Cold and Counted
The point-in-time homeless census is a joke to everyone who works in homeless services.
Published: November 20, 2013
My Back Pages
The column “How’s it Goin’?” is placed way too far back in the paper. It was only thanks to a telepathic message it sent me (I don’t believe in God or the devil, but I do believe in mental telepathy!) that I turned the 10 pages of ads beyond “Savage Love” to find it with my own photo and interview (Nov. 6). Because of its placement, I’m guessing many City Paper readers may not know it even exists. Noah Scialom, the author of “How’s It Goin’?,” is doing good work. Please bring his column more into the light of day!
Herman M. Heyn
Cold and Counted
Thanks for the highlight on the homelessness in the city (“Gimme Shelter,” Feature, Nov. 13), especially now that it’s getting cold. Your article should provide serious clarification for the uninitiated in Baltimore.
Unfortunately, the point-in-time homeless census is a joke to everyone who works in homeless services—a point awesomely divulged in City Paper’s earlier article “Down for the Undercount” (Mobtown Beat, Oct. 2), which was cited in this week’s feature. I would refrain therefore from making any judgments on the Journey Home’s website (or referring to anyone in Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s employ as “the boss”).
Correction : The name of the man who was shot to death on Frankford Avenue on Nov. 10 was David Henry Porter, not Parker, as originally reported by police and repeated in Murder Ink (Nov. 13). Also, the date of Henry Porter’s murder was Saturday, Nov. 9, not the 10th. City Paper regrets the errors.