Freeing up the Homeless allows for them to take care of business.That's harm reduction in action.Especially when they have goal progress.
The Haters and NIMBYS are of COURSE going to argue that this promotes Homelessness.
This is the same old ignorant arguments.The Facts are that there is not enough low cost housing to go around.The SRO Shortage has become a major Issue.
The Least the City can do is provide proper storage in at least three districts.That would aid in Hiding the stigma immensely.There are many baby Boomers who have resigned themselves to the fact that there is NO WORK for non Techie BOOMERS and need a break.
The Homeless have taken on a new Face.
The Perceptions that most of society has is INSANE at best.
The PERSON is IMMEDIATELY DEHUMANIZED.Instantly!!
Ridding the citizen of the burden of a CART ALL DAY LONG is an Immense Help.
This can be a way to downsize for many homeless to sleeping gear stored in a smaller cart and Clothes and Possessions stored long term.
The City can do well if there is a place created to SWAP carts.
Safeway,Whole Foods and Trader Joe's would also score big time with Public Relations to help with Rent and Carts.They get Shopping Carts back in The Exchange.They have been immensely patient already.This can be a Public Relations Boon.
The Storage need not be complicated.Simple Pens with a Carport type roof with sprinklers for a fire would suffice.
The Open look will make Keeping Order Easy.The Pens are Kept Neatly Packed or They lose the Privilege.
There would be an Inspection and Rules Introduction period and Referral Required from an agency.There would be an Inspection and scrutiny about The NO storage List.Flammables,Perishables,Weird stuff,anything they deem unacceptable.
They either go through the scrutiny or Pay for it their own Damn selves.
The Storage would work.
The Client would be allowed one Drop off Daily and One Pick Up.
The Only Exceptions would be forgetting Medicine or some other critical item.
This would free the Client up to take care of Business and have a Better quality of life without Carting around a stigma.
This can be a win win situation with the stores recovering carts and the Stigma hidden from the tourist areas that everyone like to frequent including the homeless.Realistic approaches will help the client accept other services more readily.When someone homeless goes to a shelter they try to strip the client of the sleeping gear for sanitary reasons most of the time.
They can care less if you washed the sleeping nag and blankets the day before.They assume the worse too.They are assholes about storage.Because there is no room in shelters.
Storage will free the client up enough tom use a shelter without losing everything.
The Facility would also need to arrange washer and dryer use at laundromats like Brain Wash.Brain Wash Does already help indigent citizens Because the owner is a Great Human Being with empathy.
I used this Image for maximum impact of Course.
The cart is Piled high.
This happens.When someone gets a little gnarly.They need Empathy not apathy and hate.They need a way out.The assistance back to reality.
Storage for the Homeless is a best Practices idea that needs implementation in San Francisco.Portland has already helped with storage.They see the merit of Freeing up the Client to take care of Business.
The Stays should never last more than 18 months with 6 month reviews.There will be an agreement.Exceptions for progress of course.The only thing the Facility does not want to do is provide a Hammock that allows a client to never take care of Business and Just get into a Comfort zone FOREVER.
That is why referrals are important especially if there are any services connected either immediate or future.Goal Setting would be perfect.
That is what Peer Groups and Social Workers are for.Keeping the Ethics in Order!
I can see an Approach using cognitive therapy methods.
How about it San Francisco?
The NIMBYS will hate it unless they realize the long term benefits.