Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Push Button For Drama

Having to be in Carrizozo before 9 am this morning was a feat in itself. I arrived, as usual, somewhat early, before 8.30 am. I managed to speak to Judge Proctor and clear off the ticket for the farm trailer.

Coming back to Ruiodoso I stopped to pay Jan, give her the title to the trailer, and arrange to get back with the blasted key to the tack room/bedroom, so I could get my property out of the trailer.

For hours I looked for a key I have not seen for three years, when it was last on the keyring belonging to a Chevy truck. I did find the spare Chevy keys, but much to my frustration the trailer key was nowhere in sight.

By noon the sky was overcast, with periodic sprinkles of rain. Even though the temperature was close to 70 degree's I was shivering cold all day long. By 2 pm the thunder rolled over the Sierra Blanca making me feel blessed that I had become distracted by the lost key. Had I not the stock trailer would have already been loaded down, and without adequate protection everything would have been soaked.
By late this afternoon I realized that rushing around trying to keep a deadline was a total waste of time. I will take my time cleaning up the shed, and loading the trailer - and I will get where I am going at the time I am supposed to be there. That may not be when I desire to be there.
I'd have to admit that I am enjoying the drama free time period that may end up being the quiet before the storm.

We will have to support a convicted felon no matter where we go, but I am praying to find a location more affordable that gives me the opportunity to support "them" and "us" while having a home.

WLCH’s “Fact Sheet on Homelessness and Poverty”

This document, which is updated on a regular basis because of the constantly changing nature of the information we cite, is more than mere facts and figures, however. It is a constant reminder to us, and to the people with whom we collaborate, about the entrenched nature of poverty in the District of Columbia. It is also damning evidence of just how little things have changed over the years in terms of the factors that contribute to the high rate of homelessness in Washington, D.C.

The Fact Sheet consists of 4 sections: “Who is Homeless?”; “Why Are So Many Homeless?”; “Is There Enough Shelter?”; and “Is There Enough Housing?”, categories which attempt to get to the heart of both the causes and the face of homelessness in the District.

One of the most telling statistics included in the Fact Sheet is the number of people who are homeless in D.C. over the course of a year, as well as the average number of homeless individuals in the city on any given night. The latter statistic is gleaned from a once a year “count” of homeless persons in the District every January, known as the “Point in Time” survey. For 2011, this number was 6,546 individuals, a figure which has actually decreased since the Fact Sheet was first created, but has not budged by more than a few hundred for the past several years. The more alarming statistic is the number of people who access the homeless services system over the course of a given year, which has stubbornly remained at approximately 16,000 people since the Fact Sheet was first created in 1998. That is close to 3% of the entire population of Washington, D.C., which is one of the highest rates of homelessness per capita in the country, and a sad testament to the state of poverty in our Nation’s Capital.

Hiding beneath these numbers is another, more troubling statistic: the dramatic increase in the number of homeless families in D.C. since the economy started its freefall in 2008. While the net number of persons who are homeless has stayed somewhat steady for the past few years, due in part to increased efforts to place single homeless adults into permanent housing, the number of homeless families increased more than 30% between 2008 and 2011. 2,024 families applied for emergency shelter in 2010, and D.C.’s homeless count from January, 2011 included 1,620 children. Yet the number of emergency shelter slots for those families has increased very little since the Fact Sheet was first conceived, with a total of 160 apartment-style units and fewer than 200 overflow slots to accommodate this burgeoning population. As a result, today, as in 1998, the wait for emergency family shelter is at least 6 months for the majority of families who find themselves without a place to live.

Underlying these statistics are some numbers that help tell the story behind homelessness in Washington, DC. While the amount of public benefits received by many in D.C.’s homeless community has increased very little over the past 14 years, the price of virtually everything, but especially housing, has gone through the roof. For instance, the TANF benefit for a family of 3 in 1998 was $379/month; today it is $428/month. Yet the Fair Market Rent for a 2-BR home has increased from $814/month to $1,461/month during that same period, putting permanent housing out of reach for the vast majority of homeless persons in D.C. At the same time, the waiting list for subsidized housing through the DC Housing Authority, the primary source of affordable housing in the city, has gone from 26,430 in 1998 to 40,200 as of late 2011.

While facts and figures can often seem dry and impersonal, the Fact Sheet tries to bring them to life. It paints a picture of the stark realities that underlie the deep-rooted and seemingly hopeless poverty that many of our clients experience everyday. As we head into budget season, let’s hope it can help us convince those in positions of power to use this city’s vast resources to truly make a difference in the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors.

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 a
sked for 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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Alone we are nothing, together we are everything~ John Lennon