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Re: “Hierarchy of Needs

Interesting how every comment I've left here that mentions the 25% recycled poison indoor air has now disappeared.

Posted by FBH Resident on 05/27/2015 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Hierarchy of Needs

from the article:
"Illegal drugs are never allowed anywhere in Spokane," says Catholic Charities Associate Director for Seniors & Housing Monique Kolonko. "But we don't ask.
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What's very much worse is the fact that management doesn't LISTEN or CARE when presented with evidence of toxic chemical stench everywhere in the building.

The fact that I had to threaten management with Spokanimal to get them to turn the heat down says a lot.

Posted by FBH Resident on 05/27/2015 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Hierarchy of Needs

The beds are built into the walls so it is impossible to move them to clean under them to fight off the bedbugs here. It is that way so Catholic Charities can legally say that they provided us with beds. But we don't get to keep them. It's an expensive and uncomfortable mattress and you don't get any choice to purchase your own bed or mattress. Even though those mattresses were paid for through donations from others. (I have no bedbugs or any bedbugs bites on my body, because I clean a lot.)

There is no oven to cook baked foods. Only an unhealthy microwave and stove top burners that cannot reach high temps so tweekers have a harder time cooking their meth and I cannot bring tapioca to a boil.

There are no stairs available to use, only the elevator.

The front door has two sets of locked doors for our protection and residents have key passes to gain access. BUT ... the backdoor has no lock at all. Anyone can easily climb over the back fence and walk right into the back door into this building. They do it all the time. The management knows, I've complained a lot. Their security claims are a joke.

And nearly every Sunday like clockwork the internet Wi-Fi service random and mysteriously doesn't work until Monday morning. I strongly feel that happens because Catholics like Sundays off and they cannot get a monitor on shift to watch what we do on the internet.

There is no bathtubs here either. The full price of the rental units before subsidy is way over-priced for what is offered.

There is no grocery store around here. The closest one is over a mile away, which is a major hardship for my disability and for others. So it's 7-11 expensive milk.

Posted by FBH Resident on 05/27/2015 at 3:05 AM

Re: “Hierarchy of Needs

As FBH was being planned and built, the businesses in the neighborhood were promised that none of the residents here would ever be needing to park a car on the public street to annoy them. Nobody had the rights to make that promise to them.

I had been using the storage unit across the street for a couple years before moving in here. Mr. Storage Unit was always very polite and friendly to me. Never once rude to me even though he knew full well I lived in my car with my dog.

About 15 hours after I moved into this place Mr. Storage Unit threatened my car that was legally parked on the street. He has a deep hatred for anyone living here. He continued to threaten my car, first on a daily basis and gradually going to threatening my car weekly. Again and again. He threatened to tow it, threatened to have the snow plow dude bury my car. Meanwhile somebody was purposely damaging my car again and again after I spent all my money to fix it. I got to drive it all of 3 weeks total the first year I lived here before I realized I'd have to stop doing that while I live here. So my car sits.

When I called city hall to talk about the no parking signs everywhere here, they immediately emailed the property manager here and tattled about my complaint.. We had to battle the parking problem and the illegal harassment of us for a year and a half before it was finally solved.

That is how serious the "highly supervised community environment" is supervised.

Posted by FBH Resident on 05/27/2015 at 1:56 AM

Re: “Hierarchy of Needs

interesting how when a FBH resident leaves here for a jail cell ... they are not considered moving to homeless.

But when a person moves in here after being released from prison ... they are considered coming in from homelessness.

their definition of homeless morphs a lot.

Posted by FBH Resident on 05/27/2015 at 1:35 AM

Re: “Hierarchy of Needs

This paragraph is not truthful:
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Nonetheless, most residents have embraced the opportunity; 45 percent of Father Bach Haven tenants have regained their footing and moved on. Only three tenants have returned to homelessness, all due to drug addiction and an aversion to the highly supervised community environment.
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I can count at least 8 that were kicked out into homelessness again, I know one that flat out disappeared. I can count at least 2 that were kicked out being arrested, and I can count 3 that have died.

Posted by FBH Resident on 05/27/2015 at 1:23 AM

Re: “Hierarchy of Needs

So why do I still live here?

There is no where else I can afford to live. The rule under section 8 housing is that a person cannot be self-employed. They must take a job hired by another person. That's impossible for me due to my life-long physical disability. That's why I nearly always worked from home. I have always been poor but I always paid my rent and bills with income I earned working at home making and selling decal stickers on the internet. When WSDOT demolished my neighborhood and made me homeless, it took my income too. So I have no legal way to earn any money to ever get out of here.

I'm trapped in this donation-bait-hole and very angry about it.

Posted by FBH Resident on 05/26/2015 at 10:38 PM

Re: “Hierarchy of Needs

My service dog desperately wants us to go back to living in a car like we used to because she was healthier then not having to be exposed to all the chemicals here and no yard. This neighborhood is so dangerous my car no longer works due to all the sabotage from jealous neighbors who simply can't stand that I wouldn't haul them all around wherever they needed. I put several hundred dollars into my car the first year i lived her and only got to drive it about 3 weeks because somebody would break it again. I had been wasting my money on that.

There is still much much more of all the rights violations around this place. It's overwhelmingly a horrid horrid place to live.

It's never cold enough to sleep. They pumped 92 degree heat in my tiny cement room for 21 hours a day. All ya got to do is cook dinner and it's heated plenty, even in winter.

It's never dark enough to sleep. There are bright lights outside the window. With all my room lights off and shades closed, It's plenty light enough still to read something.

It's never quiet enough to sleep. The train never ends. It's next to the train station. The street people are always yelling up at the windows looking for drugs or pimps.

But Big Charity likes it that way. I do believe I'm the only person here that doesn't take pills.

Posted by FBH Resident on 05/26/2015 at 10:32 PM

Re: “Hierarchy of Needs

I became homeless when the Recovery Act demolished my neighborhood of 28 years (99202) for the alleged north-south-freeway in 2010. Then WSDOT relocation assistance strung me along for a long time. After they moved all my neighbors, they said "Unfortunately we ran out of funding" and "You're too poor to be relocated, we're not legally obligated to care" ... but that is a whole other story that angers me much.

FBH and Catholic Charities and HUD and Housing authority are very wrong to assume that anyone who became homeless was because they were lazy or irresponsible or did something wrong, or was a druggy or criminal or mental illness ... because I'm not.
They are extremely wrong when they think that nobody here at Father Bach Haven cares about the giant use of chemical drugs and the pimping. We have several pimps here bringing in girls, some rather young. Every day & every night you will hear customers yelling up to the windows of the dealer they are looking for.

Posted by FBH Resident on 05/26/2015 at 8:59 PM

Re: “The Contenders

Would you leave any one of these people alone in a room with your wallet?

Posted by registered voter on 05/26/2015 at 12:35 PM

Re: “Dude, Where's My Bike?

not rocket scientists.

Posted by Romeomoon on 05/23/2015 at 6:24 PM

Re: “The Contenders

Don't forget the measles aspect, either.

Here's an article from the NY Times earlier this month talking about how getting the measles can reduce the ability of the body to ward off other infections as well: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/07/m…

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Posted by DavidGreen on 05/21/2015 at 4:15 PM

Re: “The Contenders

@larrycebula:

Here's what Fagan said:
“Men and women are not equal,” he said. “Biologically, there are differences between men and women. Is a 150-pound woman (police officer) going to be able to control a 250-pound, out-of-control so-and-so?”

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/apr/…

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Posted by VictorLaszlo on 05/21/2015 at 1:05 PM

Re: “The Contenders

Easy to pick who you will and won't vote for. Money will be raised for some of the new candidates.

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Posted by Teresa Juneau-Simon on 05/21/2015 at 12:42 PM

Re: “The Contenders

"Ben Krauss, an analyst with the city who said he's running because of Fagan's views on pay differences between men and women working in city government."

I hate to ask...but what are Fagan's views on this matter?

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Posted by larrycebula on 05/21/2015 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Promises and Payments

Thank God, someone finally created some shade for the Ag Center each winter. Oh, change that to thank you WW for keeping our Ag Center in your very large hotel's shadow all winter and running up the city's heating costs, icing up the sidewalks and blocking views.

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Posted by True Justice on 05/21/2015 at 12:21 AM

Re: “The Collaborator

Murray is a die-hard liberal, but can still compromise, negotiate and succeed. And she's learned that you have to act in good faith by keeping your word and not insulting your opponents. I wonder how she managed to learn these lessons, which the President has not learned.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by muddydog on 05/20/2015 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Promises and Payments

Well that money is getting tied up probably because they are trying figure out away to give themselves raises again..... and from the sounds of it I wouldn't deal with any people like you, who renig on a deal.

So let the contamination reach the water, let city council take more raises... whatever happened to being a man of your word?

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Posted by theone on 05/19/2015 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Derailed

You forget to mention how this prick treats the hospital and rehabilitation staff. How about the verbal abuse that he doles out to the people that have to help his worthless ass. As if it's their fault that he got ran over by a train. What a waste that the taxpayers have to pay for such ignorance.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by m on 05/19/2015 at 12:34 AM

Re: “Promises and Payments

I like what WW has done. The hotel is ugly however. We should not be paying for his project.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Teresa Juneau-Simon on 05/19/2015 at 12:06 AM

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