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11-16 3:10pm Spud talks to WWL listeners about homelessness

Nov 16, 2012|

Spud talks to WWL listeners about issues facing homeless people in our community

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I'm afraid of what sort of against seven dozens of yeah. 26 -- 7866889087. And as I told rely and we spent. Last hour talking with Jim Kelly. Vote Covenant House and Martha K goal of unity of greater Lawrence and Martha I had -- -- had a book caller and who made up a chunk -- -- Thomas gonna talk tomorrow about science and a stay. And what we're gonna do is is not a couple more calls and talk to Martha is one of the things we're talking about with the moments Martha by the way thanks for donuts where can people find out more about. Unity of greater Norman so that they can contribute or who knows use your services or maybe they know somebody they can recommend or something where. They can call 8214496. Or go to our web site which is unity -- and dot org UN I TYGMO. Dot. Org and where I mean suppose there are homeless people listen under the Saddam a phone -- thing I mean do they didn't show up for you could even have for anything go to omission or church and they can be directed to you guys services -- Yes they can go to any of the shelters or they can come -- off with a 2475. Canal street. We're all we're an umbrella organization you know we. We coordinate the whole network of housing and services for the almost found only in Orleans but also in Jefferson Parish. And then actually I got a caller right now who's talking about homeless in general -- key things rang and on Europe on W no Rio. Yeah. That's exactly where all the column you know are always people in the -- on -- so there's almost everything but. I want -- element that apparently Metairie and I've been one in -- thing -- about the Obama. -- Where well I mean. Which I mean -- you guys. Coordinate with what what kind of shelter -- talk about and germs around because in -- we always hear the news okay you know keep that they they're gonna give a freeze warning -- -- -- open up the shelters. In in in New Orleans what happens in Jefferson Parish on the Conosoga. Well we all work together as a whole there is a family shelter on the West Bank but in Jefferson Parish. Unaccompanied. Individuals would he pick New Orleans parish. So. That we all work together all of them all the agencies try to provide for everybody. But there is no there is no mission or other places the only place in Jefferson Parish is a family show from a West Bank. Which does have to keep hitting good because he's in my country. Well he may have to come in for services. But it depends on this particular situation what resources might be available mean. And in the basically. You know about -- growth in income and everything I did need help forgo on board. You know ordered deposit boy and -- you know someone I want something to help him with a performance Amare you know -- NASA is -- like the caller had Leon who was homeless but he still have a job but it was just matter Denton. Get off the streets get into someplace because like Micah Martha said the rents are getting pretty. Well yeah if you -- call later on back to our number and then all of them are steps should be able to help you. Figure out how to how to find an apartment. Okay with the phone number again 214496. Eight Q1 global announces. Was -- hours over there -- The latest Friday afternoon. Right. Let's see if he called back at about fifteen minutes I'll make sure that you need somebody assist them right away. OK okay cool thanks I appreciate your hang our. 260187. Is an armored hero quick got Martha -- -- again though we need to talk about the there all of these upcoming events that are happening or as my. I have a new story here from a from here it is. Chain rose -- estimate. According to the -- this morning -- and -- requests of all homeless men and women remove themselves and all their belongings from under and around -- -- expressway. Get all spruced up here in the city for some big events or -- of Sugar Bowl Super Bowl -- brought the NCAA women's final four. David -- under the new head in the norms -- says that's gonna leave local public assistance providers over filled. Imus I'm assuming that is going to be the case what at what normally happens -- when we have big situations like that their Martha and they asked the homeless to go find some place else to be. While there are 41 people who were. Transported to shelter from under the bridge that morning he so we and we have actually been working with the people under the bridge for quite -- while -- with particular focus son. Very large numbers of disabled people under the bridge in providing permanent happens without a -- it's really too. And both. Person's almost as -- well -- continue to work on the -- of crisis. In other parts of the city in Jefferson perish so it's really about ending homelessness the mica says. They're people might have balked at the motivations for one and an almost sense that we can all agree it's good for everybody particularly. The vulnerable people among us. Yes very true one more time now that's. 82 Warren. 4496. For people called upon a Mormon and I mean there's just going to be a big sweeper and by the time although the -- -- -- -- everything that's just they're just the cities just gonna find places for people ago or you're gonna find points for people -- We all work together and the VA without under the bridge this morning there were a bunch of veterans under the bridge 12% of our local homeless population are veterans which I think is just shameful that. People who have risked their lives for this country should be homeless. Last year we had our member agencies served 4800. Homeless children and that we his children children in really at risk of home affairs because there. Parents were being evicted so we you know we. We need people involved in this issue all year round yeah and we would ask employers if you have a job that you would like offered a higher. Qualified homeless person to call us. Or to call one of the homeless shelters we would ask landlord -- you have an apartment you be willing to work with to rent a homeless person. Who is qualified please call us we would ask that citizens contact or whatever agency you -- -- of -- agencies. On our web site and just offered to either donate funds or to volunteer she. And man is a year round thing spell out and market making her actually no violence has distinguished itself as being. The leader in reducing almost perfect as are almost the list it's significantly reduced from what it was just a few years ago. But unfortunately is because we don't have an option because we have such a high percentage of homeless people. In our small city so. -- and you know why is as part of it and the believe this really is largely -- residual problem of the lingering long after effects of Katrina perceived. Now rents are permanently hire him but I believe that we workers continue to make progress because we're all working together. Martha appreciated thanks -- thank you so happy Thanksgiving to you thank you. 26 Sony semifinals going all the traffic and come back to phone calls and social most suffered in the bottom of the gates ever get a couple properly -- don't. -- acknowledged was -- examined every day every hour talk about the homeless problem in the city. We had Jim Kelly on from. Executive director of Covenant House last hour and Martha -- all. -- their character of unity of greater New Orleans she stayed over on the amount. Front end they showed just because -- and so many comments and calls and such. I got caller -- and on right now and got a bunch of text missile and read this. This email to you know we'll go back your phones. Last week. I gave my in quotes my bum. Five bucks at lunchtime I hadn't seen him in two years was going back to give them a phone numbers some Asian -- at three and he was so out of it he appeared to be on heroin or something. An inference is my son died of -- heroin overdose negligent homicide. I don't know longer give money to come and I was taken aback because I've been giving him money for over ten years he claimed to be a Vietnam vet. Is very friendly not greedy etc. but I was disappointed to see and obviously gonna fix for his disease. Rather than go -- rehab or getting something neat. My son was a bridge around six months clean one and a half years and in -- help is out there. I appreciate the I appreciate your your cinemedia on the email they send because when a lot of people don't realize is that. It touches. Lots of folk you know and again we're in the economy and that we're in right now or news hopefully it's gonna get better but. Garland at a show the other day and it's like there's a lot of folks out there. Deborah for the grace of god I'm nearly 12 paychecks away from from being homeless themselves. And we've had more than one caller call in and said you know I was homeless had a job. Justin never roof. 2607 is honest about your phones toy enormously to -- was up. Our -- I'm fine thanks for comment. I don't. I just wanted to -- that there is definitely help I. At the age of sixteen and I lived in cabinet to the oh it's it's not need to saying being home and I think I'd go wild Myanmar boys. And we need them only every bank -- -- can see cricket made. And unfortunately they certainly won't be able to do it because they're definitely. Pressuring everyone. To back away from the moment and let him go and find some help. So. We were doing -- explained. Who's pressuring you to back when you say you feed the homeless is like -- put together packages yourself for you go to somebody's place well I'm a volunteer. Not my children and I you know what just happened Hurricane Katrina. Where we got together that the three of us and we went out which and we -- -- man and -- But every year and that I actually take a timeout to cook and bring them down below my knee go bad I know they can. Enjoy then you know possibly give them some hope I talk to them as empty niche soon enough time pointing in the right direction a lot of them. Are out there you know trying to get over a -- and there are dispute there are actually looking forward and help. Mean and they need is just a kind word out some strong direction in the right path. Mu -- was pushing knew its -- way from helping them and pushing them towards. Looking for the economy so well I mean I would think. We're asking for permits now if you're gonna go out and feed these people. They're asking you to sleep I have been told by the police I have been warned that if I caught not they're eating their home and I'm gonna go to jail because I don't have a permit. Yes. What do -- do you how you need a permit flight one of these food trucks that go around. You can't -- can't let it can't make of. I didn't have a -- -- big -- -- of people being able that we -- -- -- -- mind it's I mean. I'm not doing very well myself but I'm not public and gotten him. But we could the food at home of saying. Download Turkey whatever we have and we'd be out there with a folding table terrible. Paper plates -- -- bring it out there is not what stole last year and bad I couldn't do this anymore I was caught doing this I would kind of go to jail. We talked about a woman up in Pennsylvania someplace I think it was who who gave. School kids you know she used to go to a church and do a bridge had a baby joy as they close wrong. So issues you know give a school -- is like Jews and a sandwich you know for lunch in the summertime when -- -- a lot of these kids are creative. You know a couple of meals a day when they were in school and they did the same thing bars and we're gonna come back here and rest you don't have the sound on. Yeah I mean do you are you blocking traffic when you do all this kind of stuff well. Actually go underneath -- bridge -- -- -- not mean it's not like we're looking are ethnic Ernie Banks aren't I mean we try and be as. Discouraged and -- -- as optimal to -- public. You know we're not acting corny saying actually who got out our current good to go under debris is what the folding table. And you can't and I was told that I couldn't do. Well then I'm unaware Obama have to make -- -- down and -- I'm. -- yeah I mean to check out our installation in traditional looking minutes ago and I'm saying well I guess -- I couldn't get what I'll bet going on this year. We've really won't be able to achieve -- much. How did you Alabama he'll delay it until they actually take you to. No don't go to -- and who do not only you don't need to be going in no PP because you're doing a kind service I -- I can't see what kind of ordinance again the city about that. You know that that Obama -- of kindness for people who were less fortunate than me. No indeed I guess no good deed goes unpunished there I thought. -- -- parents that they had let you know like I've stated towards the young the young old and out there. How -- how is definitely a good play or use if you want to give your Alcatel. Well but I think you just said I got a subway from and is but you just said it. I don't want to if there's all there's a lot of help for you out there but you know boom. Number one have to fess up and go look forward and then that it's a lot of work stand on your own two feet and. Definitely has yet to -- and I'm 35 now. So it's and they buried aren't aren't me and I can't children 1213 years go oh I mean. My my old that this morning it is -- are only a baby when I was being open about I know begging it's not eaten by. You got a warning. And they are actually we aired -- that they -- when I was there able it will question do you. Darn indeed it is way or -- the -- Indian who may tenth at eight in the box and show them. But it would get help is so I mean it's it's ours is called and the -- Well but that's is that they they they held you stand up for the bottom line is you've got to stand up. And then there -- and that's a lot of favorably you know. Some folks just they want they want somebody else to be their legs for them and that's that's just not gonna happen you have to stand on you don't you don't you can't lean on anybody tell you stand in the -- so. I I got a -- -- iPad can't fathom why someone -- would arrest you because you decide to give a point personable -- mobile it. It takes all kinds against sprint anyway well you know what god bless you and happy happy holidays to your excellent. 26 always. Every -- -- for the news from the you're gonna splurge on -- VH seventy WW always been the last. Put our hands on -- -- on -- situation. I'm gonna read a couple more text messages and emails or your work. You know what take you. But why call leader in the news and said you know one while they got to give them a permit to make sure -- -- not some -- going out -- poisoning people going up and shoe leather police work could figure that one -- -- sounds like they're trying to. To tax goodwill is what to look in a new tax the goodwill of people I don't see anything wrong with somebody could consume food didn't Fats -- you stood up. Oh wicker and that's Dahmer used to make a big pot of -- red beans and -- observe people right. Right in front of his house and walk up there and give your vocal bowl food you know nortel's Fats Domino man's gotta get a -- you know. Come on man somebody trying to good good deed for that you know what you wanna make him a permit they got to get a permit fine given to a full -- But let's hear your argument is that you're trying to protect and make sure they don't serve and a bad food world you know guess what. Do some police were to be able to track down did it somebody somebody showed up under under a shelter. Would've -- truckload of food and fed a bunch of people and I also got sick. You -- figured out American me a break. -- another email this probably doesn't count -- fit into your discussion but it's another example of homelessness that why you become homeless. Is not. Out of the realm of talk and so no you're fine I found myself temporarily homeless after release from federal prison. My -- was rose -- was a relatively short tenure seventeen months seventeen minutes was too long. My wife mostly -- with family while I was gone where -- live in a vehicle upon my return. My period of homelessness was only months this was four years ago. A few years ago and a Coast Guard waiver were required a few years and a Coast Guard waiver rule required before to renew my captain's license -- now. I now own a home with a mortgage. And and own sets sail windjammer cruises and that we independently support our modest lifestyle. I do not publicly announces suspense but I also don't deny it when it comes up in topic well less that they don't you know what you turn your life around. You -- July for a and that's what that's what is network that's what we're talking about would with Covenant House. There would unity of greater New Orleans has taken people find themselves homeless and taken the opportunity user in the using the efforts that are provided by these organizations and others to help people turn their lives around and get back on their feet and be back to a quote. Contributing member of society. You know. That's basically what it. What it boils down to 2601 -- Terry is an army had you know Ontario. I'm fine thanks for colony you can explain some and is permitting stuff -- He asked how -- the -- -- column -- yeah we will also told that we could not come out IP that's public. And it -- -- we will go to jail and that was that bridge connection policeman. They tell us do not come underneath the bridge are there any circumstances but we still all these biblical it's a look on -- Across the street. And I would my church they can write a little water and my. And we and that he can bed not I remembered that we continue. Feeding the homeless and cold in them because they need help. We can do. Did your church -- -- -- medio just -- because it sounds only like toy just doesn't she is she does that she and her two sons go. I got some extra money this month so we're gonna make up a big part of some and go free people. We did not get a permit we come on our pocket -- donation. And we just go to the corner across the street we don't want -- to bridge. So you just by not going under the bridge and and if she were not go under the overpass but how you gonna put -- I mean. It seems to me that if you gonna do something like this you wanna pull over to the safest. Possible place to park -- that would be down the line a trap for -- to may would be under a bridge or under an overpass where. Right but we just going to kick out tables and put it on a fire against 'cause it's so many of us we kind of like a lot of them up and they all. There are bearing cooperate can't beat her baby wanna eat. So eight bit -- we do it quickly pick out how hot always serve them and then we go we pray with them we love bottom and we get in the black there encouragement. Now yeah well -- not given up because. That it could be on. That's very true it's like it's pay it forward you know. And that's right -- correct what they did say you have a permanent that was that bridge connection bode well well. I -- -- movement -- important I don't know. Don't understand why am I don't understand why why does anybody wanna put attacks on a kind you know I mean you get you get to you get to actually did dogs. Donations that you make off your taxes. You guys are next conferred deduction when you do this video -- army general. No way we don't even reported. That kind of bow court -- want you -- -- you -- -- -- -- a -- -- -- -- -- They should be able OK we'll if you'll permit. Com the Internet address and you can have its permit. Yeah I guess maybe want to know who you are like more assertive and able to track down to some identity and good old fashioned police work should be able solve that crime and you talk about a bunch of people. We're getting served by someone. Who shows up and is somebody would be able to route to identify who they are. Don't get out on -- -- taxing kindness -- three. You want to want to come out and -- it -- -- -- and 8 o'clock and three. A lot of. Go Obama go Obama smoked some -- -- -- just stop saying you know what I drive I got to go but I think you know you exit -- the things people they come up to your car. Can you give them some money -- it doesn't raise some money -- most analysts. Now have a permit for that to give somebody a subway hero or asylum from armored -- those -- you know my leftovers from. -- Waltham murder I mean. What -- now and mama get arrested for that. That's tonight. That's elements teriyaki doing what you do -- don't know what I'm mark thank you god bless your average. Happy Thanksgiving you can hear WW -- everywhere and you can listen anyway a stream of them are. Our line WWL much -- down on -- -- or find is that tune in dot com last -- in dot com. Hear the news talk of sports powerhouse of the gulf -- everywhere. And anywhere today of foreign fans and approach to saints are shooting for 500 Sunday in Oakland you think they have what it takes to make a playoff run ply us. Roger Goodell says he's making changes to the rules that make the damn -- her are you -- I don't think so he wants an eighteen game season authorities -- Yeah I'm concerned about your health so that you're -- and he is so two more games this season. 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