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He could head to The Beacon, right down from where his home is under the bridge, but he chooses to stay away from the chaos. It's too busy and too easy to get yourself into trouble, at least in Mellons's eyes.
Plenty of folks do head there, though, to shower, wash clothes, eat a hot meal, or receive referrals and case management for services. The need for those services is apparent just by looking at the shelter's numbers. The Beacon serves around 600 clients daily, and the numbers continue to grow with each count.
"I lost my good buddy out here not too long after I got out here," recalls Percy Lyons.
"They called him Detroit. That's where he was from. We found him over there in the bayou, face down. Somebody killed him," he continues.
"Being out here can be dangerous," says Lyons. "I've seen people get killed, and there are spiders — brown recluses — and they've sent men under here to the hospital before. Nothing compares to that first night, though.
"That first night was spooky," he continues. "I woke up every few minutes; you hear the train, the cars. It's all right in your ear." He grins and pulls a hunter-green aerosol can out of his bag. "Luckily I got this stuff. If you have to stay out here, this stuff will save your life, man."
"Just make sure it's the one with Deet," he says. "OFF, Deep Woods, with Deet. Otherwise you'll get eaten alive."
To the "press" & "homeless advocates",
When/IF you start paying for the homeless yourselves, instead of just TALKING about their "plight, I'll believe that the press & "homeless advocates" are SERIOUS. = Until then, what you write is just NOISE.
40,000 homeless versus 6,000 homeless on a given night. What does that mean? Where does the 40,000 number come from?
We can't help anyone who doesn't want help, but if people are ready, you can help them get off the streets. Absolutely!
The more services for homeless people you provide, the more homeless people will arrive to take advantage of those services. Much better to DEMAND that homeless people WORK cleaning up the filth left by other members of the "community" in exchange for bare necessities and only if they pass daily drug tests. Enabling the homeless lifestyle perpetuates the homeless lifestyle. And no, you proggies, I'm not of the 1%!
Quality piece guys! I'm really happy this wasn't "Top 8 signs people fly on Houston streets" or something...
Years ago I worked part time with a charity that had a homeless shelter as part of the program. I found a number of the people that passed through the facility had family or SS checks and wanted the shelter to free up money for drugs and booze. Then there were those who were mental cases. Solving such problems isn't part of our political process these days.