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(above) A homeless village in the United States. Both commercial and government welfare builders are heading in the direction of building tiny houses and flats in Adelaide. This is pressured by the increasing numbers of one-person households and the diminishing wealth of Australia due to loss of industry. (Adelaide Homeless Journal March 2021).
(above) Thirty or forty people routinely apply to rent a single ramshackle Adelaide house for $400 a week while these good Anglicare retirement units that don't require renovations have remained empty for months, even years. Image captured last week at night. (Adelaide Homeless Journal February 2021).
Coming Soon: Housing Trust going like a rocket on house being watched by Adelaide Homeless Journal; Bronx tries to sell 25amp power back on Channel 6, but doesn't want money; On the Street (Sunday); CEO Richard "Call me Ritchie" Hollands with no staff can't figure out what to do at Don Dunstan Foundation (why rent the expensive office space?); Chinese gambling addict woman gets white boyfriend to sell his house; Appleton Institute; GutterVac; Ian Cox (The Maestro) joyfully misses Round Table meeting; Cambodian Jenny tells church staff to turn off "brain-bashing" religious music at free meal; Will Neami National and Adelaide Zero Project be late with homeless statistics again this month?; Drug junkies and dealer congregate outside Megaphone Man's unit (photos); Counting the months: Free hairdresser review; Reader photographs welcome on Adelaide Homeless Journal; Your experiences of homeless life are welcome: we publish nearly anything except dirty talk; Wanted: scans of case management agreements.
Megaphone Man loses Round 5
The continuing dispute between Megaphone Man and local druggies including Julie Mann, Sue Koumidis and the dealer from the shooting-up room continues. Somehow, the cunning drug junkies have engineered a dispute between Megaphone Man and his two shared-wall neighbours who bought their unit from the Housing Trust.
Megaphone Man side-swiped the car of the woman neighbour leaving a streak along its side. He said it had been blocking his entry from the Housing Trust carpark into a parking area next to his unit.
Megaphone Man has a heart condition and gained permission from the local Council to cross Council land to reach his Housing Trust unit despite HousingSA not wanting him to do this. Megaphone Man’s reason for parking next to his unit was that a druggie neighbour named Julie Mann had repeatedly smashed his car’s windows and stolen anything inside. She’s faced repeated police charges in the Port Adelaide Magistrates’ Court over this.
Anyway, the two unit owners confronted Megaphone Man at his front door allegedly shouting, “Come out you weak bastard,” and “You’re going to pay for this,” and “We got you on something, now.”
Megaphone Man rushed from his unit in a ferocious rage that put the fear of death into his two shared-wall neighbours. He ran back and forth across his front yard throwing his massive weight against their fence that appeared about to collapse. This was the expensive fence they’d built around their unit to keep out the local drug dealers and Semaphore Park lunatics.
After they retreated, he hung his megaphone over the high fence and shouted loudly enough that Michelle, a Salvation Army employee, could hear the racket at her house in the next street.
That was when Megaphone Man was tackled in something similar to a “coward’s punch” by the adult son of a local Ice dealer. Megaphone Man suffered a bruised jaw and a bleeding eye socket from the surprise attack. Someone called the police, but instead of arresting both of them, they determined Megaphone Man was the culprit and took him to the Port Adelaide police station.
Police released Megaphone Man at 3:00am. They issued an intervention order and bail conditions after charging him with damaging the fence. They put him on a night curfew from 10:00pm to 7:00am. The police can do that. This was later reduced from 11:00pm to 5:00am. They confiscated his megaphone and hockey stick.
Later the next day, six local drug junkies milled outside his fence and provided hours of legal surveillance video. They appeared confused, but like typical druggies their eyes were trained to watch every detail of their surroundings. This is crucial for quickly spotting buyers and suppliers to make quick transactions before the police arrive. The live view is legally viewable anywhere in the world by anyone given the password by Megaphone Man.
Megaphone Man finds it an irony that one of his immediate neighbours works in an industry helping disabled people yet she finds herself allied with Ice and dope dealers against himself who doesn’t touch drugs.
“I know I’ve been set up,” he recently said after realising that the drug junkies had been pretending they were against his fiancé to get him to react. And he’d fallen for it. And his shared-wall neighbours had fallen for it.
His counter-measure has been to lodge a complaint of trespass against his shared-wall neighbours. He says he won’t pay for car repairs as the streak requires little more than a wipe from a damp rag. He will declare bankruptcy rather than pay for it.
His doctor says the blood will clear from his eyes and the soreness in his jaw will recede after being knocked around by the dealer’s son. But after ten days it hasn’t cleared.
As to his behaviour he doesn’t shy away from responsibility and says, “I felt ashamed of myself to begin with and then I thought to myself, no, I meant it. Why would I do something if I didn’t mean to do it. They were on their knees, begging me to stop it.” And when the other man knocked Megaphone Man down from a coward’s punch, the shared-wall neighbours didn’t appear to welcome his contribution despite them “all working in cahoots together.”
As to the neighbourhood, “From the moment the sun comes up in the morning to when the sun goes down at night there is literally no movement. People go through the back doors of their house or over their fence, anywhere else, but past my house.”
Meanwhile, the Housing Trust has investigated getting an eviction order in the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT). They want Megaphone Man out. The shared-wall neighbours have also gone to the police and Housing Trust in attempts to have him evicted.
But Megaphone Man has an ace up his sleeve. He was recently accepted as a National Disability Insurance Scheme (N.D.I.S.) client making it difficult for him to be evicted. How do you make homeless a man with a life-threatening heart complaint that’s required three-hundred Emergency Department visits to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital over the past ten years? These include alligator clips sent up arteries to grab a chunk of his heart tissue for analysis. And often monthly stints as an in-patient on blood thinners to dissolve clots.
This means the Housing Trust has been forced to seek an alternative means of dislodging Megaphone Man who has discovered a tenancy advocacy service more powerful than the T.I.A.S. or its silly government-funded replacement, RentRightSA, operated by that crooked outfit called SYC -HYPA.
This new group is called Intensive Tenancy Services (ITS). It is embedded in various government funded agencies and the Housing Trust. Not strangely, the Housing Trust didn’t advise Megaphone Man of its existence inside the Housing Trust as it didn’t initially want him to use it since they were trying to evict him.
Intensive Tenancy Services (ITS) are available via Homeless Connect (formerly the Homeless Gateway) across St Vincent Street from the Port Adelaide Housing Trust. They help tenants maintain their tenancies in extreme circumstances.
So, ITS, the Housing Trust and Megaphone Man’s various social workers and doctors have formed a committee to discuss options for his transfer to other accommodation. Of course, they could have bypassed all this by offering him an unattached Housing Trust property in another suburb.
And Megaphone Man has made it clear to his team that if they aren’t on board 100%, then get off. And it's true, Megaphone Man lost Round 5, but he's coming out looking good in Round 6.
The story continues…
Early 5 March 2021
(above) Empty Anglicare retirement units at Elizabeth. Some empty for years. Just one vulnerable permanent 70-year-old tenant left. The chair on the right was used by intruders who forced open the window above. They may be inside at this moment or not. Anglicare holy executives indifferent. That's called the social divide. (Adelaide Homeless Journal February 2021).
ShelterSA membership list
From their published 2020 Annual Report
Extra comments added by Adelaide Homeless Journal
Individual members: Tom Earls, Rob Edwards, Joanne Fox, Michael George, Lyn Guerin, Ashley Hill, Jill Kaye, Patricia Kerwood, David Kilner, Melissa Klenke, Jane Abbey, Paul Astley, Andris Banders, Mel Blondell, Re Brice, Kathryn Browne-Yung, Julie Conway, Andrew Davis, Andrew “The Derro” Derrington (Young Turk of the 1970’s), Karen Diesing, Marlene Littlewood, Clare MacAdam, Alexander North, Mark Parnell, Meredith Perry, Christopher Powell, Raymond Radice, David Scougall, John Smith, Jayne "Chewy" Wrigley.
Organisational members: Access 2 Place, Adelaide Day Centre, Anglicare SA & Anglicare Housing Association, Baptist Care SA, Carrington Cottages (Crazy Cottage), Catherine House (recently taken over by Housing Choices of Victoria), Centacare Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning, DVINA Housing Choices, Hutt St Centre, Junction Australia, Neami National (psychiatric police used against homeless), Relationships Australia SA (all whites are bad), Salvation Army - Ingle Farm (officers have weight problems), Salvation Army - Port Augusta, St John's Youth Service, SYC HYPA (executive knocked off the money and went to jail), Towards Independence, Uniting Communities, Uniting Country SA, Uniting SA & Portway Housing Association, Uniting Care Wesley Bowden, Westside Housing, Association Women's Legal Service (all men are bad).
Reciprocal members: Aboriginal Family Support Serivces (too cheap to pay for membership), Australian Migrant Resource Centre, Community Centres SA, Community Housing Council, SA Council of the Aging Grandparents for Grandchildren (who the hell are they?), Homelessness SA (don’t have an office and seem a subsidiary of ShelterSA), Landlords Association (spying on ShelterSA), SA Residential Parks Residents Association (pissweak), SANDAS Volunteering SA & NT (slave labour), YACSA, SACOSS.
4 March 2021
(above) Being poisoned is an occupational hazard in more ways than one while being homeless. it may be poison food from homeless services, polluted water from anywhere or herbicides and pesticides on the ground. The Anglicare Food Barn at Elizabeth served boiled vegetables and salads made from slimy vegetables. You could taste and smell the stench. (Adelaide Homeless Journal February 2021).
Watching how long a good Housing Trust house stays empty