May 152015
 
Homeless Assistance Report, April 2015

REPORT TO THE CITY OF KEY WEST Southernmost Homeless Assistance League, Inc. For April 2015 HIGHLIGHTS April saw the resignation of Randi Cohen Brown as SHAL Executive Director. The SHAL Board accepted Randi’s resignation and appointed Operations Director John Miller as Interim Executive Director. John promoted Head Monitor Mike Tolbert to the position of KOTS [more…]

BOOK REVIEW: Salvation Jane [Author: Jane Massey]

 
BOOK REVIEW:  Salvation Jane [Author: Jane Massey]

Salvation Jane, by Ann Massey, Perth, Australia Reviewed by a former practicing lawyer and published author who became homeless in Key West and other places. Set in Perth, Australia, inspired by the massive tasering for sport of a schizophrenic homeless Aborigine by Aussie police officers, and by a brave and outraged Aussie lassie jumping whole [more…]

Homeless in Key West: Old Man Chapman, Captain Tilly, and Peter Pan

 
Homeless in Key West: Old Man Chapman, Captain Tilly, and Peter Pan

This is the first in a series of articles on affordable housing and homelessness in Key West and the Florida Keys.  We will try to look past the anti-homeless rhetoric burning through local media and show you what is really happening on the Keys housing front. In future articles we will bring you points of [more…]

Jun 132014
 
Homeless in Key West: Old Man Chapman, Captain Tilly, and Peter Pan

by Arnaud and Naja Girard This is the first in a series of articles on affordable housing and homelessness in Key West and the Florida Keys.  We will try to look past the anti-homeless rhetoric burning through local media and show you what is really happening on the Keys housing front. In future articles we [more…]

The Frisbee King Throws to the Future

 
The Frisbee King Throws to the Future

Getting old requires adapting to changed circumstances. I dislike this as much as anyone, both the getting and the adapting. In our late 60s, we have more time, but less money, energy and strength. Parts that were once just fine now hurt. Some need to be repaired or replaced. Some things can’t be fixed. Our [more…]

To All Criminal Vehicle Lodgers In Key West

 
To All Criminal Vehicle Lodgers In Key West

To all criminal vehicle lodgers in Key West, First of all we are all unwashed and a detriment to the health and safety of tourists and residents of Key West.  We are criminals. I have  never received a citation or been chased away by the Key West Gestapo.  There is a reason for this.  There [more…]

First Crack In The Blue Wall of Silence

 

“Someone better get him away from me before I arrest the son of a bitch myself!” When the other officer asked “KA” what she was talking about, according to a witness, she said, “He just murdered that man.”  “That Man” was Charles Eimers and “KA” is Kathyann Wanciak of the Key West Police Department, who [more…]

Simonton Street Trailer Park: Forsaken Promises…

 
Simonton Street Trailer Park:  Forsaken Promises...

It’s a completely dilapidated trailer kept very clean and homey, enveloped by a reef of flowers, a contradiction explained away by the one single sign painted on the door:  “Life is Good.”  Or at least it was. Today, gesturing with one hand to support her plea in broken English and with the other hand holding [more…]

Homeless Shelter Referendum?

 
Homeless Shelter Referendum?

At the October 3rd City Commission Meeting I said, during citizen comments, that I had received an email inquiry from someone who has a home in the golf course community, asking if the new homeless shelter could be put out to referendum? I paused, taking in the somber looks on the dais, said, that was [more…]

Polar-Axis Shift – Key West Homeless Miseries and Beyond

 
Polar-Axis Shift - Key West Homeless Miseries and Beyond

I wish everyone I know had been with me when I bumped into two remarkable people the other day and got caught up with them, as their rich lives and deep experiences and senses of humor and wisdom flowed out of them like manna from heaven. The man is probably the most educated person I [more…]

College Road Not Appropriate For 24-hour Homeless Shelter

 

Open Letter to the Board of City Commissioners, After receiving overwhelming feedback from our residents, we are writing to inform you that the Key West Golf Club Home Owners Association (KWGC HOA) Board has passed a resolution to oppose the placement of a homeless facility at the Easter Seals location on College Road. For the [more…]

Homelessness: Stimulating Resolve and an Awareness of the Solution…

 
Homelessness:  Stimulating Resolve and an Awareness of the Solution...

Individuals choose shelter in accordance to the realities that confront them. Ones’ home resides between their ears. No structure or parcel of food are equivalent to the thinker of the thought. No human power, principality or government can alleviate the so-called homeless issue. Successful civilizations were designed to reinforce and reward preeminent achievement and greatness. [more…]

COMMENTARY: IS THERE BIG $ MONEY $ IN HOMELESSNESS?

 
COMMENTARY: IS THERE BIG $ MONEY $ IN HOMELESSNESS?

A surprising statistic came out in the news last week.  According to one expert 5.8% of Key West’s population is homeless and lives in the mangroves.  We’re not even kidding. This is actually the conclusion of a $ 20,000 study presented by Dr. Robert Marbut to a straight–faced City Commission on August 6th, 2013.  At least [more…]