He (Gopman) also has admitted recent, prior bias, if not hatred or anger towards our homeless, but now claims 'he's seen the light'.
And he may have, and he's spent some time inside homeless world, as observer, but don't mistake that for the decades of in depth experience that thousands of you residents have in our city, deep in homeless, shelter, human services and city, state and county programs and agencies, that these folks coming to us with THEIR WAYS AND IDEAS AND THEIR SOLUTIONS do not have.
BRING WHAT YOU WANT AND KNOW TO THE TABLE TO MAKE SURE WE GET WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW WE WANT AND NEED, AT COST, NOT TO ENABLE MEGA PROFITS TO RUN PROGRAMS THEY LIKE DOWN OUR THROATS, AS THEY'VE DONE FOR DECADES NOW.
BE AWARE AND DOUBLE CHECK EVERY FACT AND PERSONA AND CORPORATE OR NON-PROFIT BACKER, SPONSOR OR PROGRAM THEY APPROACH US WITH BEFORE WE AGREE TO ANYTHING!
And he's already linked up to not-from-here ideas and organizations, so, this looks like they wish to present their plans for all of us... but, we need to make sure WE, THE PEOPLE, are the ones who present them, with what we want, where we are, as we are... we must inform them of OUR NEEDS from our point of view where we are at now....
They may try to get us all to go move into some complexes they're doing with government - private partnerships FOR PROFITS which means costs for what they 'provide' for us, will always increase, being controlled by bankster faux market values.
The National Coalition on Homelessness says the majority of all human service programs FAIL because they are not created, designed, managed and operated by local clients, themselves.
Every time out of towners or newbies come with big programs to solve problems that locals did not create, they fail. Meaning, they make megabucks for organizers, managers, investors and tax agents... but over time, they fail and collapse on the clients, then there's another crisis and more new top down, not-from-here programs are introduced as 'the next homeless solution'.
Okay, our teams are meeting with peers and local groups to make sure THE PROGRAMS are to be not for profit and are at lowest cost possible and must be owned, operated and managed by OUR LOCAL PEOPLE and must enable us all to be where we are and stay where we are and not be transported in and out of targeted zones for development or condos, et cetera.
Remember, the Elite in our city have hijacked every good program, process, campaign and 'town hall' meetings we've had over decades, to ensure their needs and profit motives are met, ahead of our critical human needs.
We saw that with the 'train' to reform the shelters, after we, the people, with Eric Bayer started the SF Power Group (which got our most hardcore folks off the streets and fully housed and employed or enrolled in school in 11 to 20 weeks, with natural foods, self direction and at one tenth of the cost of any other program to date with a 75% success rate).
And again with the SF Shelter Standards of Care Workshops and Laws that we, the people created, that The Elite wanted to block with then Mayor Gavin Newsom's Veto, which didn't happen. We passed that law that we wrote and both of the 'from-the-people up' campaigns became world class models.
So, we're dealing with CORPORATE TYPES who have a certain nature, no matter how much they may be changing... BE AWARE.
BE PREPARED FOR ADD ON PROGRAMS THAT COST US MORE AND COME FROM OUTSIDE THE MINDS OF OUR PEOPLE (i.g. Agenda 21, behavior modification, public safety programs from New York, Sweden, et al) that DON'T work here.
Give us what we know we need and want, how we want it is how programs work best here... we're reasonable adults capable of explaining what we need... we don't need others telling us what we want or what they're going to do for us...
Onward, mark this event on your calendar and organize all your groups now!