BY, FOR, AND ABOUT PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS
Issue 4 Nov - Dec2014
SocietysSicknessHomeless Stoners Myth Busted !
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DENVER HOMELESS OUT LOUD (DHOL) works with and for people who experience homelessness, to solve the issues that arise from the experience of homelessness. DHOL works to protect and advocate for dignity, rights and choices for people experiencing homelessness. To these ends, DHOL commits its efforts toward goals affi rmed and raised by homeless people. DHOL strives to combine the strengths of all involved to create ways of living in which everyone has a place they can call home. DHOL welcomes everyone to join them in this work. Working groups include tiny homes, homeless bill of rights, urban rest stops and of course...Get Loud. Everyone is welcome to DHOL meetings!Wednesdays at 4:45-7pm at American Friends Service Committee offi ce, 901 W 14th Avenue(Court House Square apartment building)We eat when we meet! www.denverhomelessoutloud.orgPhone: 720-940-5291
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Comics cont'd winter Solstice
I am the educator Urban rest stops
Coming In From the Cold
Resources cont'd Health
Finding solutions together
Tiny home working group We are waiting
The ongoing Criminalization of the homeless
Streets of Denver Since 2007 How God reveals himself
Symptoms of Society's Sickness W H O Cares?
Sin tax Christmas carols revisited
Nate's, we hardly knew ya Comics and Artwork
Homeless Stoners Myth Busted Get Loud Reader Survey
20 Art work
guest designers : pg.
6Get Loud TEAM :Artful DodgerDebbie BradyJim McClanahanJohn ClaybaughLysander RomeroNancy PetersWalkerasaurus
Argenis AlvarengaMaurice MaysQian LiuSean Northway
Organization Address Meals Served Days Served Times
esAgape Church 2501 California St
Lunch Saturday 11:30am-12:15pm
Capitol HeightsPresbyterian Church1100 Fillmore St
Lunch Saturday 8:30am-12:30pm
Cathedral of Immaculate Conception1530 Logan St (In Alley)
Breakfast MTWRF 8 am
Christs Body Ministries850 Lincoln St
10am / 8am12:30 - 3pm / 1-3pm
Church in the City 1580 Gaylord St
DinnerBreakfast / Sack Lunch
Denver Rescue MissionLawrence Shelter1130 Park Avenue West
6 amNoon7 pm
Father Woodys1101 W. 7th Ave
First Baptist Church1373 Grant St
Lunch Monday 11:45am - 12:15pm
Food Not BombsSunken Gardens Park 11th and Speer
Dinner Saturday 4pm
The Gathering Place women, trangendered1535 High St
8:30am11:30am / 3:15pm
His Love Fellowship910 Kalamath St
Dinner Thursday 6:15pm
Holy Ghost Catholic Church1900 California St
Sack Lunch MTWRFS 10am
Jesus Christ Our Church16th and Marion St
Mother of God Church475 Logan St
Sack Lunch MTWRF 11am
Open Door Ministries1530 Marion St 4:45 WorshipService Required
Dinner Sunday 4:45pm
Peoples Presbyterian Church 2780 York St
Lunch Monday 11am
Prax(us) 1660 Sherman St (ages 13-19)
Dinner Monday 6pm
St. Elizabeths (Auraria Campus)1060 St Francis Way
St. Francis Center2323 Curtis St
Dinner W&FExcept 3rd Wed
St. Pauls Lutheran Spaghetti Dinner1600 Grant St
Dinner Monday 1-5pm
St. Pauls United Methodist1615 Ogden St
Breakfast Sunday 7-9am
St. Peter and St. Mary126 West 2nd Ave
Dinner Tuesday 6pm
SAME Cafe2023 E. Colfax PAY WHAT YOU CAN OR VOLUNTEER
Lunch MTWRF 11am - 2pm
Senior Support Services846 E. 18th Ave (ages 55 and up)
7 - 9am11:30am - 12:30pm5:30 - 6:30pm
Sox Place 2017 Lawrence St(ages 1- early 30s)
Trinity Methodist1820 Broadway
Lunch WRF 11:45am - 12:30pm
Urban Peak Drop-In Center 2100 Stout Street (ages15-24)
Volunteers of America2877 Lawrence St
MTWR MTWR MTWRF/ Sunday
8:30am 11:30am3pm & 5pm1pm
Hunger Free Hotline 855.855.4626Meals List CONt'D
Meals Served Days Served Times
OUT ON THE STREETS, you hear a lot of home remedies for toothaches--everything from salt water to garlic to cloves to ice--you use what you can get your hands on. Go to a dentist? Good luck with that! The few dentists that treat folks without money or dental insurance--including the Stout Street Clinic, the Rescue Mission, the Denver Health clinics -- have long waiting lists and/or long lines you must stand in to be seen. So pass the garlic and suck it up...
And as for getting chompers to replace the ones that fell out because you couldnt afford dental care...you must be kidding!
But wait! Did you know that Colorado Medicaid now covers dental treatment for ADULTS? Yes indeed! Preventive care (like cleanings and x-rays) came on board in April, and a host of other procedures--including extractions, root canals, crowns, root planing, scaling, and even PARTIAL AND COMPLETE DENTURES--were added in July. Theres a $1,000 maximum benefi t per calendar year--but dentures dont count toward that limit! And neither do emergency room visits for dental procedures.
According to the 2003 Florida Dental Care Study, which followed the dental history of over 800 people for four years, people with incomes below the poverty line lost three times as many teeth during the study period as those with higher incomes. By adding dental care to Medicaid benefi ts
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Colorado is aiming to make the playing fi eld a bit more level. Its about time!
So fi rst of all, if you arent enrolled in Medicaid--go sign up!! You can do that in many places around town--at St Francis, the Stout Street Clinic, Father Woodys, The Gathering Place, Senior Support Services, or at the Denver Health enrollment offi ce at 723 Delaware Street. Or you can call the Denver Health Enrollment Specialists at 303-436-7892 for help with this.
Next you need to make an appointment with a dentist who accepts new Medicaid patients. Thats the tricky part, since many dentists do not. But more dentists should be signing up now that Medicaid has boosted the dental procedures reimbursement rates--which had been abysmally low.
How to fi nd a dentist who takes Medicaid? You can call 1-855-225-1729 (TTY 711) for referrals to dentists who accept Medicaid and to make an appointment. If you have access to a computer and a phone, you can also do a google search of Denver dentists who accept Medicaid--mine yielded pages of names. (Id give you my dentists number--shes awesome--but she might not appreciate the fl ood of calls, so sorry...).
Now heres a corny joke from my dad. What time should you go to the dentist? 2:30. (Tooth hurty...get it?)
SMILE :) MEDICAID IS HERE Need to see the judge? Miss a court date?
Did you know about Homeless Court?Homeless court? Really? Well yes!!
First Friday of every month at 1:30pmRoom 3G Lindsey-Flanigan Court House,520 W. Colfax Ave
- Currently be homeless - Have an open case, active warrant, or
case must be minor in nature and generally the result of being homeless
- You need a referral from an advocate (e.g. a case manager for housing)- Available 3 times in a calendar year- Ability to complete public service For more information contactDenvers Road Home(720) 944-2508
Know Your Rights!
Do you know how to protect your rights when you are detained by a police offi cer? At a recent Know Your Rights training in Curtis Park, Alex Landau encouraged everyone to be prepared to use the following key phrases:
1. Have I done something wrong? Never admit to anything.2. If not, Am I free to leave?3. I do not consent to this search. Say this loudly, clearly and repeatedly during any search of your person or belongings. This may not stop the search but will help protect your rights in court. Its illegal for police offi cers to search you without probable cause unless you give your consent.4. I choose to remain silent.5. Id like to speak to an attorney.
Self preservation is critical, says Landau. Do your best to be cooperative, even while protecting your rights.
In any encounter, get the offi cers names and badge numbers. They are required by law to give this information to you. Also get the names and contact information of any witnesses.
MEDICAID SIGN-UP FATHER WOODYS (1101 W 7th Ave)Fridays at 8:30amEL CENTRO HUMANITARIO (2260 California St) Wednesdays at 8:30amST FRANCIS (2323 Curtis St)Tuesdays at 4:30pm and Thursdays at 8amSENIOR SUPPORT SERVICES (846 E 18th Ave)Wednesdays at 8am
In these programs youll have access to a full array of services, including medical/dental/mental health care, meals, showers, laundry facilities, and education and employment assistance. Attention Homes also has a Street Outreach Team of folks you can talk to and get help from even before coming in for services. (Note: The facility is not wheelchair accessible.) The Bannock Youth Center, run by Volunteers of America, has two transitional rental assistance housing programs for people between ages 16 and 24: Youth Transitions and Housing For Young Mothers. (Fathers are also welcome.) Program participants are housed in apartments throughout the community. You need income, since youll pay up to 30% of your rent, with the program paying the rest. You can stay for up to 18 months, during which time youll attend school or work and get help achieving your housing and other goals. (Note: This program is currently full, and the waiting list is closed. Call 720-217-3884 to check on the status.)
YOUTH NEEDING A BREAK FROM A DIFFICULT FAMILY SITUATION CAN STAY FOR 24 HOURS. The Comitis Crisis Center, operated by Mile High Behavioral Health Care, provides the Homeless and Runaway Youth Shelter program for young people ages 12 through 17 at 2178 Victor Street in Aurora. The program has two parts. Safe Place provides a place where a youth needing a break from a diffi cult family situation can stay for 24 hours. You can call ahead or just walk in. Often a guest will transition from Safe Place to the Basic Care Programa 21-day program with family reunifi cation as the goal. To get into this program, call the 24-hour crisis line 303-341-9160. A phone assessment will be
In these programs youll have access to a full array of services, including medical/dental/mental health care, meals, showers, laundry facilities, and education and employment assistance. Attention Homes also has a Street Outreach Team of folks you can talk to and get help from even before coming in for services. (Note: The facility is not wheelchair accessible.)
BY NANCY PETERSBY NANCY PETERS
As someone in your teens or early 20s, maybe youve been sleeping outside and are thinking about fi nding a safe place indoors, especially now that cold weather has arrived. Where can you go and what can you expect there? Heres a rundown of some shelters, along with some other services you might want to check out. (Note: All places say they welcome LGBTQ individuals and, unless otherwise stated, are wheelchair accessible. All overnight shelters also state that they provide assistance to help young people transition to stable, secure housing situations that meet each persons needsincluding family reunifi cation if appropriate.) Attention Homes provides The Source Runaway and Homeless Youthemergency shelter program, which can accommodate up to 14 people ages 20 and under at 3080 Broadway Street in Boulder. Youre eligible whether youre living on the streets, couch surfi ng, needing some respite time from your family, or doubled up with other families. Call 303-447-1207any time to see if a bed is available. (You can also just show up.) If youre under 18, youll always get a bed, and usually adults will too, but when theyre full the 18-plus people will be put on a waiting list. Once youre a resident you can stay for 21 days. The shelter is open every day from 5pm to 8am. Attention Homes also operates a Drop-In Center for youth ages 24 and under thats open every afternoon from 12:30-5pm.
conducted--generally with the youths guardianto see if the person is appropriate for this program. Urban Peaks Overnight Shelter, located at 1630 S. Acoma Street, hosts up to 50 young people ages 15-20 who are experiencing homelessness. The shelter provides three meals a day and snacks, and offers recreational activities, counseling and referrals as needed. A medical clinic is open three times a week. Urban Peak also offers a housing program through which many guests end up moving into their own apartments. (Theres a long waiting list for these apartments.) To check on bed availability, call the 24-hour line 303-974-2908. Those 18 and over may occasionally experience a waiting list, but if youre under 18 theyll fi t you in.
...HANG OUT IN A SAFE AND FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT... Urban Peak also offers a Drop-in Center at 2100 Stout Street for young people ages 15-24 experiencing homelessness. You can get breakfast there Monday through Friday from 8-10am. Drop-in hours are from 10:30 to noon, and theres a BBQ every Tuesday from 4-5:30pm. Come here to get out of the elements, hang out in a safe and friendly environment, do your laundry, take a shower, use a locker, andespecially--fi nd a listenin...