The federal court referred to this as illegal search and seizure
During oral argument on April 25, 2008, Judge Oliver W. Wanger of U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of
California declared that “the practice of announce, strike, seize [and] destroy immediately is against the law. - ACLU ” Kincaid v. Fresno
A U.S. district judge gave preliminary approval June 6 to a $2.35 million class-action settlement between a class of
hundreds of homeless Fresno residents and the City of Fresno and the California Department of Transportation. The City of
Fresno will require authorities to post written notice at least three days before clearing any personal property from an
encampment area, and items of apparent value will be stored for 90 days.
Additionally, other forthcoming lawsuits may be possible
Could beautiful Fort Worth do the same?
One Fort Worth government official says NO!
Fort Worth will give multiple notices before removing personal
belongings. Items are removed and held in a secure facility...for a period of time after they are removed so that someone can
come and claim their belongings. This is so that homeless people may sidestep the trauma of losing their few possessions.
The HMIS (Homeless Management Information Service) counts homeless people one night in January. Michael Stoops, acting
executive director of NCH (National Coalition for the Homeless), in an article entitled, "The Counting is Done; Let the
Housing Begin", says “It's okay to count homeless people. But we need to make sure that we're working at housing homeless
people and not just gathering statistics."
Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief visiting the Presbyterian Night Shelter
He is seen here shaking hands with Sergio Gonzalez.
see article in Dallas Weekly
For many years at her house on Leuda Street, Ara Edwards supplied rooms for hundreds of Fort Worth residents who otherwise
would have been homeless.
The house burned to the ground,
June 23, 2003
Big Brother for Homeless People
After the Tarrant County Department of Health performs a TB test, the client is then issued a card such as the one on
the left. There is no photo on it. Other agencies require the TB card before they issue their proprietary photo ID - scan
Message To Homeless People
Have one of these TB-Scan Cards or:
- 1. You don't eat
- 2. You don't drink from a drinking fountain
- 3. You don't use the restroom
- 4. You don't spend the night inside a Fort Worth homeless shelter.
Those shelters include:
The Salvation Army; The Union Gospel Mission; The YMCA or the
YWCA; The Presbyterian Night Shelter; The Day Resource Center
The Tarrant County Department of Health issued cards such as this one a few years ago
The Health Department did the testing and took the photos
The card was supposed to be used exclusively by the health department, but the shelters began to require their
Now ALL shelters require the TB cards before they issue their own propietary card.
"The Times They Are A-Changin' " - Bob Dylan
"The [TB] screening is done to protect others from becoming infected with tuberculosis. If a person wants to access services
at one of the homeless shelters they have the opportunity at no cost to be screened for tuberculosis each month. If someone
is new to the area temporary passes are available that will cover them till the next screening date." Gerry Drewer - Tarrant Count Health
"Shelter employees acknowledge that some homeless people may skip services because they don't want to get scan cards because
of criminal pasts, paranoia or other reasons. But they say they hope to continue to provide services to the homeless
Eileen Chooi (pronounced Choy) does not have and refuses to get a TB Scan Card
Eileen Chooi has been homeless for many years and there seems to be no end in sight to her plight.
Because of her refusal to obtain a scan card, the people who run The Salvation Army on E Lancaster St. have not only denied
Eileen precious resources, but have additionally used the police to harass her off the property.
Eileen has been associated with the Salvation Army longer than almost anyone who is currently employed by that organization.
Believing that The Salvation Army is a church, (technically it is) Eileen loves The Salvation Army with all of her heart and
that it is God's will for her to stay there.
Eileen also believes that the people who are running the E. Lancaster Fort Worth Salvation Army are not doing God's will when
they demand that she get a TB-ID-scan card.
She suffers greatly because of this decision and whether she is right or wrong she still needs food, water, and restroom
Although she feels outcast and criminalized, Eileen has never been a criminal. Neither has she ever used drugs, alcohol,
cigarettes, or hurt another human being.
Whether or not Eileen's decision is the right one, subjecting her to the inhumane treatment she has been receiving doesn't
seem reasonable. Perhaps a PLAN B needs to be put in place to protect her and others who don't see the same picture as do
those who are in control.
If the health department in alliance with the shelters could develop a Plan B
more equitable solution might be put into place and Eileen's nightmare might end.
A TB-ID Scan Card Is Required At The Day Resource Center
The Day Resource Center
During the day, when it's open, The Day Resource Center is probably the single most important homeless person's resource, but
no card; no service.
It is usually opened from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
When it's closed, many homeless people get stuck out in bad weather.
The Day Resource Center does not serve food.
The Day Resource Center has a lot of photos on its website
The Land of Plenty
The Land of Plenty for some, but not for all.
Outside the Window
Same old story. Outside looking in. Disenfranchised
Homeless Man Sleeping On Sidewalk
This really happens in America!
A familiar sight - Why can't people with obvious difficulties simply breeze through
the system and get their deserved benefits? One reason is that the paperwork is so incredibly complicated. Check a Social
Security or a HUD website OR go to A Home With Hope
or even better Continuum Of Care
Future president Barrack Obama will seek to simplify the paperwork
He (Obama) says, "Too often, faith-based groups – especially smaller congregations and those that aren’t well connected
– don’t know how to apply for federal dollars, or how to navigate a government website to see what grants are available, or
how to comply with federal laws and regulations. We rely too much on conferences in Washington, instead of getting technical
assistance to the people who need it on the ground. What this means is that what’s stopping many faith-based groups from
helping struggling families is simply a lack of knowledge about how the system works."
"That will change when I’m President. I will empower the nonprofit religious and community groups that do
understand how this process works to train the thousands of groups that don’t. We’ll “train the trainers” by giving larger
faith-based partners like Catholic Charities
and Lutheran Charities
and secular nonprofits like Public/Private Ventures
the support they need to help other groups build and run
effective programs. Every house of worship that wants to run an effective program and that’s willing to abide by our
constitution – from the largest mega-churches and synagogues to the smallest store-front churches and mosques – can and will
have access to the information and support they need to run that program."
Obama on homelessness
The Presbyterian Night Shelter is
The Most Important Homeless Shelter in Tarrant County
A TB-ID Scan Card Is Required At The Presbyterian Night Shelter
The Presbyterian Night Shelter
Only dinner is served
no lunch or breakfast
Intake at the Presbyterian Night Shelter
Since 1984, the Presbyterian Night Shelter (PNS) in east Fort Worth has served the needs of Tarrant County's homeless. The
largest provider of services for the homeless, PNS is the only free area emergency shelter without length-of-stay
restrictions. Located in the shadows of downtown Fort Worth, the Shelter believes in respecting the dignity of its clients,
while supplying meals, beds, and basic human care to an average of 704 homeless men and women every night and approximately
5,000 annually. PNS also provides counseling and resources (proper identification, permanent housing, employment, financial
assistance, etc.) enabling clients to reenter mainstream society.
Riglea Presbyterian Church
Sometimes Riglea Presbyterian and other churches bring sandwiches to the Presbyterian Night Shelter for
st stephen presbyterian
Arlington Heights UMC
Holy Family Church
Homeless people love it when that happens.
The Brand New Mattresses At The Presbyterian Night Shelter
A TB-ID Card is required for admittance
Admission begins at 3 p.m. for people 55 and over.
The Presbyterian Night Shelter begins to serve dinner at about 4 p.m.
Admittance for under 55 begins at 5 p.m.
The Fort Worth Star Telegram has NOT been very understanding of the homeless
This article does, however, get to the point.
A TB-ID Scan Card Is Required At The Union Gospel Mission
NO CHAPEL ATTENDANCE - NO FOOD
The Union Gospel Mission
The sunlight streaming through the small colored-glass windows inside the chapel at the Union Gospel Mission make
interior very pretty indeed. The beautiful, colored sunlight moving across the walls creates such a delightful atmosphere
that time spent alone there in thoughtful contemplation or private religious reflection might provide beneficial results for
someone undergoing the stress of being homeless or experiencing debilitating poverty.
But that enjoyable and relaxing, stress-reducing, thoughtful contemplation or private religious experience, unfortunately,
has become, for some, a NEGATIVE experience; not likely the results the UGM leaders visualized.
Attendance at other chapels and churchs, mosques, temples, and synagogues is voluntary. Why, then, is chapel
attendance at the UGM chapel so different; so mandated?
Does forcing hungry, homeless people, who are currently experiencing the worst life has to offer and who have varying
religious backgrounds and affiliations, into a fundamentalist chapel expecting positive results, seem reasonable?
Is witholding food from hungry people, who for religious reasons cannot comply with the demands at the UGM, an answer for
Outraged Christians believe mandatory chapel attendance at The Union Gospel Mission is offensive proselytizing
IS MANDATORY CHAPEL ATTENANCE PROSELYTIZING? email the Homeless Observer homelessobserver
OBAMA DISAGREES WITH PROSELYTIZING
Barrack Obama says,"if you get a federal grant, you can’t use that grant money to PROSELYTIZE to the people you help and you
can’t discriminate against them – or against the people you hire – on the basis of their religion. Second, federal dollars
that go directly to churches, temples, and mosques can only be used on secular programs."
Whether or not the UGM directly receives federal grants, indirectly, the UGM receives plenty of money from the government.
Many of the long-term residents receive their monthly government checks there and even let the UGM directors cash those
checks right there on the grounds. It might be wise for the ceo and board of directors to re-examine the MANDATORY
requirement for chapel attendance.
Mandating chapel attendance, three times each day for all seven days of the week, before each and every meal served, amounts
to 21 church services every week; doesn't that seem like a lot of church?
More to come
The Bags Outside of the Day Resource Center
The Day Resource Center
Can you see the bags in the picture?.
They are next to the wooden fence.
There's even a shopping cart outside of the DRC.
It's loaded with
all the possessions somebody owns.
The possessions of homeless persons frequently disappear.
homeless people and their baggage are so unprotected, thieves love to steal their bags.
It's bad when thieves steal homeless peoples' possessions, but it seems even worse when
The establishment steals homeless peoples' possessions.
The Establishment in this case are all the missions and shelters.
You Must See
The Union Gospel Mission
PLEASE STOP BAGGING, TAGGING, AND DISCARDING OTHER PEOPLES' POSSESSIONS
All missions and day resource centers need to find alternatives to bagging, tagging and discarding people's clothing.
It's wrong, please stop it
Many of the people who actually pack somebody's personal possessions with the intention of either discarding or warehousing
them have a real field day. Rummaging through the unfortunate victim's belongings and confiscating (stealing) the valuable
personal items of others happens everyday in the shelters. It is nearly an acceptable part of their jobs.
Even worse: The more valuable confiscated items - the items not stolen by the workers - are trasported to one of
the discount stores for re-sale; the Union Gospel Mission Store in Haltom City or one of the four Salvation Army Thrift
stores in Tarrant County.
Cindy Crain and the good people of the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition
have noticed that homeless people are
over-burdened with bags and are attempting to do something about it.
At a recent meeting of the Tarrant County Homeless
finding a solution to the problem was the FIRST ITEM on an agenda designed to improve the lives of homeless
people. The TCHC (Tarrant County Housing Coalition), first and foremost is fighting to get homeless people housing. But in
the meantime, The TCHC examines anything that will improve the lives of homeless people.
E-mail Cindy Crain at a home with hope
More to come
Is The Salvation Army Really Doing The Most Good?
A TB-ID Scan Card Is Required At The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army
Three FREE meals are served daily at this Salvation Army at 1855 E Lancaster
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
12:30 p.m. Lunch
5:30 p.m. Dinner
Anyone with a TB-ID Card is welcome to come in and enjoy the FREE meal
Anyone is welcome to spend three nights per month rent free.
After that rent must be paid.
Sometimes The Salvation Army does do a lot of good.
Last winter when the Fire Marshall determined that the Presbyterian Night Shelter was over-crowded and ordered
The Presbyterian Night Shelter to reduce the number of guests, a great many of the displaced people moved into The Salvation
Army. The Salvation Army had to open up the chapel to accomodate the overflow - DEFINITELY GOOD!
This summer The Savation Army opened cooling stations
to relieve homeless
people from the awful heat - MUCH APPRECIATED!
The First Street Mission does NOT Require A TB-ID Scan Card
Almost Any Photo Identification Is Acceptable
Why don't they call it, "The First Street United Methodist Church Mission?
Maybe it's because the main church is on Fifth Street.
The First Street Methodist Mission
How do they do it?
the First United Church somehow manages to get food to homeless people someway, somehow on a consistent basis.
E-mail director Rev. Page Hines
The sack lunches the Methodist mission passes out twice per week are famous.
The clothing give-a-way complements any poor person's wardrobe.
Sack Lunches: Monday & Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Grocery Services: Wednesday & Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Clothing/Hygiene Kits for the homeless: Monday & Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Clothing for low-income families/individuals: Wednesday & Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Infant Formula: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
One week in December The First United Methodist Church has its-famous-to-homeless-person's Christmas Chili Bowl
lunches which are simply Delicious!
First UMC Mission
A new program room in the inn
E-mail director Rev. Page Hines
At The First United Methodist Mission Almost Any Photo Identification Is Acceptable
The Methodist Mission will use almost any photo identification to make their own
in-house Methodist Mission Identification
TB testing is NOT a requirement
RETURN TO TOP
The First United Methodist Church
This church feeds and clothes poor people - no kidding
The single dollars the members put into the collection plate Sunday morning are directly spent on poor people.
This church is simply gorgeous and guaranteed to lift anyone's spirits; a must see.
The church is large enough and has enough corridors that it's possible to get lost, which, of course, adds to the
The interior woodwork is spectacular making it a pleasant break from the surrounding concrete viewable everywhere
else in the city.
The mayor of our beautiful Fort Worth city, the honorable Mike Moncrief, has been seen sitting front and center
inside of the main sanctuary.
It is rumored that he is actually a member.
The First United Methodist Church
email the Homeless Observer homelessobserver
At Broadway Baptist No Identification Is Ever
305 W. Broadway - 817 336-5761
Agape Meal Website
email Broadway Baptist Agape Meal Mission
Neighborhood Agape Meal
The Broadway Baptist church is extremely beautiful and very large, but what really makes this church outstanding is the Agape
Meal served every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. to poor people.
It is obvious that much time, energy and money is spent to make the Agape meal the wonderful Thursday evening event that it
is. While there is a very short, religious service before the meal, the speakers, usually Lady Billy, are so "laid-back" and
"unoffensive" that even non-believers don't seem to mind. The Lord's prayer, which is common to Protestants and Catholics
alike, is spoken in unison by the majority. Even non-believers, sensing the sincerity of those who make it all possible, seem
well able to tolerate the service very nicely.
After Lady Billy preaches for a couple of minutes and the prayer is spoken it's all about eating a meal that would
cost...well a whole lot of money, in a fancy restaurant.
At Broadway Baptist real table cloths and real china and silverware - not plastic forks and paper plates - are used to serve
their honored guests. Afterwards, patting their full stomaches, homeless and poor people brag about how they were treated
like kings and queens at Broadway Baptist.
Now-a-days, it may seem old-fashioned, but, conveniently, no identification of any kind is required.
email the Homeless Observer
At The Beautiful Feet Church No Identification Is Ever Required
The Beautiful Feet website
1709 E. Hattie,
All meals are served
Breakfast Sunday 8 a.m.   Lunch Mon.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m.
Medical help available
9:00 a.m. Mon-Sat
There is a sermon before every meal, but attendance is NOT Mandatory.
The Beautiful Feet Church
The Beautiful Feet website
The Beautiful Feet Church may not be as quite pretty as some ofthe other Fort Worth churches, but that may be because all
the money is spent trying to help poor people survive.
Walter Darland article
Walter Darland finally received a
walker. It's one of those new, fancy ones; the
kind that has a built in chair - perfect!