RENO HOT SHEET
#11 – Nov. 19, 2019

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QOL-RENO CHALLENGES CITY COUNCIL:
“WE CAN END RENO’S HOMELESS SITUATION IN 30 DAYS”
 
QOL-Reno is challenging City Council that we can prove that there isn’t ONE chronically homeless person in our entire community who is not there by CHOICE. QOL-Reno will accept referrals of chronically homeless individuals from the City Council, during a 30-day challenge starting November 25, and concluding on Christmas Eve, December 24.
 
Details of the QOL-Reno 30-Day Challenge
Between November 25 and December 24 (30 days), QOL-Reno will accept City Council’s referrals of homeless individuals and get them housed and employed within 72 hours or less IF that person:

• Can pass a drug test, and stay clean and sober
• Is willing to work a steady job
• Is willing to obey the law
• Is willing to immediately start mental health treatment if needed
• Is willing to accept any housing and/or support programs available
• QOL-Reno will publicly report on the results with every client referred to them by Reno City Council. Referred clients will remain anonymous.
• QOL-Reno will not charge $1 for its services during this 30-day period.
 
WHY will QOL-Reno’s 30-day challenge to City Council be successful?
Because NONE of the “legitimately homeless” are on the streets. They are already IN countless great programs, already willingly accepting a large variety of help and services, and are already rebuilding their lives.
 
What will this challenge prove?
• The tens of millions of dollars the City Council is spending on government-funded and directed homeless programs is NOT needed
• The Council’s approach to solving Reno’s homelessness is making the situation worse.
• The Council needs to adopt the QOL-Reno Homeless Plan, that emphasizes: 1) Helping those who want to be helped, and 2) Firm, fair law enforcement for those who DO NOT want help, and are merely hiding behind the “homeless” label.
 
HOMELESS MYTH BUSTING IN RENO
 
MYTH #1:
“The Homeless-by-choice on the street are hungry and have no money.” FALSE!
QOL-Reno’s research found that ANY single person on the street has access to:
• 25 food pantries that supply enough food for over 70 meals per week
• Two free meals, 6-7 days per week through a variety of providers
• Either food stamps for almost $200 per month and/or disability, social security, or pension checks ranging from $700-$1,000+ per month.
 
 MYTH #2:
“The homeless-by-choice on the street have no affordable housing options.” FALSE!
QOL-Reno’s research found that EVERY contacted private program, half-way house, sober living, etc. “ALWAYS have openings.” These programs require sobriety, employment, law-abiding behavior, participation in life-changing programs, and counseling if necessary.
 
QOL-Reno also found that the City’s homeless shelter “RARELY has openings.” This program has been described by its own management as “dangerous,” “chaotic,” and “unsafe.” The City’s shelter allows unlimited amounts of drugs and alcohol in its clients, doesn’t require employment, law-abiding behavior, participation in any type of life-changing programs, or mental health counseling/programs.
 
MYTH #3:
“The Homeless-by-choice on the street can’t find employment?” FALSE!
Reno has numerous employment agencies that can place anyone with an ID and a clean drug test at a job the following day for $12 – $18/hour.
 
WHAT’S NEW WITH WCSD’S 49th-IN-THE-NATION RANKED SCHOOLS?
 “I would NEVER send my child to WCSD schools.”
(WCSD substitute teacher)
 
QOL-Reno interviewed a WCSD substitute teacher about his/her experiences in our high schools. Excerpts follow:
• When the class bell would ring, about 1/3 of students were in my classroom, and the other 20-25 were wandering the school grounds with no consequences.
• Students who weren’t even enrolled in my class would come in and verbally abuse me, and in one instance assaulted me. When I tried to stop this behavior, the students would say, “You can’t stop me.” When I reported the incident to the principal’s office, they did nothing.
• Maybe 5 out of 35 students in class were trying to do their work, and the rest were just playing on their phones during the entire period. There was almost no learning taking place.
• The smell of marijuana in the classroom was pretty constant.
I observed no discipline of any kind on the campuses I was on.
The student behavior at the richer and poorer high schools was equally bad.
I would NEVER send my child to WCSD schools. Parents have no idea what is going on. They should know that their kids are getting exposed to drugs and constant lying. Our high schools are nothing but teenage daycare centers, functioning in mildly organized, dangerous chaos.

 
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 about how our city and schools are being run, and the community needs to know about it. You can contact QOL-Reno in complete anonymity, and we will get the word out to the community. (775) 685-8200.

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