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About March Madness

About March Madness

By Ronnie Barbett

There is a situation developing here in Madison regarding the homeless issue. It’s being seen as “a gap in services” an interruption in systems already in place. I like complaining as well as applauding about certain efforts relating to any and all solutions on homelessness. I sense that I’m not all that knowledgeable to how a city cares for it’s people. Even if that people come from elsewhere with a plan to settle here…don’t they eventually become your people? Aren’t you liable in some sort of why? When something needed “for all” comes into play, what is the decision that is reached? The gap in services comes at the wrong moment in time…who decides to override that normal setup? Some predicaments that occur due to economic circumstances, political or weather influences too should be a consideration for a change in the normal setup. That’s the way I feel about what’s about to happen.

Let’s think about this! Okay. The point in time survey noted an increase in the homeless. Will the Madison Police Department notice a negative increase in “everything going on” this coming spring and summer seasons around this city? Did anyone ask a representative from the law and order system what they recommend? Is there a survey out there that would support keeping the Day Warming Center and the Men’s Shelter from operating or not operating permanently around the clock? I would think, moneywise, that it would be better served to keep people inside. No to letting them loose on the streets. The proposal to run a 365 day, 24-hour multi-care counseling resource center was put out there. All of the organizations in this city that deal with the homeless issue are still in place and funded to provide better services, if they are in sync with the housing and employment industry. What is past is past…let’s put bad news and misconception to rest. I know about the undesirable element deep within this city. counseling to help them blend in, while we agree to put up with them while they struggle on the treadmill that Madison has going on. Let’s stop punishing and successfully rehabilitate our people with more than one chance. A cut off of any viable service is not it.

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About Operation Welcome Home

OWH is a group of homeless people in Madison, WI and their allies organizing around the root causes of homelessness- racism, poverty, and criminalization. We are fighting for housing, jobs, and an end to the criminalization of poverty.

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