By Tom Henderson • Staff Writer • 

Advocate not giving up on planned village for homeless

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Comments

Lulu

When did Howie Harkema lose his marbles?
Manicures? Pedicures? A tiny post office?
I keep recalling the dialogue from "Monster," the movie about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, as she contemplated what other type of occupation she might consider. Since she's always liked animals, why not become a veterinarian?
Magical thinking. What Harkema proposes is a one-stop shopping area for law enforcement.

Terry

If you build it, they will come.

tagup

Here's a guy that has been an advocate for the homeless for years...He has an idea that meets a lot of needs. He hasn't "lost his marbles" Lulu, he has an goal to improve the situation...is it perfect? no!.....but at least he offers an alternative to discuss... what has your contribution been to finding a solution?....

Lulu

The one-way bus ticket.

Kat758

tagup, I totally agree with you. Something needs to be done to help those in need.

tagup

I'll assume you are joking because your proposal has so many basic flaws that it can't be seriously considered.....

Lulu

Let's cut to the chase. Nothing can be done because no funds exist to change the current situation. We can talk 'til the cows come home, or split into smaller groups to "assess" the situation and report back, but what we accomplish is simply a bunch of empty rhetoric so we can feel good about ourselves. Harkema is describing a utopia that won't work. In the end it will resemble something from "Lord of the Flies."

macgreg

Lulu,you are talking about the current state of Oregon

tagup

Lulu,
Of course there are things that can be done.

Enforcing vagrancy and panhandling laws would be a start to protect the downtown. Designate a spot away from the core area for homeless to camp.
Those two options don't take a lot of money, just a decision and a buy in from all sides.
Howie's ideas are a wish for the future no doubt, but if you don't start with a plan (or a dream), nothing will ever get done.

Denise

Yes. Manicures and pedicures are priority’s for the areas homeless. Perhaps next we can provide elective plastic surgery, you know, to further increase their self esteem and make them more marketable.

The homeless I see are mostly chronic low level criminals with no desire to change any current behavior. They have been given numerous opportunities to change their behavior, all on tax payers money of course. These are not the people we want to further encourage setting permanent ties to our area. I am all for helping those that need temporary assistance in getting back on their feet, but let’s be realistic, this isn’t the crowd Howie is pandering too.

tagup

Mr. Harkema was involved with the soup kitchen at the Episcopal church for many years.....I'm confident he knows a lot about his target market.

Denise

Good for him. I’m very confident in my assessment and stand by my comment

leo

I just spoke with Howie. He was talking about foot care specifically for people with chronic problems, like diabetes. Not pedicures and manicures.
We need to be able to have professionals assess the needs of each person and try to help him or her find jobs, housing, conflict resolution, education, etc.

Lulu

Will they fix hammertoes?

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