Tuesday, February 23, 2010

What Can You Do?

When I was coming home from the gym, this is the sight that greeted me:

It's a guy sacked out in front of Real Change - on the sidewalk. Generally, people sleep in the doorway, so that's a little unusual. I'm just a little curious - since I've never seen this actually happen - what those who work at Real Change do when they come across somebody sleeping in their doorway. They're a homeless advocacy group, so they're probably nicer than most. And because of that advocacy, they draw in some who are more likely to spend the night in their doorway. So if they were somewhere else, there would probably be fewer people sleeping in that doorway. But all things being relative, Real Change is actually a good neighbor - especially when compared with the El Rey, which stands next door on the other side. Someday, I'll write at length about having an entire building of crazy people as next-door neighbors, but for now, let's just say that it can be challenging at times. There are myriad of quality-of-life issues that crop up all the time. But that's for another time.

Back to the original question: how does the Real Change staff react to people sleeping in their doorway? Most of those who sleep in the Rivoli's doorway are usually so messed up that they think they're sleeping in Real Change's doorway. If you should wake them up, they'll typically want to fight. I just leave them alone, step over them or whatnot, unless I can't get out the door because of them. Asking them to move seldom leads to good results. Does Real Change have a better approach? I merely curious.

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