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Caring for human beings seems like the best use of my time, homeless or not.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Severe Weather Shelters

City of Seattle authorizes these "severe weather shelters" that open when the temp drops or wind and rain get to be intolerable. Shelters open at 9:00 pm and dump people out at 5:30 or 6:00 a.m. the next morning. One big room, men at this end, women at that end (or women only, in one case). And if there is a big awful snowstorm, they add capacity at the Seattle Center.

The point -- keep people from dying outside.

My beef: People leave in the morning have no idea if the shelter will be open that next night. So they keep coming back, then suddenly one night a city worker decides it ain't cold enough. Not open.

The people are lined up at 9:00 pm waiting to get in. Waiting for nothing.

What a world.


Blogger katia said...

shaking my head..

can you believe it's been a week since tougo's?
time does zoooom as i get older.
when shall we meet again and you
can bring me that book?

2:44 PM  
Blogger Blogging Blumers said...

Frankly, I don't understand the system. The mission in my neck of the woods does the same thing. Are they here to help or not?


6:21 PM  
Anonymous donna.pierce said...

Great job on "City Inside/Out" the other day, Rick. Keep pushing back on the City's spin.

8:48 AM  

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