That ol’ rag you see littering the streets and garbage bins of Humboldt County is at it again, folks. The NCJ penned a story for their online blog which basically says that a port-a-potty in the Palco March homeless encampment area was torched in protest of the City of Eureka’s notice to vacate the Marsh by May 2nd.
But THC must ask: what if the potty wasn’t torched in protest?What if some people just want to see the potty burn?
THC is disappointed that the NCJ didn’t touch on the elephant in the Marsh in their story. What about the rights of the port-a-potty that was so tragically incinerated? What about the little potty trainers left behind without their quite possibly single-parent mommy or daddy potty who was struggling to get back on their feet? Apparently, bleeding hearts can only stretch so far.
But that’s okay, because according to the City of Eureka, people camping down in the Devil’s Playground won’t be a problem after May 2nd. Meaning that all philosophical questions regarding the existential plight of port-a-potties will soon be moot.
In related and equally shitty news, Eureka put out an RFP today for temporary homeless encampment proposals from outside agencies. Which is great news, in and of itself. The shitty part? The City of Eureka is expecting that all of these proposals will stand alone, without any aid or funding from the City other than their approval of the project.
Here’s a link to the RFP document, in which you can read the details of the proposals that the City is soliciting, and from which you can also deduce what a bunch of feckless pansies are sitting in Eureka’s Council chambers.
Remember the last time the City gave the reigns to an outside organization for establishing a “temporary” tent city to re-home the good people down in the Devil’s Playground? Yeah, it didn’t turn out so well.
And this time around, the City expects an alternative campsite to be established without any funding help, and which completely insulates them from legal responsibility. Way to really put your neck out for the good of the community, Eureka City Council. Bravo.
THC also feels compelled to touch upon the fact that the 6-month time frame stipulated in the City’s RFP is just plain ludicrous. Sure, we don’t want a permanent, full-time homeless encampment like the whiz-kids over at AHHA were pushing for. But does the City think the need for homeless shelter will evaporate after six months?
Probably not, considering that the strategy that the City paid lots of money to a consulting firm for – money that could have been used to support something like a temporary homeless encampment! – pushes for the City and/or County to house 30 people over 60 days. At that rate – and assuming the estimates of 1,300 homeless in Humboldt are accurate – it would take years to house all these folks.
Anyhow, let’s all sit back and watch as the City takes zero initiative, and expects somebody else to do all the heavy lifting again.