Homeless and sick - not easy to intervene with help

Submitted by Jeff Buster on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 21:08.

Recently, when I was in New York City, the most impressive experience I had was riding on the subway with a very ill fellow.   His right leg was wrapped in a black plastic garbage bag, his pant leg above the bag appeared wet with blood and body fluid, and he was rocking back and forth in the fetal crouch position without looking up.    The garbage bag "shoe" was leaking and the linoleum floor was moist...

These were the visual impressions.

However, the olfactory impressions were much stronger.   

There is no polite way to say it - about the strongest fetid stench I have experienced made the end of the subway car unbearable to occupy....people were holding their noses and leaving the car at  each platform.

Except not everybody left the car.    

I think people were overpowered nasally and emotionally...the only person that actually did anything was a gay man who got up from the seat next to me, getting out a 10 dollar bill from his wallet, went over to the sick fellow, and pushed the bill gently into the fellow's hand.

I spoke with the 10 dollar man when he came back and sat down next to me...I told him I admired his action...and we got into a discussion about homeless and sick riders on the subway - 

Could the transit police or some other service get the sick person off the subway and to a hospital?  What if the fellow didn't want to get off?   Was the smell a reason to remove the person?   How cruel to take a guy out of a public place because he is so sick and his flesh is rotting and smelling.

When I got off the subway it was just after dusk and I could see the new Freedom Tower being topped out at 1776 feet high.

I thought - "Man builds a structure way up into the sky - no problem - but we can't figure out how to pragmatically and humanely help a sick fellow human - get him from a bench on the subway to medical and emotional and financial help....this very seriously ill fellow was rotting away before my eyes...I wrote down the subway car's four digit number...who would I provide the number too?"

We are all so weak.   It took me months just to get up the strength to write about the experience - definitely the most powerful and memorable experience of my visit to New York City.

Post Script:   It is not a rare occurrance to have one end of a subway car emptied out because of a sick and odorious passenger.    Before I got into the car in the image above, I was standing on the platform and speaking with a young fellow who was traveling with his dog.     As soon as the train car pulled up and stopped in front of us, the dog owner looked into the car, said to me "don't get in it sme...(garbled so I didn't understand)", and walked down the platform to another car.    As soon as I got in and was hit hard with the foul air I understood fully what the dog fellow had said.   I then decided to take the experience head on...and I would do so again..but I haven't provided a bit of help or improvement...it is emotionally challenging to engage this experience and physically difficult to even be in such an evironment...like war...

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very sad story

and very touching.....


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Bird Man Tommy.....

.....there are people that live amidst squalor infested homes in America who don't realize their feet are rotting off from neuropathy ignited by the diabetes that runs through their veins..........



HELP ME: It's such a humiliating request....for too many....too many proud Americans find themselves in a war in their minds.......revolting against the world; dying inside out.....rejecting help, unable to ask, unable to recover...and they need INTERVENTION....They need unconditional humanity....and they need fearless folks to feel their pain and see and smell past the rot in order to help them to the next point... 


This type of status is definitely not a single incident...........sad; but true. 



Bird man Tommy had pigeon coups in his backyard............as a kid; he stunk and was a digusting mobile millionaire; but he wanted not for clean clothes and household...he was happy in his own hellish world that most could not comprehend...............

Who is to judge? Who is to help? Who is to say what is right for them? 

Praying for them all. 




Always Appreciative, "ANGELnWard14"

Cuyahoga County's disaster HHS

  Sent today 3/15/2019 to Clevelanddotcom and reporters outside OH:

Since you are outside Cleveland, I am hoping you might expose the situation with Housing First fraud, no doubt occurring at a national level, but probably honed to an insane degree here in corrupt CLE-CUY.
In Northeast Ohio - local government has created a nightmare intake system that guarantees forever bodies to fill the projects funded by Low Income Tax Credits to build "Permanent Supportive Housing" for the homeless.  I haven't explored  the
ADAMHSCC part of this equation - but I think it warrants research.



This system guarantees a LOT of money to developers, CDCs, architecture firms and contractors and, of course, to CHN-Eden.  Please see my attached post from REALNEO.us.
I know individuals who currently work at the Emerald Alliance facilities in Cleveland. On a daily basis, I interact with PSH inmates, many who are young, drugged and/or mentally ill and living at the South Pointe facility adjacent to Metrohealth. These are primarily young, black men who have no place to go after they are released from detention or prison. Eden fast tracks these "children" by funneling them through the men's homeless center (this happens w/women, too) while expediting their SSI and Section 8 paper work to pay for their PSH "housing." 
This allows CHN-Eden (and now Front Steps) to place them in PSH.  When they get their unit in South Pointe or any one of the PSH holding facilities - they may come and go.  They may drink, smoke and continue to buy/sell drugs. The facilities have on-site services by Front Line, but their participation is voluntary. The residents of these units basically become wards of the state for LIFE.
It is also sickening that Ohio Housing Finance Agency has NOW funded -three of these facilities along W 25 St. : Front Steps (next to a daycare), Southpointe (next to Metrohealth) and the proposed CHN-Eden Emerald Alliance XI (which is too close to two K-8 schools and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo).  All of these facilities are concentrated within a three mile radius.
I know that there needs to be drug treatment and facilities for the mentally ill and there needs to be re-entry services in Cuyahoga County, but this Housing First model IS NOT WORKING.  I have personally helped families overcome homeless situations - through Laura's Home Women's Crisis Center and Lia House K.I.S.S. Foundation – Therapeutic Community for Men | Cleveland, OH 

The model has to change from warehousing these individuals for LIFE w/o help- to instead - FREE transitional housing with treatment, recovery and a reentry program. 



Jeff, it is very sad that in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County - these individuals are seen as a cash value - and not provided real medical treatment and counseling.  The system just exploits the mentally ill and "homeless." 

 Yesterday, I  had A LONG talk with a Front Steps representative about how folks must cycle through homeless shelter before getting tracked to EDEN-CHN Emerald Alliance...

Transitional housing would put people on a course towards self-reliance and self-sufficiency, but that is not the goal of "Housing First" which seeks to milk every dollars out of homeless individuals.

 Sisters of St Joseph were strong-armed to partner with EDEN... https://www.frontstepsservices.org/our-history (archived this at WAYBACK machine)

Front Steps was started by a religious order as transitional housing for women only, but now they are forced to join the EDEN PSH model.


EDEN is a racket - as has been documented extensively by REALNEO reporter - Mabeldog- Cleveland Housing Network is out as their preferred partner on these applications - Front Steps is in.



NOTE: Front Steps owns their building - the former Travel Lite Motel on W. 25th St in Ohio City.  Front Steps will lease the new building to be constructed -

1545 West 25th Street
Cleveland Ohio, 44113-3158

Primary Owner
Womens West Housing Corp
Property Address
1545 W 25 St Cleveland,OH 44113
Tax Mailing Address
Women's West Housing 1545 W 25th St Cleveland, OH 44113-3158
Legal Description
70 BARBERS&L&J S/L2- 5ALL & 19 NP & PT VAC W 23 ST
Property Class
Parcel Number

Joe Cimperman and Kerry McCormack under guise of Ohio City CDO with Tom McNair -have been working to move the Front Steps organization AWAY from Ohio City to get their hands on this valuable real estate.  Front Steps will be constructing a NEW building - across from LJ Minor/Nestle and out of Ohio City - into the Tremont/Clark Metro area.

Project Name:
St. Joseph's Commons
Housing Tax Credits:
OHFA Tracking Number:
Project Address:
2554 West 25th Street
City, County:
Cleveland, Cuyahoga
HDAP Source:
2017 HOME
Project Type:
New Construction
HDAP Type:
Cash Flow Loan
Scattered Site:
Population Served:
To be considered March 2019
Building Type:
Multifamily Four-Story
Opportunity Rate:
Housing Development Loan:
HDL Term:
10 Years
HDL Rate:
HDL Collateral:
Qualified Cognovit Investor Notes
Project Summary
Project Information
OHFA Funding Programs
Project Description
Project Rendering
February 20, 2019
St.Joseph's Commons is a housing tax credit supportive housing development that involves the new construction of a four-story, 68 unit building located in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County.
Eighteen units will be affordable to households at 30% AMGI,23 units will be affordable to households at 50% AMGI,and 27 units will be affordable to households at 60% AMGI. Sixty units will have rental subsidy. The additional eight units are expected to have subsidyfinalized before being placed in service.
The project was evaluated as part of the Service EnrichedHousing Pool. It was selected for its first priority designation by the Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Continuum of Care. St.Joseph's Commons will be located less than one mile from Lutheran Hospital-Cleveland Clinic and Rite Aid Pharmacy.
Front Steps Housing and Services, Inc. will provide services for residents. These services will include mental health counseling, case management, behavioral health counseling,job training and job search assistance. (From what I can determine - this means that the mental health services will NOT be provided by Front Line -which has been found dysfunctional https://www.communitysolutions.com/norma-herr-shelter-gets-new-operator-cuyahoga-county-hhsa-meeting/ )