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homelessness

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Petition to Mayor Kelli Linville

DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY - Homelessness Response in Bellingham, WA - Whatcom County

INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DIRECTIVES OF RCW STATE GUIDELINES Homelessness Housing and Assistance Act (Ch. 43.185C RCW) for addressing homelessness, we the people ask the CITY to DECLARE ITS RIGHTFUL AUTHORITY and responsibility in leadership ACTION to address the alarming headcount of unhoused population in Bellingham, WA, and to do so by ACTION in accordance of meeting the needs of the unhoused population who are in crisis. PROVISIONS REQUIRED FOR UNHOUSED POPULATION ·        AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND/OR SHELTER ·        PUBLIC 24/7 ACCESS TO TOILETS ·        PUBLIC 24/7 ACCESS TO FREE STORAGE ·        PERMISSIBLE PARKING FOR VEHICLES ·        SATISFACTORY MEASURES AND ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS FOR MEETING DAILY BASIC NEEDS ·        EMERGENCY SHELTER IN IMMEDIATE REAL-TIME (IN ADDITION TO LONG-TERM PLANNING OBJECTIVES) ·        SPECIALIZED SHELTER FOR “SPECIAL NEEDS” (as defined by chronic illness, unstable physical/mental health, and/or any such impairment or disability causing exacerbated vulnerability when participating in current shelter settings) ASSESSMENT OF CITY CONDITIONS:   ·        RECONSTRUCTION OF PIT ANALYSIS AND ASSESSMENT OF HOMELESSNESS CENSUS REPORTS ·        ESTABLISH LOCATIONS FOR IMPLEMENTING IMMEDIATE WINTER WEATHER SHELTER  ·        PREVENTATIVE ACTION AND IMPLEMENTATION FOR BOTH EMERGENCY AND DAILY NEED  ·        ANALYSIS TO DETERMINE AND ADDRESS CONFLICT OF INTEREST OR BARRIERS TO CITY ACTION ·        ENACTMENT OF SANCTIONED ENCAMPMENTS WHEN VIABLE SHELTER IS NOT ADEQUATE FOR PROVIDING OCCUPANCY FOR UNHOUSED POPULATION, INCLUDING BOTH GENERAL POPULATIONS AND THOSE IN DIRE CONDITIONS WITH “SPECIAL NEEDS”   To Kelli Linville: We the people ask that you make a formal DECLARATION OF CITY EMERGENCY if the city is incapacitated to ACT INDEPENDENTLY TO ACCOMPLISH THESE TASKS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY with determination that outside intervention for additional resources and management from the COUNTY and/or STATE as well as EMERGENCY TASK FORCES be implemented if the City is ineffective in addressing the homelessness criteria stated above and refuses to act in the best interest of the people.   AND LASTLY, the people seek a concentrated effort of priority to consider and  ALLEVIATE BARRIERS that prevent COMMUNITY OUTREACH WITHIN THE PRIVATE AND BUSINESS SECTOR and the burden that has been unrealistically and unfairly placed on the private sector. It is an obligation of the CITY to remedy homelessness and delegate the duties of assistance to the people in partnership and collaborative effort with NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS (BOTH RELIGIOUS AND OTHER) THAT CAN ASSIST THE CITY IN THIS EFFORT OF PROVIDING VIABLE SHELTER/HOUSING; however, it is the duty of the CITY to provide this assistance by RCW State Guidelines for addressing homelessness.  IMPLEMENTATION OF SOLUTIONS FOR ADDRESSING HOMELESSNESS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:   ·        PROVIDING BOTH TEMPORARY AND LONG-TERM SHELTER(S) FOR UNHOUSED PERSONS BASED ON HUMAN NEEDS ·        LOCATING AND ADDRESSING THE “SPECIAL NEEDS” POPULATION CURRENTLY ISOLATED FROM ACCESSING COMMON-USE FACILITIES PUBLIC DECLARATION OF THE PEOPLE: CURRENT SHELTER OPTIONS ESTABLISHED IN COORDINATION WITH THE CITY AS EXISTING NON-PROFIT AGENCIES ARE LIMITED IN THEIR CAPACITY TO SUPPORT THE ENTIRE UNHOUSED POPULATION DUE TO FACTORS OF SIZE, UNSATISFACTORY RESOLUTION TO DESIGNATE CITY SHELTER EXPANSION, CONTRADICTIONS OF STANDARD OF CARE, CONFLICT OF INTEREST WITH THE COMMUNITY THEY SERVE, NEGLIGIBLE OPTIONS FOR THOSE WITH “SPECIAL NEEDS”, AND A LACK OF VIABLE SUPPORT, WHICH HAS RESULTED IN BARRIERS FOR IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR LACK OF SERVICES FOR BELLINGHAM WA UNHOUSED POPULATION. IMMEDIATE RESPONSIVENESS IS REQUIRED BY OUR CITY OFFICIALS TO OFFSET FURTHER CRISIS AND APPROACHING WEATHER HAZARDS THAT POSE UNFORSEEN THREAT, ILLNESS, AND DEATH TO THOSE UNSHELTERED  LIVING ON THE STREET, AS WELL AS PREVENTATIVE ACTION THAT PERTAINS TO PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY REPERCUSSIONS THAT ARE INCUMBENT TO THE ENTIRE CITY WHEN LIVES ARE LOST.  We the people ask you, Mayor Kelli Linville and the members of Bellingham City Council to in your civic duty and representation of the people you serve (whose advocacy in this petition is in support of housing our unhoused residents) to ACT NOW in accordance with RCW State Law, for measures of proper human responsiveness in sheltering our unhoused population with priority.

Jennifer Mansfield
111 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Todd.Spitzer@ocgov.com , response@ocgov.com , jvanderbilt@anaheim.net , dbarnes@anaheim.net , jmoreno@anaheim.net , lkring@anaheim.net , sfaessel@anaheim.net , kmurray@anaheim.net , ttait@anaheim.net , Michelle.Steel@ocgov.com , Andrew.Do@ocgov.com , Shawn.Nelson@ocgov.com , Lisa.Bartlett@ocgov.com , councilinfo@cityoforange.org , Anaheim Council, KTLA , NBC NEWS, ABC News, OC Register, Jerry Brown, OC Court

No More Homeless Encampments: We Want Our Santa Ana River Trail and City Parks Back!

Homeless encampments along the Santa Ana River Trail and in our city parks deprive us the use of our parks, bring crime into our neighborhoods and businesses, and degrade our quality of life. It is illegal to camp on the river trail or in city parks. This mass defiance of the law undermines the law’s ability to protect all of us.  We demand the vigorous and sustained enforcement of these anti-camping ordinances, and a crackdown on criminality in the homeless encampments by the County of Orange, the City of Anaheim and the City of Orange. We support helping the homeless who are willing to do what’s necessary to become independent, productive members of society, but those who repeatedly refuse help cannot be allowed to camp and live on the Santa Ana River trail or in our city parks. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! It’s time for our elected officials to empower law enforcement to enforce the law, and reclaim our public parks for the use of the public.

O.C Residents United
15,226 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Sherrod Brown, Robert Casey, Bill Cassidy, Mike Crapo, Pat Toomey, Rob Portman, DIane Feinstein, Sam Johnson, Tom Rice, David Schweikert, Vern Buchanan, Mike Kelly, Jim Renacci, Jason Smith, John Larson, Bill Pascrell, Joseph Crowley, Linda Sanchez, Anna Eshoo, George Holding

End Social Security's Disability Nightmare

Social Security’s disability determination program's been broken for decades. Everyone knows somebody who’s endured this tragedy. I wrote a bipartisan bill to fix the problem called the Eastman Disability Reform Act—the most substantial disability reform in the history of Social Security. This Act restores the public's trust in the agency and Congress, while this petition is asking the 16 members of both the Social Security subcommittees in the House and Senate to take action. Between 800,000 and 1.2 million people file disability appeals yearly—over half of them later win, taking up to 3 years. During this time, many of these honest Americans declare bankruptcy and become homeless. Tragically, 1 in 6 men (and 1 in 7 women) die within 5 years of receiving disability benefits.  The rejection of all disability claims is mandated by the agency at a level of 85% (or more) of all applications. This objective's cryptically disguised as the National Agree Rate. The agency has been operating without accountability or impunity for two decades, while 10,000 died awaiting benefits this year! The SSD trust fund will be exhausted in 2023, according to a 2017 Congressional Budget Office report. "Baby Boomers" born between 1946 and 1964 have been postponing retirement, with many becoming disabled; causing extra strain to the SSD determination process. The agency won't add staff because they project the backlog ending in 2025...two years after the disability trust fund's exhausted!  A former college roommate (who was born legally blind) was denied in 1994 when he applied at 18. He had to appeal and has the same "horror story" echoed by so many today. I have 8 qualifying conditions and am currently in my second year of appeal. This has occurred with the agencies knowledge for two decades, and, without congressional intervention. We must improve the access and availability of medical records used for determinations by ensuring they're in a usable file format all applicants can securely access. Sending .TIFF picture format files to applicants with encryption software which must be installed on a Windows computer with an optical drive makes it impossible for many to see the records in their agency file.  Agency contracted physicians examining claimants will finally see relief from extreme patient caseloads. This will allow for vastly better patient evaluations and less unecessary appeals. Please help a million honest people each year who cannot work and have paid into disability their entire career. We must end the "disability impossibility" so future generations don't assume it's an acceptable part of being disabled in America. Click here to download a summary and full text of the bill. Click here to ask your Senator to support this bill. Click here to ask your House member to support this bill.

Darren Eastman
1,528 supporters