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Now Forced to Wear Dirty Underwear

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Shown below is your submission to NYC.gov on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 14:51:07

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NAME of FIELDS

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Message Type: Complaint
Topic: Other
Contact Info: Yes
M/M: Mr.
First Name: Scott
Middle Name: A
Last Name: Hutchins
Company: NAICA Bronx Park Ave
Street Address: 3339 Park Ave
Address Number: 104
City: Bronx
State: NY
Postal Code: 10456
Country: United States
Work Phone #:  
Email Address: scottandrewhutchins@yahoo.com
Message: After my complaint about the confiscations, one of the staff members bragged that the shelter is untouchable after getting a perfect 100 on the Callahan Inspection. My complaint today is once again about the laundry. Ms. Taylor would not budge on allowing people without work passes to do their laundry on a weekday, in spite of the fact that two of the four washers were broken all weekend, making it so half as many people could do their laundry in the alotted time. Everybody to whom Ive spoken thinks this is a really stupid policy. In what way is it ethical for a company making 3,500 a month off my presence to leave me the only choice of washing my underwear out in the sink (or spend 1/4 of my monthly income on laundry outside the facility)? As I see it, the primary purpose of the shelter is to keep a homeless person clean and presentable. NAICA is an abject failure at this and shows what a crock the Callahan Inspection truly is.

 

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You have a mast…

You have a master’s and live below the poverty line? There is something so wrong with our system…

Clearly intelligent, teetering on the edge of pretentious. You should not have to spend more money and time for a higher degree and more financial security.

I don’t have a point. I’m just annoyed seeing how smart you are, you should be earning more.

This was a random message to me from someone who read my dating profile on OKCupid.  There is intelligent life out there on the Internet.

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Maria Walles on Housing Subsidies

Maria Walles on Housing Subsidies

Maria is another of my allies at Picture the Homeless.  She doesn’t make me want to scream the way Ms. Henry often does.

The Shelter Owes Me a New Phone Charger

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Shown below is your submission to NYC.gov on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 10:30:44

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NAME of FIELDS

DATA

Message Type: Complaint
Topic: Other
Contact Info: Yes
M/M: Mr.
First Name: Scott
Middle Name: A
Last Name: Hutchins
Company: NAICA Bronx Park Ave
Street Address: 3339 Park Ave
Address Number: 104
City: Bronx
State: NY
Postal Code: 10456
Country: United States
Work Phone #:  
Email Address: scottandrewhutchins@yahoo.com
Message: This shelters confiscation policies have got to stop. I previously informed you that a security guard intentionally broke my umbrella when I was caught with prescription medication. I have still not been reimbursed. That they make me keep my electric razors at the front desk is a nuisance, and their confiscation of chargers is absolutely pointless, since theyve disabled the electrical sockets in the dorm rooms even though we both know they make 3500 per resident per month. Last night, I was caught with my charger in my bag, and the cord snapped as I was taking it out, trying to conceal my prescription medicine. The shelter should reimburse me for this as well, because it happened as the result of their bad policy. Every woman Ive spoken to who lives in a single or family shelter has told me this policy is beyond belief and not something that they have experienced. One said that every bed has an electrical socket that the resident is free to use

Robert Callahan Is Spinning in His Grave

Back in October, I wrote a blog post called “The Joke of the Callahan Inspection” to which I refer you if you do not know what it is, and thus keep this entry short, since I’m on a public library computer with a countdown timer.  The inspection is today, and probably completed as I type this.

In the weeks leading up to the inspection, there has been a lot of repainting on the walls.  Towers of mattresses were in the halls over the past two days.  When I was moved from the second floor to the first floor after my complaints about the elevator and the two of four closed restrooms, the bed I got was crushed, and not pain-inducing like the previous one.  Yesterday, they replaced my new mattress.  The door of the dorm was wide open, and I let off some rants about how they gave the tallest guy in the room the shortest mattress, one significantly shorter than the bed frame.  I was the only one in the room, so it wasn’t directed at any person in particular, but I’m sure that they heard me.  I was much more polite when I went up to the maintenance guy and asked him why I was given so short a mattress, and Ms. Jackson made sure that he gave me a longer one.

They wanted us to shower in the evening, but I came home late enough that I didn’t shower.  To discourage us from showering in the morning, not only were all the dorm rooms opened, with Ms. Jackson going about freely in them, but one of the restrooms on the floor was closed, and it was announced that the water would be cut off completely at 7 AM.

When I was going for my usual shave on the toilet bit so that I can a) sit and b) multitask to save time, all the available stalls had either urine on the seat and/or no toilet paper.  I was raising hell and they threatened to have me removed from the building for the rest of the day before I was ready to leave.  They sent me to use the restrooms in the basement (which lack showers and are each bigger than my former living room, with vast empty space, in an obscene display of wealth), all of which were also lacking toilet paper.

At the time of the Callahan inspection, the shelter eschews any pretense of being about helping people and reveals its true purpose–to make money for the owners.  When I said this to the staff this morning, their anger was intense, which is all the more evidence that my assessment is true.  Had it been false, the likely response would have had more compassion than anger.

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Arvernetta Henry on the Necessity of Permanent Housing Subsidies

Arvernetta Henry on the Necessity of Permanent Housing Subsidies

Arvernetta Henry is one of my allies at Picture the Homeless.  We don’t necessarily see eye to eye, since she seems to think starting one’s own business from the shelter is something I should be doing (while exempting herself as a retiree), but her points here are most certainly valid

“Why Should I Respect a Homeless Person’s Time?”

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Shown below is your submission to NYC.gov on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 12:05:50

This form resides at http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/maildhs.html


NAME of FIELDS

DATA

Message Type: Complaint
Topic: Other
Contact Info: Yes
M/M: Mr.
First Name: Scott
Middle Name: A
Last Name: Hutchins
Company: NAICA
Street Address: 3339 Park Ave
Address Number: 104
City: Bronx
State: NY
Postal Code: 10456
Country: United States
Work Phone #:  
Email Address: scottandrewhutchins@yahoo.com
Message: My case manager, Ivette Carasquillo, consistently makes me wait anywhere from a half hour to an hour from the time of my appointment to seeing her. Once, she even took her lunch break at the time she scheduled for my ILP review and left me waiting. On Wednesday, April 2, I went to Albany to lobby for Assembly bill A7119A, which caused me to miss my ILP appointment for the first time. When I saw Ms. Caqasquillo Friday morning, not only did she make me wait 2 1/2 hours, causing me to be very late for another appointment, which the guard informed her that I had, but she gave me a written infraction for missing Wednesdays appointment. This is an extreme double standard, and she herself needs to receive a written infraction. She is essentially saying, I dont have to respect your time, but if you dont respect my time, I get to punish you. This is extremely unethical behavior and needs to stop.
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