Lora A Rose 
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Re: “Updated: Oakland Spent $72K Closing 162 Homeless Camps in 2015

Ugh, beat down the City but forget to notice those that work tirelessly to support our homeless! Such destructive and unsupportive journalism. It's gross. Show how screwed up the City is, but don't forget those that have worked for YEARS to keep it from being so much worse.

If you know about Operation Dignity, you would know that they should be far more than a footnote (in this case, they didn't even make the first version of the article).

Operation Dignity not only provides support to homeless through much needed supplies and food each and every week, they also offer on-going case management, service referrals and housing placement support, and more! Part of their focus is being on the side of the homeless, forming trust, and helping in a realistic way. That means recognizing that they aren't able to stop Oakland from constantly displacing transient persons from our streets. What they do instead is fight to maintain a contract with Oakland that provides far more dignity than the City would otherwise offer these folks.

They demand a budget that allows them to offer these supplies, that allows them to pay staff to drive our streets in search of those in need, share resources, case manage to provide encouragement and access, and much more. They also work to ensure the city & OPD let their street team know FIRST before clearing a camp. This allows their team to go out and talk to the homeless people they work so hard to build relationships with, and post notices about the impending hit on their encampment. They help them find shelters and prepare to move.

This doesn't take into account the fact that many of our homeless are so, simply because that is their choice (many of us would argue that it is their right). This is something Operation Dignity respects, yet they hope to be trusted and accessible to them when/if they want to choose a different path.

This article presents a limited scope of an extremely detailed and complicated social issue!

Posted by Lora A Rose on 12/27/2015 at 9:19 PM

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