Needles, CA: During last Tuesday’s Needles City Council Meeting, the Needles City Council members had a discussion regarding homeless people loitering at Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California and other public areas in Needles, California.
A few spoke about homeless people loitering at Santa Fe Park, but instead of talking about how to solve the issue of homelessness in Needles, California, most talked about where about how to get rid of the homeless, blaming the homeless for the dog crap left at the park, and maybe sending the homeless to Hawaii or another place.
Little to no talks from the few who spoke and members of the Needles City Council on if the City of Needles can find a place to make into a homeless shelter, getting the County of San Bernardino and San Bernardino County Department of Human Services to help with the issue of homelessness, asking or accepting donations to help with building a homeless shelter, or asking or allowing local organizations and churches to building a homeless shelter.
The complaint about homeless loitering at Santa Fe Park came up during a special meeting regarding Utility User Tax and Marijuana Business Tax Measures held on Wednesday. October 17th, 2012; Needles Downtown Business Alliance Jan Jernigan and other organizers of that special meeting began talking about how Saint Vincent de Paul isn’t not doing enough for the homeless and blaming St. Ann Catholic Church for causing the loitering when passing out food at Santa Fe Park even when St. Ann Catholic Church isn’t the church who passes out the lunches at Santa Fe Park.
President of the Needles Downtown Business Alliance Jan Jernigan talked about the problem of homeless people loitering at Santa Fe Park to Needles City Council Member Linda Kidd (As seen in the picture above left) which than said she will place this issue on the Needles City Council agenda.
Saint Vincent de Paul help both the homeless and those in our community who are in need and trying to live from pay check to pay check. Caring and helpful Saint Vincent de Paul volunteers provides food, clothing, and other helpful services including helping with transportation on Amtrak, but all that is done from donations and sales at the Saint Vincent de Paul Thrift Store located at 839 Front Street between E Street and F Street in Downtown Needles, California.
Last Wednesday and Thursday, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was at St. Ann Catholic Church as caring and helpful volunteers pass out paper bag lunches which is blocks away southeast of Santa Fe Park as wrongfully was blamed and according to a caring and helpful volunteer, they help both the homeless and members of the community who are in need.
On Monday, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was at Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California where caring and helpful volunteers from St. John Church were passing out paper bag lunches to those who were in need and are homeless.
Both St. John Church and St. Ann Catholic Church have met people who relay on these paper bag lunches to survive for that is there only food they can get. Many of those who come to receive a paper bag lunch are senior citizens and people who lost their job and are living from paycheck to paycheck.
No talks from the few who spoke and members of the Needles City Council that they would be willing to volunteer at those places that help the homeless and those in our community in need of assistant.
Nobody from the Needles Downtown Business Alliance or the Needles City Council was there volunteering those 2 days St. Ann Catholic Church were passing out paper bag lunches.
At both locations where the food was being passed out, nobody from the Needles City Council or the Needles Downtown Business Alliance were there to witness and help pass out paper bag lunches, but are welcome to come on by to see what they do for this community.
In the pass 4 years, the County of San Bernardino and San Bernardino County Department of Human Services has stopped by the City of Needles Offices and even came by to speak at a Needles City Council Meeting saying that if the City of Needles needs their help regarding the homeless problem that they are here to help.
Also in those pass 4 years, there has been deaths related to those who are homeless and sleeping out in the extreme cold or heat of the Mojave Desert as in one case where a women was found laying dead next to the front doors of the old Burke’s Outlet Store inside the Needles Towne Center located on the 1,000 block of East Broadway near Interstate 40 in Needles, California.
ZachNews offered those from the County of San Bernardino and San Bernardino County Department of Human Services a tour around Needles, California where the homeless often sleep and hang out, but nobody has ever taken that offer; the offer still stands.
As the Needles City Council Meeting ended, ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez asked members of the Needles City Council if they have asked of accepted help from the County of San Bernardino regarding the homeless issue and if the was any money to build a homeless shelter, but Needles City Council Member Linda Kidd, Jim Lopez, and Tony Frazier didn’t responded to ZachNews’ questions. Needles Vice Mayor Pat Murch did talk to ZachNews saying that the City of Needles doesn’t have enough money to build a homeless shelter but did nodded in agreement to the idea of donations to homeless shelter.
With Needles, California having little to no services to help the homeless as stated by Jan Paget, who is the wife of City of Needles Mayor Edward Paget, the homeless problem in Needles, California needs to be address and be solve with real and honest solutions that will help both the community and those who are homeless. Blaming and treating all who are homeless and in need like dog crap will not help the problem, but waste time that can be used to help solve the homeless problem.
If you would like to help the those in our community in need or those who are homeless, here are a few ways to help:
– Donations to help with building a homeless shelter
– Donate to local organizations and churches to building a homeless shelter.
– Contact the County of San Bernardino and tell them to help our community solve the problem of homelessness in Needles, California. You can contact the County of San Bernardino at: 1 (909) 387-2020 or 1 (888) 818-8988.
– As for dog crap at Santa Fe Park; unless you like stepping in dog crap, please pick up after your dog craps. Also, the City of Needles should work on placing dog crap bags at all their parks as like other larger communities have at their parks.
You can watch the full video of the Needles City Council discussing homeless people loitering at Santa Fe Park and the homeless in Needles, California at the ZachNews Channel on Veoh.
You can watch the full video when ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez asking questions to members of the Needles City Council at the ZachNews Channel on Veoh.