1) Bruce Pearson is going to canvass Mercury Way at some point tomorrow. If you have a few hours, it would be great for him to have a partner. Also, some of those who got our notice who will come looking for a way to return the completed form or pick up blank ones. Call me 795-2890.
2) Consider becoming a “Buddy” with one person next week, to help them get their home/vehicle smog-ed, registered (and repaired if necessary). Call me 795-2890.
3) If you can help get a vehicle where Sara was living out of the tow truck lot, email Michael immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE BACK STORY
As many of you know, on Monday morning we got word that the police were in the R.V. area off Corporate Center Parkway with tow trucks. Homeless Action! people put a sign on the door of our usual Monday meeting and joined the CAC people who’d come out to help. They towed a van, Sara’s PT Cruiser and one other vehicle. Albert B. was woken up by a cop who said his van would be towed as soon as the tow truck arrived. He had less than 40 minutes to gather his things by the side of the road.
Gregory, Gail, Bruce, Michael T., Victoria, Eileen, Colleen, Thomas, Anita, Adrian S. and I supported people, did legal observing and whatever else we could do to help. Kathleen called the Press Democrat repeatedly until she reached a reporter. We gave Albert support all the way to making up his bed at Sam Jones — getting some of his property back along the way. We also continued work on a survey of those who are living there. Someone made a video. Would you please “reply all” to this email and send us a link?
SARA’S TOWED CRUISER
Michael is trying to raise money toward getting Sara’s PT Cruiser out of the tow truck lot. It costs $200 plus $55 per day that it is in the tow yard. So we are looking at about $365 if we can get it out on Wednesday. So far we only have $165. If you can help, email Michael immediately at email@example.com
Many people have left the area.
Gregory, Julie Combs, Jack Tibbetts and Jennielynn Holmes all talked to “People Who Decide” about leaving the residents alone as long as they are working with us on their registration and/or working with the HOST people through Coordinated Entry.
The Press Democrat did a front page story on Tuesday morning:
GETTING VEHICLES REGISTERED
On Monday afternoon, we knew that we will have a donor for $15,000 toward registering and getting many of vehicles up and running. That was very energizing. We particularly want to save the R.V.’s and Trailers which make a home for many of these folks.
We began offering a Request for Funding form. So far, 25 people have filled out the Request Forms. It’s likely we’ll have more than 30 by the end of the week. We are going up and down the streets, usually in pairs, and talking to people one by one, and filling out the forms. We’ve done all the streets but one.
No one was towed today.
We’ve begun putting the attached sign on special orange paper on the vehicles who have filled out their Request for Funding forms and are working with us on their registration. But, we have no agreement from the SRPD that they will honor this sign.
There’s a meeting on Thursday at 2 pm among “People Who Decide” about what do to. Capt. Craig Schwartz is in charge of the police actions.
This is why I asked you to “Buddy Up” with one person to help them get their home/vehicle smog-ed and registered (and repaired if necessary) If each of us takes one person, we can do this smoothly and quickly, with joy and happiness for all.
There are a lot of stories and much hardship. I’d like to tell you about some of the people I talked with today but I think it’s better to protect their privacy. Any of you who have done interviews at any of the camps know how your heart both opens and breaks as you talk with people.
I’m taking a day off from the camp tomorrow, so I can straighten out the paperwork and get it all in order. You can catch me at home until about 1 pm. 795-2890