Tuesday, February 28, 2012

National Law Center On Homelessness And Poverty

I woke up terribly ill, so ill I had a difficult time walking outside. I wanted to sleep just to evade the pain. I was not too sure which hurt more, my head or my stomach.. but my head felt like it had been sawed off in my sleep and replaced using super glue.

The wind was simply insane. The standing joke for today was that White Sands is blowing through. Visibility is so low you can't even see across the valley.

This has been one of those days where you have NO idea what to do because you have done everything possible. A day of praying for the phone to ring saying that I have work for a day, or a week, or permanently. I spent some time getting belongings out that can be sold, trying to figure out how to protect what I have managed to hang onto for 4 years while being homeless. But for the most part it's been a day of frustration with my health and my circumstances.

People in homes don't have to consider relocating every single thing they own each time they lose a job, or wonder where they will be living while looking for work..

I finally got the prices from the printers:

Setup fee $35 min (1 time fee per design)
Screen fee $12.50 per screen (depends on how many colors / per design)
1-12 shirts $9 per shirt
13-48 shirts $8.75 per shirt
49-96 shirts $8 per shirt
97-144 shirts $7.25 per shirt
145 + $6.50 per shirt

Now it's a matter of deciding if I dare jump in and try to make additional funds this way. I have never been one to shy away from anything, but trying to put a roof over your head after having gone through so much makes you very wary fearing that you will lose more ground.

About a year ago I was speaking at the State Department thanks to an invite from my friend Beth Kanter. While in Washington, DC my friends at the Case Foundation invited me to stop by for a visit . As I was leaving to walk back to where I was staying I received a tweet from National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty letting me know their offices are right around the corner.

I just love social media because all the connections from Beth Kanter to Case Foundation to National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty are a result of engaging people on Twitter. I first connected with NLCHP online, and then at an National Alliance to End Homelessness conference, but I really didn't fully understand how awesome and important their work was until this interview.

As a lawyer, Maria Foscarinis could have chosen a lot of different paths other than fighting homelessness. Many of them far more lucrative than social and public service work. I have a lot of respect for her and anyone who dedicates themselves to helping others.

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty fights for homeless people at the national and local level. The afternoon I spent visiting really opened my eyes to a different and much needed form of advocacy.
Taken from this about page:

Lawyers Working to End Homelessness

The mission of the Law Center is to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness. To achieve its mission, the organization pursues three main strategies:

*impact litigation
*policy advocacy
*public education

The Law Center strives to place homelessness in the larger context of poverty. By taking this approach, the organization aims to address homelessness as a very visible manifestation of deeper causes, including:

*the shortage of affordable housing
*insufficient income
*inadequate social services

Please support National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty http://www.nlchp.org and follow them on twitter https://twitter.com/#!/nlchphomeless

And still the cold wind blew all day, not stopping until dusk... as one reporter said, "sending White Sands" over the mountain. Amazingly later in the afternoon a satellite image was released showed a cloud of white sand heading from White Sands to Ruidoso .... I just want to go home.

Shaun King (HopeMob) http://www.facebook.com/HopeMob posted a link to this song by PJ Morton http://www.facebook.com/thepjmorton feat.Adam Levine that could have been written for me, and EVERY homeless person.

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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Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need. - Khalil Gibran