The Other Place spokeswoman Tina Patterson said the decision to integrate them into the neighborhood is not a new concept but was done quietly this time because of the stereotypes associated with the chronically homeless.What stereotypes could those be?
Olds, Inman and Richard Miniard have been problems for the city the last nine years, police reports show. They are regarded by police and business owners near Brown and East Stewart streets as nuisances and drunks who panhandle illegally for money. Each have been convicted numerous times of being drunk in public. Another resident in their complex, John C. Hibbits has been arrested more than 50 times, police records show. All the men said they abandoned shelters because of the rules, opting instead for dirty tents erected in Veterans Park.Your tax dollars paying their rent now. I guess when the public drunkenness and urination is college-age buffoons it's ok, but when it's homeless old guys it's bad for business. That's alright, relocating them into an unlicensed group-home provides a nice, no-risk cash flow for the new property owner, and roofs over the heads of some homeless folks (who have been unfairly stereotyped). Everyone's happy right? Everyone but the people who now have to live with these pan-handlers (who couldn't be bothered to follow the rules so that they could stay in a shelter). I must say that not all of them were bad, I remember one in particular that made it a point not to ask for money when you passed him on the sidewalk, he was trying to make the best of his new opportunity. Unfortunately, his fellows did not emulate his good attitude.
“It was never our intention to have them thrown out of our neighborhood,” said Cheryl Bates, president of Grafton Hill Neighborhood Association. “We were never made aware of their arrival until we read it in the newspaper. Then we started seeing panhandling, public urination and fights involving people living in that building.”I really feel for the poor guy who happened to be living in the same building that they dumped a dozen reprobates on:
Gary Ewing, who was living in the apartment before the formerly homeless tenants arrived, said he noticed a lot of “bizarre” things once his new neighbors arrived. “I kept calling police because they’d bust out all of the windows and would be drunk and harassing me,” Ewing said. “Now they are not renewing my lease because I called police about all of this nonsense.”The DDN article also has a quote from Gary Zaremba, who purchased the 16 unit apartment building on 2 Jun 2009 for $106k, and then had 10 state-funded tenants delivered into his lap a month latter (talk about a great real-estate speculation, what a talented fellow). [Update: a little birdie told me that he charges ~200% the market rate for his subsidised tennants, and he is not renewing the market rate tennants, $550/month * 10 = $5.5k/month state-guaranteed income for this guy without ever having to advertise to fill the vacancies in his newly bought building] I find it interesting that the guy who bought this old nearly empty apartment building (which was on a 'wouldn't it be nice to demolish this nuisance' list) just shortly before the relocation would blame this on the race of people in Grafton Hill:
“I think the big issue here is a lot of the (Grafton Hill) complaining came from whites with better incomes,” said New York-based property owner, Gary Zaremba. “The tenants living in the building weren’t violent felons. (The neighbors) just didn’t want my tenants living in their backyard.”Hello! Lots of the pan-handlers you relocated are white! And the poor guy you dumped them on is black! GHA has all sorts of members (with widely varying amounts of melanin in their skin). You would have known that if you had come to a meeting when you bought property in our neighborhood. Now I understand why it is so easy for demagogues to rile people up about out of town speculators and carpetbaggers. If that's what economic stimulus brings to Dayton, you can keep it.
I think the worst thing about fly-by-night programs like this is when the stimulus funds run out, these old guys will be right back out on the street looking to scratch together enough petty cash for their next fix, and their patrons will have moved on to using some new issue or group as a 'project' to solidify political capital. If we were serious about helping these guys, we wouldn't have dumped them in an unsupervised mess with no structured 'program' to help them 'reintegrate'.