans on the Logan Circle cite, Central Union months later. Referring a patient to the local mation and resources to be shared by all in- ing Nuradeen and other D.C. shelter staff to
Mission’s plans to move to the Petworth neigh- homeless coalition for placement in a shelter volved agencies, according to Cleghorn. accommodate them. “[I do] whatever I can
borhood are still not final. must be only a last resort. A similar discharge policy (the Model possibly do,” said Nuradeen.
Street Sense . October/November 2006 LOCAL NEWS 5
Success and Struggles: Adult Illiteracy Persists in DC
Both Liptak and Sommers agree that learn- they can help themselves” instead of relying
ing to read and write as an adult is much more on others to read a menu at a restaurant, un-
difficult than learning as a child. derstand a bus schedule, or open a checking
“Their lives are a fragile balance to make account, Liptak said.
things meet,” Sommers said of the Academy The promise of student confidence was
students. “They have full-time jobs, children evident during a recent Monday night basic
and other life responsibilities that make a class at WLC office in Dupont Circle. Volun-
commitment to classes difficult.” teer instructors Valerie Briggs and Jessica
Liptak said that there is “a whole host of Nysenbaum led students in sounding out the
challenges” that make participation in the spelling of words.
Washington Literacy Council program espe- The vowel “e” appeared to be the most dif-
cially difficult, even though it requires just ficult to pinpoint as they attempted to spell
one class a week, in which students learn to the word “stem.” A woman in the front of the
read phonetically. Many students are earning room succeeded in the spelling. “Right on!”
less than the minimum wage, have no ben- she said, raising her hands in the air in a cel-
efits, work long hours and have seasonal jobs ebratory dance.
consisting of physical labor, she said. A burly man nearby asked, “Can I try one?”
“They’re only different [from young stu- Briggs happily acquiesced.
dents] in that it’s harder,” Liptak said. The man said, “I was writing someone the
And there also are challenges for the or- other night and I was trying to sound out
ganizations trying to educate adults who are ‘companion.’ ”
illiterate. Briggs prompted the students to sound out
Academy of Hope graduates enjoy applause from the audience upon recieving their GEDs. The federal government often uses illiter- the word and spell it on the board. All strug-
acy statistics to push GED education, Liptak gled with the “ion” ending, one of those tricky
By Tessa Moran mas. Most have dropped out. said. As a result, funding is often “skewed” in exceptions in the English language.
Most illiterate adults simply get by through that direction. But earning a GED isn’t always Meanwhile, at the Academy of Hope, mag-
Although Edith Barns is retired, at a gradu- memorizing key words and phrases, Liptak realistic for many adults who come to WLC. azines, books and newspapers fill the shelves.
ation ceremony one recent evening at the Na- said, but they are so limited that they often “If they can feel more successful, those are Carefully framed photographs of every gradu-
tional Baptist Church in Adams Morgan she cannot complete a job application and end important measures too,” Liptak said. “We see ate hang on every wall of its entrance beside a
was not in the audience, but rather a recipi- up taking the lowest level of jobs. a lot of qualitative improvements,” including board that states, “Great things are done by a
ent. As she stood on stage and grasped her That was the case for Carlton Davis, a re- increased self-esteem and independence. series of small things brought together. – Vin-
diploma, she told an audience of family and tired maintenance worker who has been at- Literacy “makes them feel in control, that cent Van Gogh.”
friends, “You have no idea what this feels like; tending basic reading classes sporadically at
I’ve wanted this for 40 years.” the Literacy Council for 10 years. He grew up
John Harris, a recovering alcoholic from one of 21 children when schools were still
Southeast Washington, D.C., also graduated segregated. His mother worked tirelessly in a
from the Academy of Hope that same evening. peanut factory but couldn’t make ends meet.
When he received his diploma he said, “When He left school during the fourth grade so he
you talk about adult education, you’re talking could help provide for the family.
about breathing life, giving another chance.” Though he still harbors some resentment
Harris and Barns are just two of the hun- over the injustices of his past, Davis said he is
dreds of adults who have conquered their pleased at how things have improved for his
illiteracy through such organizations as the children and grandchildren.
Academy of Hope and the Washington Lit- “I wish my mom could see this happen,”
eracy Council that offer adults free help and Davis said. “She never thought it would.”
education. Liptak said, “We are kind of seeing the rem-
However, there are still thousands of indi- nants of segregation, when people didn’t go
viduals in the District of Columbia who are to school.”
unable to read or write beyond a third-grade Although things have changed since seg-
level, and this problem does not appear to be regation, there are many children who do not
getting better. receive the education they need and are left
Approximately 37% of D.C. residents are limited in their adulthood.
at the lowest level of literacy, a figure that is “They don’t just show up on our door-
down only slightly from over a decade, ac- steps,’’ Liptak said, “they’re the product of
cording to a 2003 study from the U.S. De- our schools.”
partment of Education. This is compared to While the Literacy Council focuses on
a national average of 22% of adults at the low- students with the lowest level of literacy, the
est level, which was down 4% compared to 10 Academy of Hope helps those with more
years earlier. comprehension, at about a sixth-grade level,
The reasons why people grow up unable according to program director Kathryn Som-
to read and write vary greatly. But one factor mers.
that stands out in many illiterate adults in Still, there are similarities. Many Academy
D.C. is a background of poverty, according to students are high school dropouts who left
Washington Literacy Council program direc- school because of a teen pregnancy or fam-
tor Elizabeth Liptak. ily illness.
“There’s both a cycle of low literacy and
there’s a cycle of poverty, and I think they go
hand in hand,” Liptak said.
However, about 40% of the Academy of
Hope students are refugees and immigrants
who are seeking to improve their English.
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Liptak said 20% of students have “environ- That includes several women from Afghani-
mental dyslexia” caused by a lack of stimu- stan who could not be educated in their own
lation during their youth. “The result is the country and have sought education at the
same as if they had classic dyslexia,” she Academy of Hope.
added. The reasons why people are in the literacy
Additionally, only about15% of students at program are “almost as diverse as the student
the Literacy Council have high school diplo- body,” Sommers said.
6 INTERVIEW Street Sense . October/November 2006
MARYLAND GOVERNOR’S RACE
Ehrlich Details Anti-Poverty Plans for Md.
pens when demand for lower-cost housing outpaces nursing students to work in Maryland after gradua-
the supply, and when people cannot earn enough to tion.
afford the housing that is available. How do you plan
to respond to this problem? Street Sense: Maryland’s minimum hourly wage
for private-sector workers presently stands at $6.15 an
Ehrlich: This administration has several initiatives hour (the federal baseline is $5.15). Is that the right
that serve low-income individuals, as well as pro- level? What should Maryland’s minimum wage be, and
grams to support nonprofit organizations and local why?
governments that serve this community.
The Lifeline Refinance Program was established Ehrlich: This administration believes that any in-
by this administration to help borrowers with “exotic crease in the minimum wage should be done in a way
mortgages” that may be forcing them into untenable that does not hurt Maryland’s job growth or compro-
and unaffordable mortgage situations leading up to mise our economic competitiveness in the region.
potential foreclosure. We encourage the federal government to conduct a
The Ehrlich administration supports the Shelter regular review of the minimum wage to make sure the
and Transitional Housing Facilities Grant Program, wage is in line with other indicators such as inflation
which provides nonprofits and governments with and cost of living adjustments.
funds for emergency shelters and transitional hous-
ing facilities. This has helped create new housing and Street Sense: In places like western Maryland’s
shelter for the homeless in Baltimore City, Frederick Garrett County, and Somerset County on the Eastern
County, Hagerstown, and Howard County. Shore, rural poverty can mean a scarcity of well-pay-
Maryland’s Governor Bob Ehrlich (R) is running for The Ehrlich administration also supports the ing jobs and educational opportunities, along with
re-election to the state’s highest office. Group Home Financing Program serving special- special challenges like a lack of public transporta-
Ehrlich was born in Arbutus, Md., a suburb of Bal- needs populations, and the HOME Investment Part- tion, and even the high cost of gasoline and heating
timore. He was educated at Princeton and the Wake nerships Program, which helps nonprofits acquire oil. Please describe your plans to help Maryland’s rural
Forest University School of Law. He practiced law in small low-income rental projects. poor people.
Baltimore and in 1986 was elected to the Maryland
House of Delegates. In 1994 he was elected to rep- Street Sense: In Maryland, as in so many places, Ehrlich: Because we believe that providing jobs is
resent Maryland in Congress, where he served four health care and medical insurance are things that too one of the most powerful tools to combat poverty, this
terms. many people cannot afford – so they go without. And administration is committed to fostering a healthy
Ehrlich was elected governor in 2002, and his cam- in some parts of the state, doctors, dentists, and clinics climate for businesses to grow and provide jobs. Our
paign touts his work in defeating tax hikes, increasing are few and far between. What are the biggest barriers philosophy of “One Maryland Economy” stretches
school funding, and creating jobs. to making health care available in all parts of Mary- across geographic and demographic lines, so our ad-
Because so many of our readers live and vote in land, especially for homeless people, and how will you ministration has supported several economic devel-
Maryland, we wanted to cover this race. Here are Eh- overcome them? opment projects in far western Maryland and on the
rlich’s responses to Street Sense’s candidate question- Eastern Shore that will significantly benefit residents
naire composed by David S. Hammond. Ehrlich: The Ehrlich administration has increased of those areas.
Medicaid and children’s health program funding by Projects in western Maryland include the American
$1.25 billion Woodmark cabinet assembling facility; a state-of-the-
Two issues we will target immediately are the loss of since fiscal
art, recirculating whitewater sports course in Garrett
County; and a ClosetMaid facility now under con-
housing due to a temporary household economic crisis, which pro-
struction. These are bringing hundreds of new jobs.
Projects on the lower Eastern Shore include a planned
and homelessness that occurs when youth transition care services
expansion by the packaging company ODDI, USA; the
Wal-Mart Distribution Center, which has the potential
from public juvenile programs into adulthood. medically
of providing 700 jobs averaging $8 to $12 an hour; and
many aerospace industry projects including develop-
Marylanders. ment and manufacturing.
Street Sense: Maryland’s Department of Human Furthermore, We are also proud that this administration’s efforts
Resources reports that nearly 35,000 homeless people we developed the “Babies Born Healthy” initiative to have helped decrease unemployment in these com-
were placed in shelters and motels in fiscal year 2005 reduce infant mortality, an especially serious problem munities. In a second term, this administration will
– and additional people sleep on the streets or in the in poor communities. This administration has also continue to focus on increasing the number of eco-
woods, or double up with friends and family. What are expanded access to nine community health centers nomic development opportunities.
your plans for responding to this problem? around the state providing health care to 37,800 ad-
ditional Marylanders. Street Sense: Voter participation is lower than most
Bob Ehrlich: The Ehrlich administration recently We also enacted the Health Disparities Initiative as people would like to see, but poor and homeless people,
adopted a 10-year interdepartmental plan to combat a way to support the goals of the Health Care Services too, have a stake in the election. What are you doing
homelessness. Two issues we will target immediately Disparities Prevention Act of 2003. This law encour- to reach these voters, and what message do you have
are the loss of housing due to a temporary household ages the training and development of health care pro- for them?
economic crisis, and homelessness that occurs when fessionals. Planning to reduce health care disparities
youth transition from public juvenile programs into based on race, gender, ethnicity and poverty, and to Ehrlich: I believe that this administration has a
adulthood. address available funding, gaps in service, and dupli- strong record in empowering people and serving the
We believe that prevention is the best approach, cation and fragmentation are part of this effort. And most vulnerable in our state through several econom-
so we continue to increase support to programs like in 2004 we created the Office of Minority Health and ic development, health care and housing initiatives,
energy assistance and rent assistance to keep people Health Disparities to provide a permanent mecha- many of which have been previously outlined. I plan
in their homes. We also are focused on helping ensure nism for reducing health disparities statewide. to continue this level of dedication to ensure that all
that youth who are moving from public programs, like The Ehrlich administration also understands that Marylanders have equal opportunity and access and
foster care, to independent adulthood have a clear a shortage of health care workers is especially hard can share in our state’s prosperity.
plan that addresses key areas like education, employ- on poor communities. So we have increased funding
ment and housing. for the state nursing scholarship, facilitated a plan to NOTE: Reporter Michelle Gaudet also submitted
raise $88 million over 10 years for grants to increase these questions to Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley
Street Sense: In Maryland as elsewhere, people are the number of nurses in Maryland, and negotiated (D), Ehrlich’s challenger. The O’Malley campaign was
talking about an “affordable housing crisis.” This hap- a loan rebate program with Sallie Mae to encourage unable to return the questions by press time.
Street Sense . October/November 2006 LOCAL NEWS 7
Green, Republican Mayoral SHELTER, from p.1 A listserv and a Web site (www.savefrank-
linshelter.com), the work of committee mem-
This commitment comes after years of ru- ber Michael McFadden, also have helped the
Choices Address Social Issues mors, false alarms and growing concern about
the future of the shelter – much of it reported
CSFS spread their message. And Mary Ann
Luby from the Washington Legal Clinic for
The 2006 campaign season saw a hard- east of the Anocostia River, and believes it is in Street Sense. This concern from shelter res- the Homeless helped the committee learn
fought race for the Democratic nomination to the next spot to be revitalized. “I will focus idents, advocates and citizens, Walker said, is to navigate among the City Council, the Wil-
be mayor of D.C., and Street Sense has present- positive community redevelopment with- part of why she moved to announce the new liams administration and the complexities of
ed those candidates’ responses to our question- out displacement as my Office of Zoning plans for Franklin’s future. homeless policy.
naire on poverty and homelessness. and Planning will be driven by the wishes of “I know there’s been a lot of angst about This has added up, Smith said. “We have
Now, with the November 7 general election neighborhood-level Advisory Neighborhood Franklin Shelter, a lot of rumors, and it was been garnering support and speaking at any
approaching, we bring you profiles of Dave Commissions,” he said. “This should help time for people to know that we heard you, venue that would allow us to speak, and try-
Kranich, the Republican candidate for mayor, stem the redlining and displacement of long- and we are responding,” Walker said. ing to connect with organizations that are
and Chris Otten, who is running as a State- time D.C. residents.” That will take a lot of work. According to sympathetic to our issues,” he said. “And the
hood Green. Otten completed our candidate - Diane Rusignola the CSFS, the needed changes include both reception has been very positive.”
questionnaire; Kranich was unable to do so physical renovations and the presence of ser- That doesn’t surprise observers of the city’s
by press time, but spoke with Street Sense. Dave Kranich vices in the shelter. The building needs sig- shelter sagas, because it isn’t only the CSFS
In a n ove r- nificant electrical work, and the toilets and that has been calling for shelter downtown.
Chris Otten whelmingly bathrooms are in desperate need of repair. The business community, represented by the
Chris Otten is Democratic city, As for services, the CSFS would like to see job Downtown DC Business Improvement Dis-
the D.C. State- Dave Kranich counseling, medical support, particularly trict, has supported having adequate shelter
hood Green party a s s e r t s h e ’s for mental health issues, affordable housing in the area, and that played a role in the city’s
candidate for running as a placement, and legal representation for those decision.
mayor. The D.C. candidate who who need it. “We need this shelter in the location where
Statehood Green happens to be a “The main thing I would like to see at it is, and we need it renovated. A shelter
Party was formed Republican. He Franklin are services – real services – that downtown is key to getting people to where
by a merger be- takes issue with would help people in fulfilling their lives go- they need to go to re-establish their liveli-
tween the State- the question of ing forward,” Smith said. hood,” Smith said.
hood Party, whose what he would Effective help for homeless people, located Even though Franklin’s planned closing has
roots stretch back do to build bridges across the many groups where they need it most, has been the overall been replaced by plans to change it for the
to Washington’s that comprise D.C., saying that a common prize envisioned by the CSFS. The commit- better, the CSFS still will be active, petitioning
Home Rule era, and the D.C. Greens. Otten assumption of the media comes from ig- tee was formed during resident meetings held to see that those changes are put in place.
hails from Long Island, N.Y. and has lived in norance: that because he’s Republican and last summer at Franklin, called in response to “We will plan for these changes with the
the District for the past six and a half years. white, he cannot do the job well. news of the shelter’s planned closing. Smith residents in a respectful and inclusive way,”
He has served as an AmeriCorps volunteer Raised north of Philadelphia in Hatboro, and founding member Rommel McBride saw Walker said.
tutoring low-income Florida children in Pa., Kranich studied marketing at Penn State that small start grow quickly to a wide effort For the CSFS, that’s only the beginning.
reading, and as project manager at Charlie’s University and was drawn to D.C. mainly by on many fronts. One of their goals is to reach out to shelters
Place, a homeless services agency serving politics. He started two businesses (bottled The committee’s first big appearance was all over the city to help spark similar efforts,
poor people in Northwest D.C. Otten works smoothies and Christmas trees) and then at a rally before a City Council hearing in June, and they also are developing a policy shop
in the information technology field. entered real estate in 2002 as a sales agent at followed by visits to every member of the City – committee members have been assigned to
Otten pledges to support any fiscally re- Randall Hagner Ltd. Kranich’s resume does Council and to City Administrator Robert research the best practices at shelters in other
sponsible legislation that aids working-class not include previous political experience. Bobb. CSFS members, including David Pirtle cities, with a view to setting a high standard
D.C. families, generates positive outcomes for Kranich said that D.C. government can and Eric Sheptock, went on to attend fund- for D.C. facilities.
their children, and involves the local advisory do better than it has. The cornerstone of his raisers and other events for D.C. candidates. And there’s more to this story than deci-
neighborhood commissions. mayoral vision is improving schools through Ward 3 Council member Kathy Patterson, sions about the shelter. “Everyone figures
On helping the homeless and building shel- better management and legislation, follow- then a candidate for Council chair, even met people in the shelter are a bunch of derelicts,
ters Otten believes that the D.C. City Council through on existing contracts, and direct with the committee at Franklin Shelter, and, and crazy, “ Smith said. “What we have done
has been weak in not trying to prevent shelter mayoral control of school board appoint- as reported in this newspaper, received the shows that ‘it ain’t about the stereotypes’
closings. “These attacks on the poor cannot ments. Kranich also says he would create committee’s endorsement along with several – even though we are homeless, we can get
be ignored and I’m just not seeing the so- more affordable housing for middle- and other candidates who pledged support for the things done.”
called city leadership stepping up to fight for lower-income residents, lower taxes to en- CSFS’ goals. The CSFS followed up its voting
these folks. I have worked with the homeless courage these groups to stay in the city, and guide by leafleting for their chosen candidates Laura Thompson Osuri contributed to this
community in this city for years. I pledge that lower property taxes. at the polls on primary day. story.
I will help the thousands of homeless people While Kranich’s schedule did not allow him
and families and continue my service to this to complete Street Sense’s questionnaire on
community as mayor,” he said. “TheDC State- homelessness and poverty, he spoke to the
e care. e help. e heal.
hood Greens will make sure that beds are issue in a July 10 interview on WPFW-FM. Quality Primary Care Services for D.C. Medically
available for anyone who needs one. In response to a bipolar, formerly homeless Underserved and homeless Individuals……
He added that the city must focus building caller who asked what he would do about
new shelters to support homeless families. homelessness in D.C., Kranich said:
Otten explained that “these facilities should “Homelessness is a big problem...I don’t
be clean and present a positive environment know the numbers on homelessness and I’ve
whereby the folks living there have a stake in heard conditions are bad. I don’t have a spe-
decision making and programming. Such pro- cific solution off the top of my head, but I can
grams will include vocational training, career tell you it’s certainly something that will be
and personal counseling, and opportunities addressed by my administration. It’s a diffi-
for artistic expression, plus a healthy diet and cult problem and something that needs to be
good hygiene shall be available for all.” looked at closely.”
The surge of condominiums in the city Kranich argues that much of the poverty
also worries Otten because believes it is in the city stems from poor education. Busi-
forcing out long-time working class District ness owners want employees that will cost the For information on medical services in homeless shelters call
residents. The stop this trend he wants strong least, meaning local employees, and Kranich 202-255-3469. For an appointment at any of our community
rent control inclusionary zoning policies. supports D.C. residents getting jobs first. He health centers call 1-866-388-6489
“I pledge to have 100,000 really affordable says that if education better trained residents
housing units online within two years and to match the skills that businesses seek, the
simultaneously create hundreds of trade ap- situation could improve, and he would con-
We want to help. We want to help you.
prenticeships and jobs by engaging in this sult with advisors to raise the minimum wage
worthy endeavor,” Otten added. so more people could remain living in D.C.
Otten also pledges more development - Jen Pearl
8 LOCAL NEWS Street Sense . October/November 2006
By David S. Hammond
ON THE HILL By Jill Merselis
Native American Health Care Support
Title: ans and Alaskan Natives in these mental, social and spiritual health
Indian Health Care Improve- programs. of Native Americans by ensuring
ment Act Amendments of 2006 This act would allow qualified that high-level personal and pub-
A Plan for the City is a Tool for People to Use (Introduced in House) Native Americans to enroll in lic health services are accessible.
State Children’s Health Insurance Additionally, this act would
People have been saying D.C.’s state bird is the “crane,” because
Purpose: Programs (SCHIP), Medicare and create a bipartisan Indian Health
so many construction cranes crowd the skyline. You see them ev-
On May 9, 2006, this bill was Medicaid, and for related pay- Care Commission to study the
erywhere, but the citywide building boom really isn’t undertaken
introduced in the House of Repre- ments to Indian Health Programs health service needs in Ameri-
according to plan – or at least, say the experts, the plans we have
sentatives to change to the Indian and Urban Indian Organizations. can Indian and Alaskan Native
fall short on some critical points. And that’s one reason affordable
Health Care Improvement Act of This act would also consolidate communities by preparing and
housing is in so much trouble.
1976. The bill seeks to extend cer- existing health programs of Indi- reviewing a report, and making
That may be changing, because the recommendations of the
tain provisions of the law to more an tribes and tribal organizations recommendations to Congress
mayor’s Comprehensive Housing Strategy Task Force are gaining
American Indians and Alaskan into a new program of compre- about the delivery of federal
stature and heft. Mayor Williams drew on them in his budget for
Natives (referred to as “Indians” hensive behavioral health, pre- health care services to Indians.
the current fiscal year. They’ve surfaced in proposed legislation to
in the Congressional Record for vention, treatment and aftercare
support “workforce” housing affordable to city employees and in
this bill) and to revise other parts for Indian tribes, all through the Sponsor:
debates over inclusionary zoning.
of the law. Indian Health Service. Rep. Don Young (D-Alaska)
And goals developed by the Task Force are showing up in the over-
The Indian Health Services is
haul of the city’s Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 1984. It’s slated to
Background currently an agency within the Cosponsor:
be replaced by a new Plan that’s coming before the City Council this
The original Indian Health Care Department of Health and Hu- A mix of 29 Republican and
fall, to serve as an overall guide to decisions about building, zoning,
Improvement Act was enacted to man Services, which has the re- Remocrat representatives
roads, transportation, and more.
provide federally for the care and sponsibility of providing health
Advocates for affordable housing are excited that inclusionary
education of American Indians services to federally recognized Status:
zoning and enhanced support for the Housing Production Trust
and Alaskan Natives by improving American Indians and Alaskan Sent to the House Committee
Fund are included in the draft Plan. As elements of a new Comp
the services and facilities of the Natives through a system of on Ways and Means, which grant-
Plan, they would serve as yardsticks against which many govern-
federal Indian health programs, tribal and urban programs, and ed an extension (until November
ment actions could be measured.
and by encouraging maximum Congressional acts. The agency’s 17, 2006) for consideration of the
That might smooth out some of the bumps and jolts of the last
participation by American Indi- mission is to raise the physical, bill.
several years, which have seen a loss of affordable housing as prices
rise and neighborhoods change. A determination to reboot the city’s
development decisions drives much of the support for the new draft
Plan. Ironically, similar concerns about the impact of large-scale de-
velopment are also turning the Comp Plan into one of the last grand
neighborhood fights to confront Mayor Williams and the outgoing
Get Out the Vote
Opponents say the draft Plan hasn’t been adequately vetted, and You don’t need a home to vote – but you do need to
that flaws in its technical language could open the door to too much register. That was the message from Brenda Lee-Wilson
redevelopment, too fast. The Council heard many of these criticisms when she helped register voters near Dupont Circle in
at a September hearing, and will again in late October, when it con- early October. Lee-Wilson is a Street Sense vendor who
siders whether to approve the draft Plan as is, call for changes, or also works with the National Coalition for the Home-
leave the decision for next year’s new mayor and Council. less’ Speakers Bureau, and she pitched in for NCH’s
Whatever happens, the Office of Planning’s baseline projections voter registration drive, part of National Homeless and
for population and jobs, and the Housing Task Force’s recommenda- Low Income Voter Registration Week. Lee-Wilson has
tions, are expected to be the starting points for discussions of D.C.’s often been involved in community affairs; she donated
housing needs for years to come. As early as next year, they could housecleaning services to the Street Sense silent auc-
find their way into more housing-related legislation before the City
Council. Council’s Human Services Committee about conditions
As for the high hopes reflected in the draft Plan, their success will in the shelters, and she has written for Street Sense.
depend on the attitudes, and the actions, of everyone from the new
mayor and Council, to developers, planning and zoning profession-
als, the ANCs, civic groups, and everyday Washingtonians.
Expert Witness Available
A Shout-Out from Cheryl Barnes for Securities Arbitrations and
Street Politics heard from Cheryl Barnes, Washington’s well-known Trust & Probate Litigations
freelance homeless advocate, who had a message for the Committee
to Save Franklin Shelter: “Your voice was heard in your city of Wash-
ington, D.C. It reminds me of the voice coming from a guy named
Over 30 years investment experience including 19 years as Bank
Mitch Snyder, that we humans in the state of homelessness might Portfolio Manager for Fiduciary & Discretionary Accounts. Testimony in
be in a shelter for now, but don’t deserve to be there for our future. over 30 Arbitrations (NASD, NYSE, JAMS, AAA), 16 Depositions and 3
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Street Sense . October/November 2006 INTERNATIONAL NEWS 9
Russia Wins Homeless World Cup
In late September, Russia became the new Homeless World Cup champion after defeating first-time
team Kazakhstan 1-0 in the final match.
“One of my strongest dreams has been realized,” said Russian Captain Shelaevskiy Viatcheslav. “I
will never forget these days. Our main goal when we get home is the creation of a street soccer league.
Football helped save me. I’ve made friends and if anything happens to me, I now have friends to help
Other teams that finished in the top five were Poland, Mexico and Cameroon, respectively. The
United States’ team ranked 46th overall, finishing above Norway and Malawi.
The event, held in Capetown, South Africa, was the fourth Homeless World Cup and by far the larg-
est. Nearly 500 players representing 48 nations participated in the event, compared to the 27 teams
represented last year.
South African President Thabo Mbeki and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu were among those
present supporting the event.
The Homeless World Cup concept came about in 2001 as the idea of Harald Schied, editor of Aus-
trian street paper Megaphon, and Mel Young, co-founder of The Big Issue Scotland street paper, at the
International Network of Street Papers Conference. The first Homeless World Cup was held in 2003
in Graz, Austria, and has since been played yearly in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2004 and Edinburgh,
Scotland in 2005.
Nike and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) have been supporters of the event
since it began.
Men and women over 16 years of age who have been homeless at some point after September 2005
Knight is just one of nearly 500 homeless people worldwide coming together in South Africa. were eligible to play. Each participating country had a team of eight players, with four playing at a time.
Matches were played in a special stadium on the streets, on enclosed street surfaced courts. Games
SOCCER, from p.1 of his team, by this time a hodgepodge lasted for 14 minutes in four rounds of play.
of players from New York, Charlotte and The 2007 Homeless World Cup is set to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark in July 2007.
“It was not about me playing soccer elsewhere. Passport issues should have - Peter Cohn
but the whole idea of playing soccer to also held up Knight, who is on parole and
bring attention to this whole cause and thought he was unable to leave D.C., let
the problem of homelessness around the alone the country.
world,” Knight said. He also had trouble tracking down his
With sponsors like Nike and special birth certificate and even making it to the
guests like Archbishop Desmond Tutu passport agency in New York. Apparently
the Homeless World Cup has turned into despairing of his making their scheduled
a worldwide phenomenon in just four flight, the rest of the U.S. team and its
years. coach Jeff Grunberg left two days before
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It has also changed the lives of the Knight at last procured his passport.
players, all of whom are homeless or “I am still in awe that I was able to
used to be. A year after the 2004 Home- go,” Knight said. “Everyone was saying I
less World Cup, 78 of the 204 participants should just let it go and that it’s not going
were working regular jobs — including 16 to happen, but I said, ‘No! I am claiming
that became professional soccer play- this.’”
Celebrating Ten Years of Serving
ers or coaches — and 95 improved their
And once Knight got to South Africa
— and managed to find where the players More Than Just Great Food
Last year just 27 teams participated, were staying — he said it was like a dream
including one from the U.S. This year a come true. He said the players were
whole new batch of U.S. players attend- treated like royalty, parading through the
ed, including Knight, the first one from streets, having videos made of their ev-
the Washington area. ery move and being surrounded by locals
Knight became homeless nine months hanging on to their every word.
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the CCNV shelter. There he helped in the reported, not because of their homeless peanut sauce Thai Basil Chicken Salad served over steamed rice with beans and Spanish rice
Smoked Salmon Pinwheels Basil, Mozzarella and Roasted carrot-daikon slaw
computer lab by day and worked at the situation back in their countries of origin,
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Verizon Center at night (a job he learned but through religion, politics, comedy
he’d lost upon his return to the States). — and most important, soccer.
Late in June he saw a poster in the But amongst all the fanfare and cama-
computer lab advertising tryouts for soc- raderie, Knight said what he remembers
cer players for the Homeless USA Cup, most are the locals from South Africa, Fresh Start Catering offers professional catering
and decided to give that sport a try. “It who made him realize how the littlest services while employing graduates from DC
was difficult getting people to show up, gestures can mean so much. Central Kitchen’s Culinary Job Training program,
but there were four of us that were faith- He recalls that after a match on one further preparing them for employment in the
ful and getting into it,” he said. of the last days, a young South African food service industry.
So the team of four went to Charlotte girl came up to him and asked him for
and had a great time — but placed last in something of his she could take away for
the tournament. It therefore seemed to a souvenir. And Knight, standing there
Knight he’d lost to the team from Atlanta, in his sweat-drenched soccer outfit and
the winner, his chance to go to South Af- cleats, told her he had nothing. She then
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10 PHOTOS & POETRY Street Sense . October/November 2006
A Young Heart World
Hello young world!
Is your world truly yours?
Make your homework a chore.
Settle scores for the poor,
and maybe city slick across a few marble floors.
Accept, whatever never.
Keep your perspective broad as the horizon,
and wisen up until your cup
overflow becomes knowledge.
Truly a young world, for sure it’s all yours!
Just grab a book, don’t be a crook.
Open as if every exit is an entrance,
because with patience and perseverance,
prayer can help you concur the frustrations
Here’s the message. Here’s a picture of success. This is a really goo
There is a God, and with acceptance shelter and has a good job and place of his own.
comes his blessing.
For the Lamb’s blood was shed,
and his forgiveness was as of a sip.
Again, young world I say to you, your world is yours.
For the word of God heals the spirit,
as Aloe Vera to a sore!
I call this portrait “Dread Man.” I have never seen dread locks like
that before; they are amazing! Cliff
- Bobby Gene Buggs, Jr.
Vendor Cliff “th
been snapping portra
passersby in the la
these are some of h
wants you to particip
– before reading the ca
Do you see me? I think you do.
Do you hear me? I think you do.
As you walk toward me, what are you thinking
As you walk toward me, what are you saying
As I acknowledge you I get no response
As I acknowledge you I hear mocking remarks
As I acknowledge you I see fear in your eyes
I am to you the Invisible being that does not exist
I am to you the Invisible being that is known as worthless
I am to you the Invisible being who is mentally insane
I am to you the Invisible being who is known as a bum
I am to you the Invisible being who is known as a drunkard
I am to you the Invisible being who is known as a crackhead
I am to you who is known as all of the above
I am to you the Invisible being
- August Mallory
This is Bill. I love his mustache because it’s quite
What really attracted me to this photo was the nurturing aspect of
it – mother with child and all -- but I do like here dreadlocks, too.
Street Sense . October/November 2006 PHOTOS & POETRY 11
A Very Long Walk
There is a pharmacy on this corner.
this is where
i once turned hopes & dreams
there is a pharmacy down the street;
the Very Poor Folks pharmacy
sits on the corner of sixth and nowhere;
in the stifling waiting room
we perch on
cheap plastic chairs
d friend of mine who recently moved out of the
counting the airless hours
our names are called
and life-sustaining capsules
packed in small brown bags
f’s Pics Why do I like this photo? I like dogs and I like ladies and this has
are passed through iron bars
to our hard and fragile hands
e Moose” Carle has a wrong turn at seventh
aits of customers and carries me past
st few months. And a man with broken teeth
& sunken cheeks
his favorites. Now he who grasps me by the shoulder, whispers
“i’ll take you round the corner
pate and try to choose & show you
where they got the real shit...”
aptions – which one is
s can be deceiving! he knows my face from furtive skulking nights
of looking for an ersatz heaven
but on all those mornings after,
rapture’s exit door led to
stinking damp dark depths
and my screams of anguish echoed against
attentive ears of no-one
it is a very long walk
from seventh to sixth,
from the pharmacy on this corner
(sidewalks lined with whispering hucksters)
to the Poverty Pharmacy
where the very poor folks
which fix broken
hearts & heads & lives.
- David Harris
e, um, unique.
I love this picture because this guy looks so put together but he re-
ally is a nut obsessed with Jennifer Lopez. He’s the homeless one.
12 FEATURES Street Sense . October/November 2006
MY TURN AT THE TABLE By Allen Jones
Brazilian Brilliance But, let’s get to the important de-
A Portrait of Innocence
tails of this review: the food.
Our first course was a variety of
vegetables and cold meats. There
were too many choices to remem-
ber, but many of the vegetables
were from different countries like
South Africa and Italy. I really en-
joyed all of them, but one really
stood out—the tubule. Tubule is a
choppy green vegetable dish that
resembles fresh spinach, and was
very good on its own. We also en-
joyed the delicious fried bread po-
tatoes. And we particularly enjoyed
the cold salmon and a cold lunch-
meat steak, which was like biting
The main course consisted of
several rounds of different meats,
which were all delectable. Our fa-
vorites were the filet mignon, roast-
ed chicken and steaks served on
spools. Instead of waiting for sepa-
rate orders of well-done, medium
Vendor Allen Jones waits for some perfectly cooked meat or rare meats, all of those choices
from a waiter at Fogo de Chao. were brought to the table.
Street Sense intern Peter Cohn and I were And at Fogo de Chao you do not
happy to get out of the rain and into the classy wait for your order to be taken because they
Fogo de Chao, a Brazilian restaurant in Down- use a signal system using red and green discs.
town D.C. As we entered the restaurant, our Green indicates that you want to be served
hostess greeted us with courtesy and profes- and red means you are not ready to be served.
sionalism. When she escorted us to our table, And as soon as we turned the disc to green a
I noticed right away that this establishment is waiter arrived with a variety of meats.
very popular with the lunch crowd. Truly, I would say that of the many restau-
The restaurant is immaculate and its ar- rant establishments in the downtown area,
chitecture and chandeliers provide a warm, Fago de Chao with its quality entrees, variety
comfortable atmosphere in which individu- of meats and polite and efficient service has
als, couples and groups can dine. The staff to rank at the very top of list. An original drawing of a young girl from Jean-Jean. He is a resident of Franklin Shelter
wears a traditional outfit – tall black boots, and is looking to publish his own book on religion. (If you are interested in purchasing
black pants, red shirts and black vests. Allen has been a vendor for Street Sense for any of his drawings, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Peter and I were quite impressed by the nearly three years. He loves to play tennis and
quick and pleasant service. read books about business strategies.
E-Commerce: Efficiency and Identity Theft
I’ve my life—for the better. there’s no telling when the thief (or thieves) 3. Keep your website passwords in a
been Then one cold day last December when will come back to impersonate me. secure place. Do not use obvious passwords
told that I unknowingly provided an online thief (an I was somewhat consoled when I learned – combinations of letters and numbers are
patience internet “phisher”) with my social security that I was in good company; according to the best. Change your passwords regularly and
is a vir- number, a long list of personal information, FTC, at least 10 million Americans fall victim do not use the same password for every on-
tue; in and the keys to a lot more. Days later, I was to identity theft each year, and most fall vic- line account.
fact, I’m faced with the rude awakening that my iden- tim due to their internet activities. Until it 4. Protect your computer with reputa-
told that quite often by family and friends, tity had been stolen. happened to me, I was one of those people ble firewall, antivirus and spyware software.
because patience is something that doesn’t It was really hard for me to swallow the fact who thought that I was too smart to be duped It is worth the expense, and some programs
always come easily for me. If you want to that the same efficient technology that made by the latest phishing scheme. So I will repeat are free.
see me at my worst, put me in a long line at it so easy for me to conduct my daily business the advice that I’d heard many times before, 5. Review your credit report at least
the bank or DMV – with no reading material made it equally easy for a stranger to steal my but which, in a moment of haste, I failed to every 6 months and make sure that you rec-
– and watch me fidget, as my mind reels with identity. heed: ognize everything. You can order a free copy
thoughts of all the things I could be getting The following months were not fun; I filed annually from each of the three major credit
done if I weren’t standing in line. police reports, fraud alerts with the three 1. If you get an e-mail or pop-up alert bureaus (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion)
Given my low tolerance for waiting, I was major credit bureaus, an identity theft re- asking for personal information, don’t reply at www.annualcreditreport.com.
beside myself when I learned that I could port with the Federal Trade Commission or click on the link in the message. Legitimate
stop waiting and “point and click” instead. In (FTC), and several affidavits with my bank to companies never request personal informa- To learn more about identity theft and how
no time at all I was paying bills, shopping for get stolen funds returned to my accounts. I tion by e-mail. to deter, detect, or defend yourself if you be-
books, clothes and household items, check- spent countless hours on the phone explain- 2. Before you make a purchase or share come a victim, visit ftc.gov/idtheft or call the
ing my bank account balances and transfer- ing to creditors that my identity was stolen personal information online, make sure the FTC hotline, 1-877-ID THEFT.
ring funds, registering my car, buying and and I had not ordered the items that I was website is secure. Look for a lock icon on your
shipping birthday gifts, and so much more, all billed for. I signed up for a credit monitoring web browser’s status bar or a URL that begins This regular financial column is presented
online. In addition to the time I saved, I was service that sent text messages to my phone with “https” (the “s” means “secure.) But also by Capital Area Asset Building Corporation
also thrilled about the money I was saving on several times a week alerting me to the lat- know that scammers can forge these security (www.caab.org). Send your questions on this
postage, transportation, and sales tax. There est attack. It was a tremendous hassle, and indicators, so it’s best to stick to sites that you topic or ideas for future topics to saving@caab.
was no question that e-commerce changed while it seems to be under control right now, know and trust. org.
Street Sense . October/November 2006 LITERATURE 13
Marvin Hammerman Slavery: From its Ancient Roots
A mystery novel in parts
to its Legacy in the New World
BOOK 3, PART 9
David Brion Davis’s “Inhuman Bondage”
is a thorough recounting of slavery in the New
By August Mallory World, from the capture of blacks in Africa,
their enslavement in the Caribbean and the
Americas, and finally to their release.
This easy read leaves few aspects of this
As late evening approaches in East Point, Ga., three men are planning to make tragic period unexamined.
another move on an innocent victim. Davis is a Sterling Professor of History
“Ok, so what’s our next move?” asked Handler. “We have to make a hit some- Emeritus at Yale University and Director
where.” Emeritus of the Gilder Lehrman Center for
“Not so fast, man,” said Smith, “we are going to have to think this thing through. the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Aboli-
We have to figure out how we are going to handle those two dudes that we ran tion, also at Yale, and is widely considered the
into earlier—especially that one dude who does all that fancy foot kicking.” country’s leading authority on slavery. “Inhu-
“Yeah! He almost broke my neck with that spin kick of his,” said Williams. “We man Bondage” (Oxford 2006), subtitled “the
need to hold back and figure this out awhile.” Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World”,
As these three are figuring out their dastardly plan, Hammerman and Jamison attests to this.
are back at the Marriott Marquis Hotel working on a strategy to find these three He reminds us that slavery was not unique
guys. to the New World, and goes back at least to
“Russ, Mr. Gregory gave us the name of a woman who was almost killed by this ancient Rome. But it was not until the 1500s
Handler guy. What was her name again?” that it became widespread, with blacks be-
“Yeah, Carmella Henderson was her name—she stays at the women’s section of ing captured in Africa and transported by the
the Atlanta Union Mission; maybe we can call the mission and talk to her.” New World’s conquerors to labor in their new,
“Well, let’s see what they tell us.” rich lands. Inhuman Bondage
Hammerman makes the call to the Atlanta Union Mission and is transferred to “The peoples of West Africa, as well as By David Brion Davis
the executive director. those of every maritime nation in western (Oxford University Press, 2006)
“Good evening,sir. My name is Marvin Hammerman. I am a District Attorney Europe and every colony in the New World,” slave rebellion in the New World, the success-
working on a case here in Atlanta, and am in need of your help to locate someone Davis writes, “played a part in the creation of ful 1791-1804 revolution by blacks in Haiti
for me, a woman by the name of Carmella Henderson.” the world’s first system of multinational pro- and its impact on North America. The victory
“Very good, sir,” says the director. “Allow me to connect you with the women’s duction for what emerged as a mass market by Haitian blacks over the armies of France,
shelter.” Once directed to the women’s shelter, Hammerman begins to provide -- a market for slave-produced sugar, tobacco, Spain and Britain inspired other blacks and
details of the case. Meanwhile, efforts are being made to locate Carmella Hender- coffee, chocolate, dye stuffs, rice, hemp and “hovered like a weapon of mass destruction
son, and it is discovered that she is at a day resource called the Gateway Center. cotton.” in the minds of slave-holders as late as the
As Hammerman and Jamison make their way to the Gateway, Smith, Williams and Truly multinational, blacks were first cap- American Civil War.”
Handler are now in town searching for another victim to assault. tured by other blacks, then sold in West Afri- Abolitionism in Britain in the 1830s, and
At police headquarters, Capt. Chadwell comes up with some surprising informa- can ports, then transferred to British, Spanish Britain’s freeing of some 800,000 colonial
tion: The fingerprints left on the knife at the crime scene are the same fingerprints or Portuguese slavers and taken to the Carib- slaves put pressure on other European na-
found on a blunt object used to kill Billy Joe Biddle. The fingerprints belong to a bean islands or to mainland North America. tions to end their slave trade and led to a
man by the name of Daniel Smith—a longtime fugitive on the run. There the enslaved were sold, and with the strengthening of anti-slavery forces in the
Chadwell immediately contacts Jamison and informs him of the discovery. money “earned,” the ships bought up the New United States.
Once Jamison finishes speaking with Capt. Chadwell, he and Hammerman con- World’s goods for transport to the Old World. But U.S. abolitionists faced strong op-
tinue their interview with Carmella Henderson. And there, once the cargo was unloaded, the position. The government supported slavery
“Miss Henderson, we were referred to you by a Mr. Ronald Gregory. We really ships headed back to Africa for a new load of and slavery’s economic benefits were great.
need your help in this case we are working on. Mr. Gregory tells us you once had a slaves. To maintain this “inhuman bondage,” Davis
confrontation with a Jeffery Handler.” Davis says slavery was vital to the New writes, “the ‘lords of the lash’ forged close
“Yes,” she replies, “I know who Jeffery Handler is. He is a total nutcase who does World and not an accident. “We must face the ties with Northern ‘lords of the loom,’ to say
not belong on the street. I had been drinking very heavily one day and he nearly ultimate contradiction that our free and dem- nothing of Northern banking, insurance and
beat me senseless with a very large stick almost as thick and heavy as a 2x4. I ocratic society was made possible by massive shipping firms.”
thought he was going to kill me. I was too intoxicated to defend myself, and that’s slave labor.” But the abolitionists were a potent force.
how he got the better of me. I spent several days in Grady Memorial Hospital with He writes extensively about the rise of And then came Abraham Lincoln. Before him,
two broken ribs, a broken knee bone, a broken collar bone, two black eyes and a slave labor and its uses in Portuguese Brazil, no president had challenged the slave-hold-
swollen face. That man is crazy—he has no remorse for anybody or anything. but centers on slavery in North America and ing interests. Lincoln’s election, however, led
She adds, “He hangs out with two other men who call themselves Smitty and the Caribbean. to formation of the Confederacy, which gave
Gutter; I don’t know their real names.” In a discussion of a subject not often recognition and protection to the institution
“I believe we do; that information is being sought after as we speak,” replies covered by other writers on slavery, Davis of slavery.
Hammerman. examines racism’s link to slavery. He asks if The federal reaction was the Emancipation
Hammerman and Jamison are observed from three pairs of watchful eyes as anti-black racism led to the choice of Africans Proclamation.
they leave the Gateway Center. Suddenly, a large stone hits Jamison in the back to meet the labor demands of the New World Davis concludes that slavery in the New
and he falls to the ground. Smith, Handler and Williams go on the attack fast and or was racism the result of long-term inter- World ended in large measure through a ma-
hard—knocking Hammerman off balance. Instantly, a gunshot is fired that hits action with black slaves, as some historians jor transformation in moral perception led
Jamison in the right leg and Hammerman in the shoulder. The three men take off have claimed. by anti-slavery advocates. These advocates
running. Racism/slavery is a complex equation, but “were willing to condemn an institution that
Witnesses heard the shooting, and one yells to his staff inside about what has Davis points out that in both the ancient and had been sanctioned for thousands of years
just taken place. medieval worlds there was a strong inclina- and who also strove to make human society
Security personnel move swiftly to the aid of Hammerman and Jamison; the po- tion to equate slavery with ugliness and dark something more than an endless contest of
lice are called, and an EMS is also en route. skins. “Thus various interpreters claimed over greed and power.”
the ages that the biblical Joseph, sold by his “Inhuman Bondage” is a superb summary
Coming next month: As Jamison and Hammerman are being treated for gunshot brothers to slave traders, did not ‘look like a of New World slavery, its origins and demise,
wounds, Smith, Handler and Williams are identified as the parties who may have slave’, since he was so handsome and light- and also a reminder that although the bond-
been involved in the murder of Billy Joe Biddle. skinned.” This equation still pertains in parts age has ended, slavery’s legacy remains.
of the world.
Davis takes a close look at the first major - Robert Trautman
14 PUZZLES Street Sense . October/November 2006
Cryptogram Street Su-Do-Ku
Solve the message below to discover a famous, This Su-Do-Ku puzzle was put together by vendor Chris Sellman who claims he is obessed with the game.
meaningful quote on poverty and homelessness. He promises that the puzzle below is easy to solve, but warns it may get beginners hooked!
Just fill in the numbers 1 through 9 without repeating a number in any column, row or box.
MKZ SCWZVME CY CRV UZGMRVE JA RGO-
5 7 8
Last Month’s Solution
JPZ MKFM CY FGE CMKZV. JM JA GCM, FA
2 3 8 7 1 5 6 9 4
8 2 5 1 7
1 4 9 6 8 2 7 3 5 7 9 2 4
SCWZVME LFA DZYCVZ, MKZ VZAROM CY 7 5 6 3 9 4 1 2 8
4 7 5 1 2 8 9 6 3 2 6 7 1
6 2 1 9 5 3 4 8 7
GFMRVFO AUFVUJME, DRM CY F AZM CY
8 9 3 4 7 6 2 5 1
9 3 2 4
3 6 7 8 4 9 5 1 2
SVJCVJMJZA JQSCAZB RSCG MKZ VZAM CY 9 1 2 5 3 7 8 4 6
8 6 3 2
5 8 4 2 6 1 3 7 9 4 7 9 1
MKZ LCVOB DE MKZ VJUK. – XCKG DZVIZV
7 6 1 9 8
Hint: Y = F
Last Month’s Solution:
9 8 7
Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads
and empty hearts can do that. ~Norman Vincent Peale
7 Asian nation
Title of respect
1972 Olympic location
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 11 Stringed instrument
17 18 19 12 Captial Area ___
20 21 22 23 13 Glasses part
21 Be incorrect
24 25 26 23 Doused
25 Person sensitive to art
27 28 29 30
26 Impressionist painter
31 32 33 34 35
36 37 38 39
Oak Put a “Face” to Homelessness
30 Author of “Inhuman
40 41 42 43 Bodage”
32 Log house Hear personal stories from people who have
44 45 33 Straight mark experienced it!
34 Institution (abbr.)
46 47 48 49 35 Colors Who is homeless and why?
39 Airman What are the causes of homelessness?
50 51 52 53 54 55 42 Excite
45 Baby eating apparel What can I do to help?
56 57 58 59
46 Common girl’s name
60 61 62
48 Ancient German Get the answers to these and other questions from the
63 64 65
letters REAL EXPERTS!
ACROSS 38 Showery
51 Gilt Bring our “Faces of Homelessness” panel
1 Blooper 40 Compass point 53 Green Gables dweller
6 Green seedless plant 41 Manner 2 City in Yemen 54 Sponsor of Indian to your place of worship, school or community center.
10 Spoken 43 Street ______ 3 ___ de Chao healthcar e act
14 Dote 44 Aegis 4 Shelter saved from 55 Sleigh
15 Vendo who like Maya 45 Small hats closure 58 Apollo
Vendor with trucking job 5 Conger
Antic 6 Large
59 Discs National Coalition for the Homeless
17 Washington _____ Clinic 50 Loaf L A P S C R U B J O H N S
O R A T E A “Faces of Homelessness”
September’s Answer Key
for the Homeless 51 Chat A D S B A F T
18 Object 52 Grabs W V A M E T E R K E L L Y
19 Association (abbr.) 56 Cast metal M I L D E W G R E Y Speakers’ Bureau
20 Soon 57 Competition at the Greek A C M E P L E A A
S G E
21 Sea eagle games N E S T Y E A R N B O O
22 Feels sorry for 59 Irrigation ditch E M E R Y P I L L S Michael O’Neill
24 Corn syrup brand 60 Money raised at auction N O C O S T T E S T E D Director, Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau
26 Split second (in thousands)
V E N T O C H R I S National Coalition for the Homeless
27 Disposable horn 61 Spoke
E A T O S C A R E M U S phone: 202-462-4822 x20
30 Residence hall 62 Booby
T R O T W E S T L E N T fax: 202-462-4823
31 French capital 63 24 hour periods
A C L U L I F T E R
32 Long boat 64 Whirl email: email@example.com
33 Container top 65 Word with home or in R A T I O R O B E D T A I
36 Bushed E V E N S A B O V E L S D
37 Avenue F E N T Y T I B I A E Y E
Street Sense . October/November 2006 FEATURES 15
POP QUIZ By James Davis
Commercial Ruins Inventor
By Conrad Cheek Jr.
Homeless Sensitivity Rating
ver the a decent portion of the financial expectations
last of my invention. Should I solicit someone at
1. Tou are going to lunch solo at a Subway or Quiznos and encounter a homeless few Duracell to purchase the patent on the cheap-
person looking through the trash barrel for food scraps as you go in, do you – years I have er single-use battery version of the PUCCER?
(a) Tell him/her “that’s a nasty habit! Get out of there!” (0 points) been attempt- The advantage of my product is that it is
(b) Tell him/her he shouldn’t eat out of a trashcan, it’s unsanitary. (1 point) ing to patent a universal: all cellular phones can be charged
(c) Offer him $2.00 to get himself/herself something to eat. (3 points) mobile cellular in a car with a cigarette lighter adapter, and
(d) Invite him/her inside as your guest where he can clean up in the restroom and phone charger that same car charger adapter can be used for
treat him/her to lunch. (7 points) I designed. You any cellular phone in a PUCCER or a DUC-
m a y re c a l l a n CER (Duracell Universal Cordless Cellular
2. Tou encounter a homeless person shaking a cup and asking for money, do you - advertisement Recharger.) Others may or may not produce
(a) Yell at him/her “get a job!” (0 points) in Street Sense an adapter for every cell phone on the mar-
(b) Tell him/her a sign might get better results and wish him luck. (1 point) for the PUCCER ket, but the PUCCER and the DUCCER are
(c) Drop all your loose change in his/her cup and smile. (3 points) (Pocket -Sized Universal Cordless Cellular “universal”.
(d) Give him/her a dollar or two and chat him/her up, ask how he/she is doing. Phone Recharger). It is a product that can I am sure that some of our Street Sense
(5 points) charge the average cellular phone twice a day readers want to know the status of the patent
for years to come, with no additional cost. process for the PUCCER.
3. You see a homeless person walking in the snow with no shoes on and you just Recently, I observed an Energizer com- Well, to cut a long story short, it did not
came out of Payless Shoes from a shopping spree. do you – mercial where a person charged his cellular work out, and I guess I am one of the many
(a) Stop and say “hey you idiot, don’t you know it’s freezing out here!?” (0 points) phone with a pocket-sized recharging device people who never managed to secure patent
(b) Say to him/her “you should put some shoes on.” (1 point) using a single-use battery. protection for a good idea, or bring it to the
(c) Offer to buy him/her a pair of socks. (3 points) My hopes for the future were devastated. point of successful, high-volume sales. My in-
(d) Take him/her inside the store and put a pair of shoes and some thermal socks I had planned to complete the patent pro- vestors, patent lawyer and I did not see eye-
on your credit card. (7 points) cess, find a manufacturer and collect royalty to-eye, and the patent process takes a long
checks for a lucrative living-wage retirement. time anyway, more so when disputes arise.
4. You see someone physically attacking a homeless person for no reason, do you - Now I am faced with big corporations making After this, I saw the television ad for a cel-
(a) Join in and help them. (0 points) a similar device. And there are other devices lular phone recharger, and my heart sank. At
(b) Tell him/her to run. (1 point) out there that do the same now – although this point, I would like establish a relationship
(c) Try to stop it by yelling at the attacker. (3 points) they use single-use batteries that have to be with a financial backer and a patent attorney
(d) Try to enlist help from others who are around and call the police. (6 points) replaced. because the PUCCER is only one of my sev-
I can argue that my invention is more eco- eral inventions.
Final Score: nomical in the long run because my recharge- Nothing would make me happier than to
0 – 4 points: Examine your reasoning in buying this paper. Try volunteering at a able battery pack lasts about four years. Based put past disappointments behind me, patent
soup kitchen or shelter. on the cost of the original purchase, this aver- some other good ideas, and start working my
5 – 12 points: You are sensitive to the needs of the homeless. Continue to strive ages out to about $2.00 per month. In addi- way to financial stability.
to become more involved. tion, the PUCCER is more ecologically sound
13 - 20 points: Your heart is in the right place. We need more people like you. because the battery pack is recycled every Conrad has been a vendor for Street Sense
20 points or more: You are a model citizen. Consider becoming an advocate or four years, as opposed to single-use batteries for nearly three years. He can often be found
fulltime volunteer helping the homeless if you are not already. which, with heavy use, may be discarded as at Eastern Market and in Georgetown. See his
often as three times a week. PUCCER “Going Out of Business Sale “ ad on
The question arises as to how I can salvage page 18.
Raising Dollars and Sense
Thanks You! Thank You! Thank You!
Thanks to everyone who attended our first silent auction fundraiser. It was a huge suc-
cess, with 141 people in attendance, 66 items auctioned off, and $9,036 raised.
And a very special thank you to those that helped make it happened. With all of your hard
work and generosity this event turned out to better than expected.
EVENT ORGANIZERS Courtney Meade PUBLISHER LEVEL TICKETS
Jen Pearl Congressional Hunger Center
Ted Henson, chair Jennifer Singleton Caroline Gabel
Amy Dietterich Marian Wiseman Barbara Kagan
Jessi LeGarde John Kenny
Mike O’Neill SPECIAL CONTRIBUTORS Jonathan Lamy
David Pike Michael Osuri
Laura T. Osuri Cafe Saint Ex: for the drinks Swinitha Osuri
Rebecca Schlesinger Fresh Start Catering: for the David Pike
food Bill Slover
EVENT VOLUNTEERS Brad McCormick: for the music Laura Slover
Project Northstar: for the space Bernie and Becky Thompson
Michelle Gaudet St. Andrews School: for the paper Michael Ward
David Hammond flowers Marian Wiseman
And we hope to see all of you and more next September when we plan to do it again, but even bigger and better!
16 EDITORIALS Street Sense . October/November 2006
IN MY OPINION By David Pirtle
ON THE ROAD By August Mallory
A Poor Record on Mental
Cops, Curfews and Health Care for the Poor
Stereortypes in Jackson reported that while the D.C. Jail is currently
operating at 400 inmates below maximum
capacity, the Correctional Treatment Facility,
a medium-security wing for prisoners who
require psychiatric care, is more than 100
inmates over capacity.
This is not a local phenomenon. Jamie Fell-
ner of Human Rights Watch told the Commis-
sion on Safety and Abuse in America’s Prisons
that “there are three times more mentally ill
people in prisons than in mental health hos-
pitals.” In 1985, 5.6% of U.S. prisoners were
diagnosed as mentally ill. By 1999 that num-
n this nation, homelessness and men- ber had increased to more than 16%. That’s
tal illness often go hand-in-hand. 300,000 mentally ill men and women at a cost
begin this story as I prepare to say goodbye to all of my Street Sense The practically nonexistent mental of more than $50,000 per person, or $15 bil-
readers. I have one more trip to make, and that trip will be from health care safety net compounds the inher- lion annually. Fellner characterized the care
Pittsburgh, Pa. ent difficulties of living with symptoms of in these facilities as “woefully deficient.”
As I make my way through the Jackson, Miss., area, I tour the home of civil rights schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other All of this doesn’t even take into account
activist Medgar Evers. Evers fought for the equal rights of African Americans in Mis- diseases, resulting in the current crisis. And those who live in and out of shelters. The ma-
sissippi. As I look around, I still see disdain towards African Americans in this part the situation appears to be only getting worse jority of these people don’t receive even the
of the country. The poverty rate is extremely high, and probably higher than it is in with the shortage of hospital beds and appro- substandard care available to those in the
the Washington D.C. area. priate treatment. District’s hospitals and prisons.
I am directed to a place called the Stewpot Community Services Center, which is As a homeless man struggling with Where I stay, a facility known as Franklin
located at 1100 West Capitol Street in downtown Jackson. It’s a very noisy sort of place, schizoaffective disorder, I am one of more Shelter, there are a number of men who go
and there’s a lot of gridlock among the clients. But as I arrive for lunch, I have a very than a million Americans with mental illness untreated for lack of a genuine intake process
nice, enjoyable meal. who sleep in hospital beds, prison bunks or that could identify those in need and direct
Downtown Jackson is a city unlike Chicago, New York or any of the big-name cit- simply on the street. them to available servic-
ies. It’s a somewhat sleepy, laidback, quiet sort of town where you would expect few Recent surveys have es. Instead, they simply
problems. But Jackson probably has more poverty and crime and fewer compassion- counted more than 12,000 For the men- are warehoused.
ate politicians than any place in the country. homeless people in the For the mentally ill
I recently lear ned that the cur few has been ter minated. Jackson’s greater Washington, D.C., tally ill in shel- in shelters, life is often
arrogant mayor has decided not to fully enforce a curfew on the homeless in area, and between 36% and a constant barrage of
Jackson. As I was having lunch at the Stewpot, that’s all I heard about. 39% have been diagnosed ters, life is often a abuse. Natural victims
I noticed that Jackson police officers were stopping a lot of people for various things. as schizophrenic. When fall prey to those look-
One man was stopped for having his backpack unzipped with a shiny object sticking these people look for help,
constant barrage ing for an easy target.
out. It turned out that the object was a musical instrument that looked liked a weapon to the only entity to which of abuse. Natural At Franklin there have
the officer. I looked at the person, and then I looked at the officer, and they can turn is the city. been several assaults
thought, “Just how ridiculous can you be?” Surely, if the person had a weapon, Unfortunately, Wash- victims fall prey on clients who couldn’t
do you honestly think he would be so stupid as to expose it in clear view? I ington’s record for dealing defend themselves
don’t think so. However, in the criminal justice system, law enforcement with the mentally ill has to those looking and sometimes lacked
officials are trained to think negatively. And that means that when they see a always been poor. even the ability to iden-
person who is homeless or who may appear to be homeless, they think that person is most Last year, D.C. Superior
for an easy target. tify the perpetrator.
definitely the criminal type. Court Chief Judge Rufus This, combined with a
Homeless people are crazy, homeless people are dangerous, homeless people are all King, in a letter to U.S. sense of apathy by the
crooks and thieves, they are all drunks and dope addicts, and they are all lazy and a bunch District Chief Judge Thomas Hogan, ques- staff, virtually guarantees that these attacks
of worthless street trash. That is the rule of law about the homeless in this part of the tioned whether the District was meeting its go unpunished.
country. And it’s a crying shame. legal obligations to the mentally ill, citing a What is most embarrassing about this
May I say this? We talk about dishonesty with the homeless. But we overlook the peo- sharp decrease in the number of admissions situation is that there is no reason why these
ple who wear the fancy $900 to $1000 suits and carry their fancy attaché cases. I have to St. Elizabeths Hospital, the only place people should be in shelters at all. According
often wondered, besides paperwork, what else are they carrying? When we see a person where those afflicted with both poverty and to Sam Tsemberis, founder of the New York-
dressed like that, we feel very comfortable. And yet they could be the mental illness can go for intensive treatment based program Pathways to Housing, it is not
biggest crook there is. And we will allow that person access to any place in the District. I myself can testify as to the only more sensible but also more fiscally re-
around. difficulty of getting oneself hospitalized when sponsible to place the mentally ill in perma-
But when a person who is dressed down in second-hand clothing and you can’t afford it. nent, single-occupancy homes.
looking not-so-presentable, we automatically assume he is up to no good. And King also criticized the increasing number He told The Washington Post that “putting
that is what I have experienced here in the Jackson area. I have spoken of patients who are released from St. Eliza- someone in an apartment with a team of
with a few community leaders, especially church ministers, and they all feel beths only to be readmitted a few days later, clinicians on call costs about $20,000 a year.
that the homeless and people in poverty are treated less than human beings. indicating that they had been discharged Putting someone in a shelter cot costs $25,000
I wanted to stay in Jackson for a couple of more days to get more information on without appropriate treatment and lacking to $30,000 a year.”
Medgar Evers and his assassination. In the next issue, I will share with you what I significant outpatient services. The District of Columbia cannot afford to
found. This drive to push people out of hospitals is keep ignoring this situation. As rates of men-
not unique to the District. Since the advent of tal illness continue to rise, the problems in
Please tune into the More Betterman Show on Radio Station WOL-AM 1450 this deinstitutionalization, the availability of hos- our hospitals, prisons, shelters and streets will
month and next month. As I wrap up my final show in November. pital space for the mentally ill has declined only worsen. Washingtonians need to decide
from more than 200 beds per 100,000 citizens whether we have a responsibility to provide
August has been a vendor since the first issue of Street Sense. He is originally from in 1970 to fewer than 50 in 1992. at least a modicum of services to the most
Indiana but calls Baltimore home. You can contact him at carriergroup2009@yahoo. King’s letter concluded with a criticism of vulnerable of our citizens.
com. Also, if anyone cares to donate to August’s travel fund, please send your contribu- “the criminalization of the mentally ill.” The
tion to Street Sense and note that it is for “On The Road.” justice system in the District is indeed swol- David is a resident of the Franklin Shelter
len with individuals who should be getting in downtown D.C. You can e-mail him at an-
help rather than doing time. The City Paper firstname.lastname@example.org
Street Sense . October/November 2006 EDITORIALS 17
MAURICE SPEAKS Signs of Change
in Different Terms
n September, luck. It’s as simple as that. No alternative shelters are be-
I witnessed ing opened. There is nothing pretty about that reality. By Ralph Dantley
a number Clearly, while some positive changes are taking place,
of changes for the more changes are needed. The lack of available shelters ere in Washington D.C., we are in a crisis that is
homeless, some of during hypothermia season should be regarded as a crisis, called “Affordable Housing.” With the homeless
which are on a per- but so far, there are no signs of any action being taken. and unemployed population growing and minimum
sonal level but not Repeatedly I have heard that under the current city ad- wage not keeping up with the cost of living, how can one expect
all. At theCommuni- ministration, homelessness is not a priority. It is October. to keep a roof over their heads? Especially with Washington D.C.
ty for Creative Non- Action is needed now to affect the upcoming hypothermia becoming “condo crazy,” stating prices from $300,000 and up.
Violence (CCNV ), I season. The question is whether some alternatives can or They make it sound like it’s buying a value meal at McDon-
was able to leave the will be found in the interim. alds, real cheap. Where is this “Affordable Housing” when
temporary quarters By the time the elections are held, it will be too late to people are making only minimum wage and having to work
that I had assumed implement any significant changes for this winter. two jobs just to make it, how are you going to live? With rooms
since June and return I still remember in the years before my becoming costing $500 and up a month, and apartments starting at about
to the floor where the staff members reside. I was eligible homeless when a friend told me that there was no need $800 a month — and that’s for an efficiency, hopefully with
to move into one of the available rooms, so I consider my- for anybody to be on the street in the District of Columbia, utilities included — what’s this “Affordable Housing”, when
self most fortunate. that the city government would provide shelter for any- people aren’t making “Affordable Wages”. Take into consider-
September was also the month for the Democratic pri- body in need. Once, back in the 1980s when the Right to ation those who work and are homeless, living in shelters and
maries. Adrian Fenty was elected as the Democratic can- Shelter Act was in force, his words would have been true. other places.
didate for mayor. For the homeless, this choice certainly But those days are ancient history now. Politicians and realtors speak of “Affordable Housing” as if
comes as good news. He has repeatedly shown concern The words of my friend still ring in my ears; he also be- it’s like going to the bathroom, real easy. Section 8 and vouchers
for the plight of the homeless in the District of Columbia lieved that a resident in the District could not be evicted. aren’t solving the problem, because the list is so long.
as evidenced through the Public Roundtable Committees Apparently he was living in Fool’s Paradise while he was SE Washington D.C. use to be the last frontier for so-called
and through his activity in bringing the Homeless Services living here, and I shudder to think what became of him. “Affordable Housing”, but with the realtors on the prowl, now
Reform Act to approval. He truly believed that homelessness was not possible in SE is a boomtown. Prince George’s county is bearing the brunt
At the same time though, there are some grim realities the District of Columbia. How he could have believed that of all of this dis/relocation and is at the point of declaring war
that the homeless in the District must face; one of them is with the largest shelter for the homeless in the nation ex- on D.C., blaming its rise in crime on D.C. ex-residents.
that hypothermia season this year will leave many people isting in the District is beyond me. So next time you hear someone talk about “Affordable Hous-
with no shelter. If he truly believed that the District of Columbia was a ing,” get their name and where they work and give them a call
The ongoing renovations at CCNV will keep its drop- Shangri-La where homelessness was impossible, would and tell them you and a few thousand people need a place,
in closed to intake for hypothermia cases. Because of the logic not dictate that he would have returned? If he had, and where and when this “Affordable Housing” leasing office
renovations at CCNV, many of the male residents have he would have discovered just how wrong he was. opens.
been issued exit notices and have been transferred to the
Franklin School shelter, thereby filling that facility. Maurice King has been writing editorials for Street Sense Ralph M. Dantley is the founder and executive director of a
The Gales School shelter will not be ready for occu- since January 2004, and is in the process of publishing his new nonprofit called Good Success Servant Services, which pro-
pancy in the coming year, so those people who do not find own book. For comments, please e-mail him at benadam@ vides street outreach and hands-on help to those living on the
bed space in the few available beds will simply be out of cyberdude.com. streets.
Dental Care for the Homeless
Thank You Godmother By Bobby Buggs
here are best interest is this? I’m all for funding a dental benefit under
problems Medicare, but who is going to need the free services when D.C.
with dental Health Care Alliance picks up the tab for those who lack Med-
health care in Wash- icaid or private medical insurance coverage?
ington, D.C., but I’m In addition, grant programs that revamped the low-income
not quite sure if it’s a dental clinic program could very well have hindered the option
lack of communica- to provide Medicaid recipients with dental care. I wouldn’t say
tion or a lack of fund- the program funds were misappropriated, but there was a lack
ing. of research and a failure to determine what would be most ben-
I have experi- eficial for the people accessing these services.
enced numerous Providing services to the needy must be paramount. Regard-
dental issues myself: less of the upgrade of in-house services, overall, it’s still a vicious
I presently have four cycle of running around.
wisdom teeth that When I went to So Others Might Eat for help, they referred
need to be pulled, an me to Walker Jones. When I got to Walker Jones, they asked me
abscess and a cavity to call them later. I called the following day and was told I had
that needs to be seen to. But as a Medicaid recipient, I do not to wait, and so on and so on. Situations like this do not serve
have dental coverage. There are some resources available but Medicaid clients well. We need something better in D.C. that
they’re spread out all over the city. will allow dental patients to get the care they need and not the
A report released in February 2006 by So Others Might Eat’s runaround.
I want to thank my Godmother, Joyce, who helped me
Rebecca Bruno said that the mayor and City Council should
make it through my recovery program these past two years.
work with the Medical Assistance Administration (MAA) to fund Bobby Buggs has been a vendor for Street Sense for two and a
I met her through a friend three years ago, and since then
a dental benefit so that all Medicaid recipients have access to half years, and wants to start his own fashion denim line some-
she has given me the strength and good advice to do what
oral health care. When I read this, I had to ask myself, in whose day soon.
I’ve needed to do. I need to thank her because I love her and
she has always been there for me. When I’m down, she lifts
me up and she told me never to give up. Joyce gives me the
strength I need and has stuck with me. If you are homeless or formerly homeless and want to share you ideas in a thoughtful editorial or if you have artwork or comics
- Vendor Tommy Bennett you wish to be published please send an e-mail to email@example.com or mail to 1317 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005.
18 COMMUNITY PAGE Street Sense . October/November 2006
UPCOMING EVENTS: TIME TO RUN!
5th Annual American Classic 5K: Race for Humanity
Street Sense Is Hiring!!!
**Vendor Manager** Vendor Notes
We are sad to report that vendor, board member and
When: Saturday, Oct. 21, 8 a.m. We are looking for a Vendor Manager who cares
writer August Mallory will be leaving Street Sense at the end
Where: American University Campus. Registration begins at about Street Sense and its mission and is ready for
of November, and moving to Seattle, Wash. August has been
6:30 a.m. in front of Mary Gradon Center. some hands-on work. We want a quick learner who
with Street Sense since it started in November 2003, and
Who: Team Runn’g Heads, a student club at American U. is motivated, creative, patient and organized and has
has consistently written the Marvin Hammerman series
What: Run a race to raise money that will benefit American experience working with homeless people.
every month as well as Focus on Baltimore/On the Road.
University’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity, an organization We will miss his steady presence, his wonderful stories and
that builds homes for families experiencing great financial Duties would include:
his very dry sense of humor dearly, but know that he will do
strife. • Coordinate job skills workshops
great things on the West Coast and Seattle should be grate-
• Recruit and train vendors
ful to have him. While his “On the Road” column will cease,
For more info or to register online visit www.americanclassic5k. • Help vendors get community exposure
August said that he will probably continue Hammerman.
com • Coordinate incentive system for vendors
Perhaps a Seattle-based murder mystery this time?
• Develop ways to increase vendor income
• Provide some case management
19th Annual Help the Homeless Walkathon
This is an Americorps VISTA position (which has a
When: Saturday, Nov. 18. Rain or shine. 7 a.m. Preregistra- set pay and reqires other commitments) through the
tion and event day registration begin. 8:30 a.m. pre-Walkathon National Coalition for the Homeless.
activities begin. 9 a.m. Walkathon begins.
Where: Between 4th and 7th Streets, on the National Mall For more info or to submit your résumé and cover
Who: The Fannie Mae Foundation letter, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
What: Participate in the Walkathon to raise money for The
Fannie Mae Foundation’s Help the Homeless Program. Nearly Goodbye August. We will miss you!
200 beneficiary organizations that provide services to the home-
less in the Washington metropolitan area will receive a portion PUCCER HALF-PRICE SALE!!! On a happier note, vendor Martin Walker has moved out
of the funds raised at the Help the Homeless Program of the area for a new job with a Richmond, Va.-based truck-
How Much: Preregistration fee: $25 for adults, $15 for youth The Pocketsize Universal Cordless Cellphone ing company. This comes just a few weeks after he started
(age 25 and younger); Event Day Registration fee: $30 for adults, Recharger is the last cellular phone charger you’ll another job at Bates Trucking, which he will be leaving. He
$15 for youth. ever need. was selling Street Sense up until the very last hour before
he left town, and promises to report back on his success.
For more info or to register online visit http://www.helpthe- It is designed to be small, lightweight and carried
homelessdc.org/walkathon.html in a shirt pocket or purse. It can replace your lost Three vendors also found work through our silent auc-
or broken home chargers, and will provide at
tion last month, auctioning off their own creations and ser-
least two spare charges per day for years to come.
vices, receiving 20% of the final bid price. Brenda Wilson
When you change cell phones, there is no need to
5th Annual Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger change the PUCCER. It gives you the freedom to provided maid services for two days and a medical blanket
recharge your cell phone while lying on a beach, from World War II; Cliff Carle provided two photographs he
When: Thursday, Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving Day), 8:30 a.m. or walking up the street, sitting on a flight, or out shot; and Patricia Mottley provided two hand-knit hats. If
Where: Begins on Ohio Drive between Independence Avenue on the town at night. you were not the winning bidder and would still like artistic
and West Basin Drive in West Potomac Park. If your cell phone loses power, be prepared photos, knitted hats or maid services, please feel free to call
Who: So Others Might Eat (SOME) to PUCCER UP! Street Sense at 202-347-2006, and we can put you in touch
What: 5K fun run and family walk to benefit SOME. with the appropriate vendor.
How Much: Registration is $20 Please send JUST $40 money order for this
limited edition model to Puccer Enterprises Inc. Both vendor Chris Sellman and writer Jesse Smith had a
For more info or to register online visit www.some.org. .O.
P Box 15879, Wash, D.C., 20003-0879 or brush with Hollywood at the beginning of October. “Shoot-
call (703) 577-9730. Or talk to vendor Conrad er,” a new movie starring Wesley Snipes and Danny Glover,
Cheek Jr. about it as he is also the inventor.
If you are a local nonprofit and have an event or announcement was recently filming in D.C., and for one day the crew and
you want to publicize, please send all the key information to info@ extras ate lunch at the church where the Street Sense office
streetsense.org before the 10th of the month. is located. At the last minute the catering needed help, so
Chris and Jesse stepped in and what was thought to be an
afternoon gig turned into five days of helping to feed and
clean up after the “Shooter” cast and crew. And they even
Subscribe to Street Sense! got to see a glimpse of Glover, who Jesse said seemed like
a nice guy and mingled with the extras.
And vendor Patty Smith, who has one shift a week in the
Want to continue to support Street Sense throughout the year? Order a subscription. When you do, not Street Sense office, can now be found at the Community
only will you receive 12 issues packed with all our latest news, poetry and photography, you will also Council for Homelessness at Friendship Place in Tenley-
contribute to raising awareness on poverty in Washington. town, where she recently started working in its office once
a week. Patty and Street Sense associate editor David Ham-
mond also recently met with the staff of Friendship Place,
___ YES! I want to subscribe to Street Sense. That means I get 12 issues for $25 a year. and Patty spoke about her experience with Street Sense and
___ YES! I want to give half of the cost of a subscription to my favorite vendor: _________________ helped to spread the word about the paper.
And in case you were wondering what a large group of
Name: ______________________________________________________________________________ shabbily-dressed students was doing selling Street Sense
Address: ____________________________________________________________________________ on Oct. 8 and 9, they were part of an Urban Plunge, led by
City: _________________________________________State:_______________ Zip: _______________ vendor Cliff Carle. Through the Urban Plunge, arranged by
the National Coalition for the Homeless, students experi-
ence homelessness for 48 hours, complete with sleeping
Email: ______________________________________________________________________________ on the streets, going to soup kitchens, panhandling and
– of course – selling Street Sense. For more info on Urban
Plunges, call 202-462-4822 or e-mail info@nationalhome-
Mail to: Street Sense, 1317 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20005. Thanks for your support!
Street Sense . October/November 2006 SERVICE PROVIDERS & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 19
Community Service Index
SHELTERS SOUP KITCHENS
Hypothermia Hotline: 1- 800-535-7252
Food and Friends Byte Back (computer training)
219 Riggs Road, NE 815 Monroe Street, NE
Calvary Women’s Services 10th Street Baptist Church Washington, DC 20011 Washington, DC 20017
928 5th Street, NW 1000 R Street, NW (202) 269-2277 (202) 529-3395
Washington, DC 20001 Washington, DC 20001
(202) 783-6651 (202) 232-1685 The Welcome Table Capital Area Food Bank
Church of the Epiphany 645 Taylor Street, NE
Central Union Mission (Men) Charlie’s Place 1317 G Street, NW Washington, DC 20017
1350 R Street, NW 1830 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20005 (202) 526-5344 x223
Washington, DC 20009 Washington, DC 20009 (202) 347-2635
(202) 745-7118 (202) 232-3066 Catholic Community Services Homeless
MEDICAL RESOURCES Services of Washington, DC
CCNV (Men and Women) Church of the Pilgrims 924 G Street, NW
425 2nd Street, NW 2201 P Street, NW Christ House Washington, DC 20001
Washington, DC 20001 Washington, DC 20037 1717 Columbia Road, NW (202) 772-4300
(202) 393-1909 (202) 387-6612 Washington, DC 20009
(202) 328-1100 Catholic Comm. Services Emergency Center
Community of Hope (Family) Dinner Program for Homeless Women 1438 Rhode Island Avenue, NE
1413 Girard Street, NW 945 G Street, NW Community of Hope Washington, DC 20018
Washington, DC 20009 Washington, DC 20001 2250 Champlain Street, NW (202) 526-4100
(202) 232-7356 (202) 737-9311 Washington, DC 20009
(202) 232-9022 Coalition for the Homeless
DC Village (Family) Eofula-Spanish Senior Center 1234 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
2-A DC Village Lane, SW 1842 Calvert Street, NW Unity Health Care, Inc. Washington, DC 20005
Washington, DC 20032 Washington, DC 20009 3020 14th Street, NW (202) 347-8870
202-561-8090 (202) 483-5800 Washington, DC 20009
(202) 745-4300 Community Partnership for the Prevention
Franklin School (Men) McKenna’s Wagon of Homelessness
13th and K streets, NW 2114 14th Street, NW Whitman-Walker Clinic 801 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20001 Washington, DC 20009 1407 S Street, NW Washington, DC 20003
(202) 638-7424 (202) 328-6608 Washington, DC 20009 (202) 543-5298
Gospel Rescue Ministries (Men) Miriam’s Kitchen Community Family Life Services
810 5th Street, NW 2401 Virginia Ave, NW OUTREACH CENTERS 305 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001 Washington, DC 20037 Washington, DC 20001
(202) 842-1731 (202) 452-8926 Downtown Services Center (202) 347-0511
945 G Street, NW
House of Imagene Shelters So Others Might Eat (SOME) Washington, DC 20001 Foundry Methodist Church (Aid, Clothing)
214 P Street, NW 71 “O” Street, NW (202) 737-9311 1500 16th Street, NW 20036
Washington, DC 20001 Washington, DC 20001 (202) 332-4010
(202) 518-8488 (202) 797-8806 Bethany Women’s Center
1333 N Street, NW Hermano Pedro DC Center
House of Ruth: Madison Emergency Shelter Washington City Church of the Brethren Washington, DC 20005 1501 Park Road, NW
(Women) 337 North Carolina Ave, SE (202) 939-2060 Washington, DC 20010
651 10th Street, NE Washington, DC 20003 (202) 332-2874
Washington, DC 20002 (202) 547-5924 Georgetown Ministry Center
(202) 547-2600 1041 Wisconsin Avenue, NW JHP, Inc. (Jobs and Housing)
The Welcome Table Washington, DC 20007 1526 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
John Young Center (Women) Church of the Epiphany (202) 338-8301 Washington, DC 20003
117 D Street, NW 1317 G Street, NW (202) 544-5300
Washington, DC 20001 Washington, DC 20005 Martha’s Table
(202) 639-8469 (202) 347-2635 2114 14th Street, NW Jubilee Jobs
Washington, DC 20009 1640 Columbia Road, NW
La Casa Bilingual Shelter (Men) Zacchaeus Community Kitchen (202) 328-6608 Washington, DC 20009
1436 Irving Street, NW (“9:30 Club”) (202) 667-8970
Washington, DC 20010 10th and G Streets, NW Rachel’s Women’s Center
(202) 673-3592 Washington, DC 20001 1222 11th Street, NW Samaritan Ministry
(202) 393-9144 Washington, DC 20001 1345 U Street, SE
N Street Village (Women) (202) 682-1005 Washington, DC 20020 and
1333 N Street, NW EMERGENCY FOOD 1516 Hamilton Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005 Sasha Bruce Youth Work Washington, DC 20011
(202) 939-2060 Bread for the City 741 8th Street, SE 202-889-7702
1525 Seventh Street, NW Washington, DC 20003
801-East Washington, DC 20001 (202) 675-9340 Travelers Aid, Union Station (train level)
on the St. Elizabeth’s Hospital campus (202) 265-2400AND 50 Mass. Avenue, NE
2700 MLK Ave., SE 1640 Good Hope Road, SE Friendship House Washington, DC 20002
Washington, DC Washington, DC 20020 619 D Street, SE (202) 371-1937
(202) 561-4014 (202) 561-8587 Washington, DC 20003
(202) 675-9050 Virginia Williams Family Resource Center
New York Ave Shelter (Men) Covenant House of Washington 25 M Street, SW
1355-57 New York Avenue, NE 2001Mississippi Ave, SE Community Council for the Homeless Washington, DC 20024
Washington, DC 20002 Washington, DC 20020 at Friendship Place (202) 724-3932
(202) 832-2359 (202) 610-9630 4713 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016 Washington Legal Clinic for the
Open Door Shelter (Women) Father McKenna Center (202) 364-1419 Homeless
425 Mitch Snyder Place, NW 19 Eye Street, NW 1200 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001 Washington, DC 20001 Washington, DC 20009
(202) 639-8093 (202) 842-1112 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES (202) 328-5500
PHOTO FINISH VENDOR PROFILE
... And Sometimes Y Amia, 36, was born and
By Tessa Moran raised in Northeast Washington
D.C. She spent all of her life in
foster care with various brothers
and sisters in what she referred
to as a “Christian home.”
After graduating high school
she spent most of her adult life
working as a security guard for
various companies in the D.C.
area. She was recently unable to
find work in this field after she
was denied her security clear-
ance because of a restructuring
of the system.
She currently stays at the
Open Door Shelter, and she
is very active at Metropolitan
Baptist Church. Here she helps
out with the Pre-K to five year old ministry on Sundays and is also in the Temple
Sentinel security ministry.
How did you become homeless?
Back in 2001 I had my own apartment and the landlord had trouble keeping the
apartment up and I had to leave so she could take care of the fixtures, but then I
was never able to get back in the place. So I stayed with friends for a while and paid
them but that wasn’t working out, so I moved into the shelter five months ago.
Why do you sell Street Sense?
Because I can generally relate to the paper. My favorite part of selling it is inter-
acting with people.
Valerie Briggs instructs adult students in sounding out words at the Washington Literacy Council.
To learn more about adult illiteracy in Washington, D.C., read the story on page 5.
What advice would you give someone who is homeless?
No matter how difficult a time comes to pass, focus on yourself and better your-
StreetFact I strive to better educate myself. Maybe go to college.
Outside of the District of Colum- I like a whole range but my favorite is gospel.
bia, Fairfax County has the largest Favorite movie?
I like various action pictures, especially ones with Steven Seagal.
homeless population with 1,164 Favorite Food?
individuals or 1.7% of the county’s That’s an easy one: steak, medium.
residents. Maya Angelou.
SOURCE: METROPOLITAN REGIONAL COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS reminds customers to only buy
from badged vendors and not to
give to those panhandling with
October/November 2006 • Volume 3 • Issue 12
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