Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ash Wednesday

I woke up before sunrise terribly ill. The day started to turn into a gorgeous spring like day, yet my stomach wouldn't stop churning over as the nausea continued and I couldn't find a way to feel better.

The blessing has been this fabulous weather. I keep counting those blessings for if we had bad weather this would be beyond an emotionally tolerable situation.

I immediately started trying to come up with any avenue to generate enough money to be in a home before mid-summer. A few phone calls to printers gave me an idea of how to get designer t-shirts and hoodies printed up. But when I sat down to select the designs that would cost the least to manufacture, and would sell the best, my mind went totally blank.

Everyone else's panic about this situation is added to mine. This is total insanity..
Here I am supporting a convicted felon and I can't find a way to afford a home AND provide for him. Does anyone in this family hear me?

I have no idea what to do between now and then.. but I have to try and focus on one day at a time, Sweet Jesus.

IF only I could stop the panic/anxiety attacks.

I had to run to Lawrence Brothers to get some supplies, but my stomach was churning over and I was shaking so bad I could barely function. I think my ex-boss thought I had lost my ever loving mind because I am so jumpy.

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People Living In Storage Unites Accentuate Homelessness Problem In California

The Los Angeles Times reports a deceased senior citizen was found in a storage unit. The San Bernardino, Calif., resident likely died from natural causes.

Is it legal to live in a California storage unit?

City ordinances require habitable spaces to feature plumbing and electricity. This excludes storage units.

Is storage space living an outcropping of the housing bubble's bursting?

Market Watch identified the approximate bust of the housing market to have occurred in September 2007. A nationwide 18 percent drop in housing prices took place in October 2007. San Francisco saw a 31 percent decline, while Los Angeles' home values decreased 27.9 percent. The Washington Post reported on storage units as living space solutions as early as November 2004.

What are typical living spaces for California's homeless?

Poverty Insights says larger populations of the state's homeless can be found along freeways, in parks and along rivers. Shopping carts filled with personal possessions are signs of nearby homeless camps. In some cases, the homeless use discarded tents for a nightly shelter.

How do storage facilities fit into the equation?

Advocates and volunteers working with the homeless explain those individuals, who are able to afford a storage unit, will do so to store their possessions. Occasionally they will access them after dark to sleep in the units.

What do advocates for California's homeless population think of this trend?

People Assisting the Homeless CEO Joel John Roberts points out that in the Los Angeles housing market it costs approximately $250,000 to build an affordable housing unit. Rent on such a unit -- even if it was as low as $600 -- would still be out of reach for plenty of the state's homeless residents.

Would it make more sense to encourage the homeless to visit a shelter?

Since shelter space is very limited in California. PATH publishes a fact sheet that shows the limited beds available to homeless singles and families on a nightly basis. For example, the Rhonda Fleming Family Center, which is part of the Regional Homeless Center, only offers 20 beds for mothers and children. A Hollywood Center facility offers 65 beds to men and women who are described as "chronically homeless." At a West Los Angeles facility, men, women and children compete for 32 beds.

Sylvia Cochran is a Los Angeles area resident with a firm finger on the pulse of California politics. Talk radio junkie, community volunteer and politically independent, she scrutinizes the good and the bad from both sides of the political aisle.

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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