Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Are You Homeless?
According to this North County Times article:
REGION: Report on homelessness shows large North County population there are 530 homeless people in Encinitas.
"I was somewhat surprised at the number for North County," said Laurine Pause, director of the Community Resource Center in Encinitas. "I think the increase in numbers really were from migrant workers."
Of the 530 homeless people counted on the streets in Encinitas, Pause said she suspects about 80 percent were migrant workers.*
Of those, only 10 percent usually seek assistance from the Community Resource Center, she said.
Pause said she does not think there has been a change in Encinitas' population of chronically homeless, which includes people with mental illness or addiction.
But Leslie and Pause said there are more new homeless people who may be living in their cars after being displaced because of the poor economy.
Those people may be missed in homeless counts, conducted between 4 and 8 a.m., because volunteers usually go to parks or other areas the homeless are known to be found rather than side streets where a family may be finding shelter in their car, Pause said.
Related: The Encinitas Library is hosting a session on what to do if you are facing foreclosure. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Source.
Who are the 400 odd migrant workers living in the bushes of Encinitas working for?
Are they living and working in Encinitas, or are they mostly commuting to work in Rancho Santa Fe, our wealthy neighbor?
Do you employ migrant workers?
If yes, do you pay them cash under the table?
What do you pay them per hour?
Regarding the homeless mentally ill in Encinitas, are there any local resources to help them get well?
Is helping the homeless a job for the government or a responsibility we must all take as a community of private citizens?
Does the city of Encinitas have policy regarding homeless people?