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Gus lives in San Antonio’s only homeless shelter. He is what the place calls a “prospect”. He is allowed to sleep on the ground in a large courtyard area. Gus would rather camp than live […]

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Gus lives in San Antonio’s only homeless shelter. He is what the place calls a “prospect”. He is allowed to sleep on the ground in a large courtyard area.

Gus would rather camp than live in Haven for Hope, but the police keep raiding the camps giving people the choice between jail of Haven For Hope

Haven For Hope is a newly opened shelter in town. I only spent a little time there. Although the facility is impressive their solution seems more like institutionalizing homelessness.

Please note that I never asked anyone to speak about this shelter, yet in every interview that was the topic. Street talk about services is not always honest, but in this situation, and from my own tour of Haven of Hope, I have to agree that this is not a way to treat people. Even for my interview they only allowed me to talk to the Head of Secretary.

The ‘airport security’ and giving people the title of “prospects” and “members” gave me the creeps. But my concern is that homeless people in San Antonio are no longer given the freedom of choice.

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  • veggieburgerus

    This ‘story’ appears to be 6 years old….so has no current relevance. I have fed homeless weekly in Houston for 27 years and know these issues rather well. My sentiments clearly lean to the people of the street, but I am also an ‘inside person’ and see the position of citizens who happen to live near homeless camps and wish to not be subjected to such. Obviously, the responsibility lies with the city to ‘do something’ to help both the homeless and the ‘inside people’…rather than just scattering them to be out-of-site, which is often the preferred method. Houston has made recent strides to put homeless…..especially veterans into housing as a first step to rehabilitation and reintegration. There is not enough data yet to determine whether this is a long-term solution or just another stopgap before the Super Bowl. I do not know the San Antonio facility first-hand, but I admire their attempts to creatively approach this growing and disturbing trend for people to slip off the edge into homelessness. Whether this fall is into the abyss or just a road bump is our collective challenge. My extensive experience with ‘outside people’ reveals that solutions offered to the homeless must be appealing…..not just to avoid punishment. Many here do prefer camping to being forced to perform (pray, etc) before they receive a meal & a cot. Now just what is the carrot….and the stick, differed widely from city to city.

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