16 April 2013

Springtime for the Homeless

Filed under: Culture, Reflections — ktismatics @ 9:30 am

UPDATE: The Shelter just announced that it’s going to stay open tonight and tomorrow night before closing for the season. Maybe my post helped in shaming management into it.

Winter Sheltering services are available from October 15 through April 15 for any adult in need.

That’s what it says on the website of the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. It’s not true: any “adult in need” who has already spent 90 nights at the Shelter during the current “warming season” cannot spend another night there. And capacity isn’t nearly adequate: while the Shelter sleeps 160,  another 100 people spend their nights sleeping on the floors of churches and synagogues that have agreed to provide “overflow” shelter during bad weather.

But today is April 16 and according to the Shelter’s calendar the season is now over: the Shelter is closed tonight and every other night until October 15. Presumably in the warm weather homeless people are not “in need” of an indoor place to sleep, even though it is illegal to sleep outdoors in Boulder. Here’s what Boulder looks like today, April 16, out my back window:


Today’s local forecast: Moderating temperatures will change morning scattered snow showers to rain showers by late day. Patchy freezing drizzle possible. High around 45F, low of 31F. Winds SE at 15 to 25 mph. [Currently it’s 25F, so the meteorologists were being a bit optimistic about the low.]

Tomorrow: Cloudy with snow showers becoming a steady accumulating snow later on. Cold. High 36F, low 19F. Winds N at 15 to 25 mph. 1 to 3 inches of snow expected.

1 Comment »

  1. Twenty inches of snow have fallen since Monday, most of it still on the ground since it’s also been cold. It’s sunny out there now but only 30F, with tonight’s low expected to be 22F. So is the Homeless Shelter open tonight? It is not. Here’s a physical space built for sleeping 160 homeless people, and it’s not open for six months of the year. And why not? Presumably because it “enables” homelessness: if the homeless always have a safe place to sleep, then they have no incentive to get a job and pay for an apartment of their own. So you say you might freeze to death out there tonight in the snow and cold? Hey, it’s tough love, baby.


    Comment by ktismatics — 18 April 2013 @ 1:01 pm

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