PARC Group Offers Temporary Shelter for Those in Need
We don’t always subscribe to Humboldt County activist Verbena’s point of view or her more sometimes controversial methods for initiating change.
Sometimes we do agree, however.
This is one of those times.
Her heart is in the right place on this one– and we would like
to show her some love and bring this grassroots message to
the forefront of your awareness.
The following is her post from the Humboldt Herald:
EMERGENCY- Freezing Weather and People with No Shelter
Recently, a small household in Eureka, made its garage available as a safe sleeping space for people with no shelter. The household and a group of friends (many PEOPLE PROJECT folks) organized the space in response to the dangerous weather and police conditions on the street.
It was actually quite simple. Prior to opening the safe sleeping
space, we discussed how we thought it would work best. One of the
things decided beforehand was that we would make the space available
for 11 nights (December 21-31), and we would be explicit about that time
frame so that people sleeping there could depend on a stable schedule.
Being only a temporary situation, we are reaching out to you, asking you to open your garage, yard, or big room for whatever time you decide is possible. We imagine a rotating emergency sleeping space. We have found that when a community cooperates and shares in the protection of its most vulnerable members, the result is a vital sense of security experienced by all.
The people who recently shared their garage and those of us who supported
and helped coordinate that emergency shelter space are available to talk
with you about our experiences. We are eager to assist you in many ways
if you are able to open up a sleeping space.
Ways we can assist you include:
- Collecting floor padding, blankets, sleepware, and other necessary warm things (the garage just used had a cement floor);
- Driving folks who need a ride to and from the space;
- And being present in the sleeping space overnight.
The volunteer-run PARC (Peoples’ Action for Rights and Community) in Old Town, Eureka, fully supports the creation of temporary or permanent dignified community sleeping spaces. PARC is available for any set-up you may provide, as a phone contact, a donation drop-off, and a dedicated resource for people offering or utilizing a safe shelter.
People can and do freeze to death in cold or wet or windy weather. Here
we have all three at once. And the police continue to harass people and
ruin their gear in the rain and cold.
Please Call PARC: (707) 442-7465
The following are the guidelines that were posted on the inside of the garage. You may have some different ideas for your place. We believe that emphasizing honor, dignity, and relationship makes for a truly “safe space.”
To protect this safe sleeping space…
- no drinking alcohol or doing drugs (including pot) here
- use lights, not candles
- every night, come through front house door when you first arrive;
then use the front gate to go in/out.
- use bathroom in the house (walk in back door, then to right)
- quiet after 9pm, and during cigarette breaks
You are welcome to sleep here…
- every night through the night of Dec 31st.
- Please come in no earlier than 6 pm and no later than 10:30 pm
-mornings, out by 9 am please
Please do not leave your belongings here,
as no-one is here to protect them.
Please communicate theses guide-lines with newcomers.
If you need anything, please feel free to ask.
(Images by the Humboldt Sentinel. Posted by Skippy Massey)