UPDATE: 30-Day Stop Homelessness Challenge: ALL of QOL-Reno’s claims are proving to be TRUE
This is Day 14 of QOL–Reno’s challenge to City Council. Our challenge to the Cit Council members was that in the 30-day period between November 25 and December 24, they could not send us even ONE PERSON from the 1,000 living on the street, that we couldn’t get housed and employed within 72 hours if the individual was willing to be clean and sober and work. See VIDEO of 30-Day Challenge Update #1.
On the other hand, QOL-Reno and the Reno Ambassadors have found a total of 7 on-the-street individuals who were willing to contact us regarding the certainty of their getting almost immediate housing and employment IF they were willing to be clean and sober and willing to work. Results thus far include:
• A homeless woman living in an illegal tent camp was trading sex for drugs and alcohol, and wanted out of the camp. She was so drunk she could barely stand, but accepted our immediate offer to put her in a detox program, which we did within 24 hours. Program opportunities were available to her afterwards, but she stopped contacting us. • An older homeless woman had been living in the city homeless shelter for months, had no money and wanted to work, but had only received counseling to access free housing from VOA. She enrolled with QOL-Reno and began working a $14.50/hour job in less than 48 hours. We immediately set her up with a savings account, two housing options, and a second job offer. But as soon as she started working, she stopped contacting us and failed to pursue the housing options. • A homeless young man, drunk, came to us with the desire to stop his alcohol abuse and get his life right. He expressed complete willingness to get into a private, Bible-based residential program. We immediately found him two openings to choose from enabling him to be in a treatment program within 48 hours. He was supposed to contact us for support in entering the programs, but he did not.
THE REMAINING 4 INDIVIDUALS WHO CONTACTED QOL-RENO: • ALL had monthly checks from the government (from $700 – $1200). • ALL had drug/alcohol abuse problems and spent their checks buying and using drugs and alcohol. • ALL declined to get clean/sober and expressed their belief that the city “owes” them free housing, clothing, food, and transportation. • ALL declined to work.
Thus far, QOL-Reno’s 30-Day Challenge proves the following: • Less than 1/2 of 1% of the 1,000 vagrants-by-choice on Reno’s streets are willing to do what it takes to change their lives – sobriety and a willingness to work. • Anyone on the street who does decide to get sober and work, can get housed and employed almost immediately! • The City Council’s approach to homelessness – spending tens of millions of dollars to just GIVE housing to those who are not sober and don’t want to work is a total waste of taxpayers’ money and simply attracts more vagrants-by-choice to Reno. • The reason the Council pursues this unproductive direction is because not ONE of them cares enough about these vagrants or the community to simply go out on the street to see firsthand that these individuals are there by choice with no desire to utilize available services. • This situation will never change and will get worse until the Council allows Reno Police to enforce the laws for drugs, theft, crime, and illegal camping. Enforcement of laws would motivate the vagrants to either seek help, go to jail, or leave Reno.
UPDATE: HOMELESS CAMPS POLLUTING OUR DRINKING WATER SUPPLY Good News: City Council approved $250K at their December 4 meeting to clean up all of the Truckee River’s illegal homeless camps that they’ve allowed to live on the Truckee for years. Bad News: That amount isn’t sufficient to remove the hundreds of camps and their mountains of toxic waste, sewage, contaminated soil, and garbage from the riverbanks and the river itself. The total approved amount contracted is $50,000 less than Council plans to spend on ONE TOILET for Brodhead Park.
ACCEPTING NO BLAME At the Dec. 4 meeting, not one Council member accepted responsibility for the health and safety issues existing on the Truckee River. This problem exists because the Council has refused to enforce laws prohibiting illegal camping on the Truckee for years.
WHO DOES THE COUNCIL CARE ABOUT? During discussion of the Truckee River illegal camping and pollution issue, the Mayor and Council member Jardon, with no counter argument from other Council members, emphasized that their biggest reason for wanting the several hundred polluting vagrant squatters removed from the riverfront, was to protect the illegal campers from possible dangerous flooding!!
Minimal concern was expressed for the 400,000 community members whose drinking water source, health and safety, and the community’s future are at serious risk by the illegal camping that the Council is allowing. No mention was made by ANY Council members that City maintenance workers and police who cleared out the riverfront camps encountered booby-trap devices left behind by the vagrants, designed to stab City employees with used hypodermic needles. This fact was confirmed by both maintenance and public safety workers.
WHERE IS LOCAL TV COVERAGE FOR RENO’S #1 MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE? Legitimate TV coverage of the Truckee River pollution and illegal camps by local television has been extremely “soft” or almost nonexistent. None of the stations have mentioned QOL-Reno’s water test results that showed pollution levels far beyond the safety level for human contact. TV stations, priding themselves on their “tough” investigative reporting, have repeatedly been informed about this situation, and yet refuse to pursue the story in-depth or to explain their stations’ lack of serious reporting. Sources with firsthand information have told QOL-Reno that local tv reporters have been pressured to avoid any in-depth investigation on this subject.
TMWA GIVES CHILLING PRESENTATION ABOUT ENDANGERMENT OF WATER TREATMENT FACILITY Truckee Meadows Water Authority gave an unnerving presentation to the City Council on 12/4/2019 on the Truckee River, detailing with photographs the dangerous and harmful impact on the water treatment plant and processes. TMWA’s photos of huge amounts of feces, needles and urine dumped into their water treatment ponds by illegal squatters is a call-to-action for the Council to rectify the situation immediately. Video Link: (Begin at 3:20:25, ten minutes long)
CURRENTLY TARGETED RENO PARK: WHITAKER PARK Whitaker Park at 550 University Terrace has a growing number of illegal homeless camps that the City Council and RPD have refused to remove. An 11/15/19 City Attorney internal memo to the Chief of Police and City Manager detailed how RPD officers could legally proceed to remove illegally camping squatters from our parks, yet the City Council and RPD have refused to remove them thus far. (Memo copies available from QOL-Reno.)
Area residents have been contacting Reno Direct and RPD for over a year, asking that the law be enforced and camps removed from Whitaker Park. ALL of their requests have been ignored. Reno Direct is primarily nothing more than a sham created by City Council to deceive residents into thinking that their concerns will be addressed. QOL-Reno will update on this effort.
QOL-RENO PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE: “RENO’S HOMELESS SITUATION: THE REAL FACTS” QOL-Reno has an outstanding brief presentation available for churches, clubs, political organizations, or neighborhood groups. It is presented by Tim McGivney, Reno resident and former homeless man. Tim’s presentation provides the real facts about our numerous homeless resources, the comprehensive cost of unchecked vagrancy to our community, and BEST of all, how this situation could be simply, inexpensively, and rapidly solved. A Question & Answer period follows the presentation. Contact QOL-Reno at info@QOL-Reno.org if you wish to schedule a presentation. Tim’s speaking schedule is filling up rapidly!
ATTENTION ALL CITY WORKERS AND WCSD TEACHERS: THE COMMUNITY NEEDS YOU TO SPEAK UP! If you’re a City of Reno worker or a WCSD educator, you know the truth firsthand about how our city and schools are being run, and the community needs to know about it. Your information can make the difference! You can contact QOL-Reno in complete anonymity, and we will get the word out to the community.
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