Jaclyn Tredway of Bay to Bay ServiceS has given them the opportunity to show their sincerity. She has resubmitted a bullet type summary of essentially the same plan that she first introduced to them a year ago, that would get the homeless off the streets almost immediately at almost Zero cost, and benefit by their community service. They have been invited to move from the "least friendly city" to the homeless, in the nation, to a roll model of how to not only shelter/house the homeless, but protect and develop their hidden value as assets to the greater community. Along with this summary and invitation, she has requested appointments to meet with Tom Barwin, and each commissioner, including Mayor Shaw, to discuss the details of goals, implementation and community involvement. We'll test the sincerity of their words, by observing the actions that follow.
Dear City Council Members, Mayor Shaw and City Manager, Tom Barwin,
I wish to test the sincerity of the sentiment stated in the Herald Tribune Article April 7, 2014. You are considering aspects of a plan proposed by Mr. Marbut, that would get the homeless off the streets, but is not supported by very vocal segments of the community, for fear of location close to residents and businesses. You are proposing to catch up to what cities across the nation are in a frenzy of implementation of: “Affordable Housing” utilizing “Tiny House Villages. This helps a few and still does not get the homeless off the streets, nor provide any growth opportunities beyond housing, and would probably end up like other public housing projects. What Bay to Bay Services is offering you, is a plan that would convert your city from being known as a “tail-dragger” to a “national role model” for a Community Development protocol that would not only shelter/house ALL the homeless, but transform them into community assets. This is the challenge I offer you. which moniker would you prefer ?
A year ago, June, after an altercation between a homeless individual and businessman, downtown, I started a series of addresses to this council which would get the homeless off the street very quickly and provide safety and security to ALL the citizens of Sarasota, from the chronic street homeless to all levels of the public and business community. The Bay to Bay Services’ proposal and implementation plans were extremely affordable and provided practical, community implemented means for safety and security for ALL the souls of Sarasota, Homeless and the Public. Since then BtBS has incorporated into it’s model the best of other proposals implemented nationally and proposed locally, and has gained much support.
I hope to meet with you, as you consider your plans for going forward on temporary housing for the street homeless. Bay to Bay’s evolved vision and plan is very easily implemented and would save the city and county untold dollars. But, more than that, it compels and inspires the chronic street homeless to engage in and advance in not only job skills, but life skills and character, with the ultimate goal being their transformation into assets of the community.
MICRO PODS & A NEW VIEW OF TRANSITIONAL/TRANSFORMATIONAL HOUSING
Not the Focus, but the Reflection of, and Crucible, for Transforming Character.
Man is, in Reality, a Spiritual Being, and only when he lives in the spirit is he truly happy. ‘Abdu’l-Baha
1. Committed to the Human Developmental Principles that have been espoused by ‘Abdu’l-Baha, Montessori, Whitehead,Gobbi and Cavaletti which integrate man’s dual, spiritual/material purpose and potential. These have been further consolidated, by the Refuge Educational Project, into four Vital and Sequential Needs and Capacities, each forming a foundation for the one to follow. If a foundational step, or level, has been missed, it must be revisited and mastered for effective, organic development.
2.”The most fundamental need in human development is to feel safe, secure and experience a Loving Environment and Deep Sense of Well-Being.”
All citizens of and visitors to a community have the right to expect basic conditions of safety and security. Anything beyond that must be earned. We have found that giving too much, too soon to the poor, or homeless, supports the mentality of entitlement to “things” and “ease.” When their transition from street homelessness to valuable citizens of the community takes the natural, organic path of human development, it becomes intrinsically incentivized through the success oriented “ baby steps”of their evolution. This process is reflected in and facilitated through their Transitional Housing, from the most basic of all common structures, to self-built micro-pods, to group homes to homes incorporated into underutilized parking lots and public neighborhoods.
3. No homeless soul is forced to be in this program, but he/she is also not allowed to become a parasite on, nor a threat to the well-being of the public. Via Pottinger vs. Miami, this solution can remove and redirect all street services to the authorized shelters, as well as integrate with the legal system to cycle into the shelter all those who indulge in “squatting” on public or private property, pan handling, etc.
4. This solution works best when invested in, and collaborated with, all segments of society, including local government, social agencies, business owners, artists, recovered homeless and public volunteers and donors. Each supports and finds their contribution to the common process, standard and goal.
5. It would be overseen by a council comprising all the above, plus legal council, and to whom all benefactors would be accountable and through whom organic problem solving and enrichment is provided quickly, as the needs and opportunities arise.
I pray you consider starting your solutions to Chronic Street Homelessness by providing the most fundamental of human needs, utilizing Micro Pods, and evolving capacity through “baby step,” success oriented and expectations and benefits. You may review some more posts as they have been developing on BaytoBayServices.org , “Homelessness” tab.
Thank you for this opportunity to serve the community with you, offering solutions, beyond this summary.
Sincerely, Jaclyn Tredway
Bay to Bay Services