Meeting with Regions representatives on housing a good starting point

29 Dec

Today local activists met with representatives from the Region with regards to their scandalous behavior whereby it gave directives to shelters to send people to the police station to sleep in lock-up for the night like criminals. Besides being locked up for the night people who use this service are searched, have their name run through CPIC for warrants, are under 24 hour video surveillance, and have safety checks run every half an hour. This directive was so shameful that it was explicitly written in the directive that this was to be secret and not appear in any policy papers etc., This explains why the Police are not tooting their own horn about a new program to help homeless people or some other shit.

After a prolonged period of political pressure inflicted by our team, the Region agreed to a meeting to hear our demands and discuss resolutions. We put forward two demands. The first demand was that jail cells no longer be offered as an alternative to shelter or housing, and that motel accommodations be provided when shelter were full, not cells! The resolution was designed to seek information from those currently being pushed into jails. The numbers of people accessing the police shelter accommodations would be assessed, as would their experiences. If the program was found to be failing in meeting the needs of service users, it would be scrapped. Our second demand was that a shelter be built that provided the same number of beds that were lost when Out of the Cold was lost and was staffed with social workers to get people into affordable housing. No agreement was reached, yet we are confident that through continued political pressure and dialogue we can achieve this second point.

Discussions will continue mid January to see what will happened to the lock up program and to continue discussing long term solutions to the housing crisis.

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7 Responses to “Meeting with Regions representatives on housing a good starting point”

  1. waterlooregionadvocate December 31, 2016 at 12:05 am #

    Well done Julian! A jail cell with the conditions you’ve outlined is both unacceptable and ridiculous.

    • doug December 31, 2016 at 5:36 am #

      Whats wrong with a jail cell? You should feel right at home in a cell Julian.Sure beats sleeping in the street and it’s free,courtesy of the people that actually work and pay taxes so that people like Julian can collect their monthly welfare cheques.

      • veterans for freedom December 31, 2016 at 1:57 pm #

        @doug , Your taxes DON’T go to welfare …they go to supporting the rich and super rich called “House of Lords and their statutory/state/private-estate system” you dummy. You only get 3 cents out of a dollar for spending or saving … after taxes, taxes on top of taxes, fees, levies etc. Unless you live off the grid you belong to an open air prison called Canada. You are a disgrace to veterans and all the people who died fighting for the little number of rights we have in constitution. fuken idiot!!!

      • Freedom January 1, 2017 at 5:39 pm #

        doug,

        if you like jail so much you should go live there, otherwise STFU. either you’re really stupid about how the system works or you’re a government shill, or worse, British Knights Templar stealing from everyone and abusing everyone … while sitting on Trillions of dollars, poisoning people, causing mayhem, wars, mass killings and most problems on this planet

      • Diane Berkeley January 5, 2017 at 5:31 am #

        I think this arrogant and mean spirit comment may be coming from a law enforcement officer, just sayin

  2. waterlooregionadvocate January 1, 2017 at 8:28 pm #

    Read the conditions Doug in the first part of Julian’s posting. Being searched, video surveillance, half hour security checks presumably all night long and oh yes if there’s even a minor warranr out for an unpaid fine etc. you get charged simply trying to get out of the cold. Lots is wrong with a jail cell. Oh yeah they are locked in even though the homeless are presumably not criminals in the first place.

  3. KnowYourRights January 10, 2017 at 6:52 pm #

    Julian,

    We are being told by MANY that relevant comments are being blocked or discarded, on this, your blog. We have tested this and find it to be true. Either someone is accessing your site unlawfully or you are about to loose your supporters for dismissing them.

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