Friday, January 27, 2012

Growing Old ..... Homeless

The wind was vicious when I woke up. So bad the shed rattled and wind was blowing everything around both outside and inside. But the snow storm that was on the weather forecast yesterday has disappeared, with no snow in sight over the week-end. If the high winds would decrease the morning would have been another simply delightful day. But the high winds continued until late afternoon when a semblance of quiet returned.

Perhaps I should refine my prayers.

I spent the day marketing horses on-line, and watching the twitter feed topics.. one of which was "the older homeless" population.

My age has never been something I gave a lot of thought to, until Robert Huckins stole our building fund and left me homeless, because I had always been so physically active. That all changed when I became homeless. Living rough depletes you - it's perhaps the easiest way ever known to mankind to shorten a person's lifespan in the shortest period possible.

When people lose everything and they are in their 50's, 60's, 70's and above it is a blow virtually impossible to recover from. The stress alone is enough to kill someone. Dorothy McKeever is a very sad example of what can happen when you financially and emotionally pull the rug from under the feet of an older person. They die. In a recession-depression everything is magnified a hundredfold.

Boston's Elderly Homeless Sicker Than Others, Research Finds.
ScienceDaily (Sep. 13, 2011) — A striking portrait of the health of Boston's elderly homeless population is emerging from a new study by the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. The study finds that homeless seniors in Boston experience higher rates of geriatric syndromes, including functional decline, falls, frailty and depression, than seniors in the general population and that many of these conditions may be easily treated if detected.

55 year old Maurice Johnston lives in Boston, by way of Cleveland. He has a Masters Degree in Plasma Physics from Dartmouth College, and a masters in Electrical Engineering and acoustics from Purdue University. He's worked over 10 years at Lockheed Aerospace & Aerodyne Research Corp. Maurice has taught in Science and physics, and took care of both his parents in their time of need.
I try to be a little optimistic, but as the years continue on I am aware that my health isn't the same as it was in 2007. The winters of being outside in such adverse conditions has depleted me physically. And the sheer terror of dying homeless, of not being able to have a home, or pick up my life is so much stress death would be, for myself anyway, a welcome relief.

Definitions of aged status in the homeless vary from study to study. However, there is a growing consensus that persons aged 50 and over should be included in the "older homeless" category. Homeless persons aged 50-65 frequently fall between the cracks of governmental safety nets: while not technically old enough to qualify for Medicare, their physical health, assaulted by poor nutrition and severe living conditions, may resemble that of a 70-year-old.

Among the Sheltered Homeless Persons in 2008, 16.8% of them were 51 and older according to the 2008 annual homeless assessment report to Congress and 30.6% of the individuals who stayed in emergency shelters for more than 180 days were 51 and older.
A Daily News review of homeless statistics found that as of December, there were 2,234 single adults over 55 in the shelter system, compared to 1,437 in 2002.
In the last two years alone, there was a 28% jump. Nearly 500 of today’s residents are over 65, coping with the premature ravages of aging along with no permanent roof overhead.
There has to be someone related to Robert &Sylve Huckins must have some means to reach them, if it be Michael Huckins, Dr.Kenneth Ogilvie ( Diana Huckins? Dominic Huckins? Malcolm Huckins? ) or Patricia Ogilvie-Huckins and get them to return ALL of the money they stole from us so that I can buy a home and get our lives back. I am begging anyone in this family for help.

I don't believe I have EVER witnessed any none vio
lent crime that can be as devastating as stealing someone's home. I am walking in Dorothy McKeevers footsteps, day by day, month by month, year by year.

Liam Griffin, I sat in your law office with two witnesses as you gave me your promise, your guarantee, that our money would be returned before harm came to us.

Patricia Ogilvie-Huckins you were present the day I signed contract with your son. You walked out of the kitchen with Sylve Huckins and your son introduced me to you. He told you that I was the British horse trainer he had told you about, the one he was going to build the home and barn for. Why didn't you say something? There may be a rational and reasonable explanation but I have spent over 3 years, homeless, not understanding it. I understand it even less knowing that though I was a total stranger, both Dorothy McKeever and Sally Canning you KNEW, and you knew what your son had done to them and others.

Dr. Kenneth Ogilvie, I contacted you and simply asked f
or a reference, not knowing that Robert Huckins was your cousin. Robert Huckins had just stolen over $30,000 from the domestic violence shelter, HEAL, yet everyone was trying to hide it. There was a history of stealing large amounts of money. $65,000 PLUS from Nancy Canning. $89,000 PLUS from Dorothy McKeever, $45,000 from Francis McKinney. The list just goes on and on and on.
Because of Robert Huckins I ended up paying
$140,000 to be homeless.. sat in the cold, emotionally, physically and financially broke. In the middle of a recession, with no way to recover the stolen funds.

Today Robert Huckins has his own home...
He also has OUR home.....
He also has a lot of people's money...
And his freedom.

Women are not banks or loan institutions. Women should not be the source of a retirement fund for people who don't want to do an honest day's work for an honest day's pay. Holding women hostage while playing with the judicial system, a horrendous game of cat and mouse extending YEARS, with the victims whose very homes, families and stability are in jeopardy is cruelty, as cruel as a physical beating. It is financial and emotional RAPE. Homelessness is not justice. It is a slow, painful death.
Please, I beg with everything I have within me, pl
ease convince Robert Huckins to stop this torture and return the building fund he stole from us so we too, can have a home.

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YEARS, many parti-colour'd years, Some have crept on, and some have flown. Since first before me fell those tears, I never could see fall alone. Years, not so many, are to come, Years not so varied, when from you One more will fall: when, carried home, I see it not, nor hear Adieu. ~ Walter Savage Landor.