(above) Despite its silly name, it has been getting better since Rachel the Chef took over. They say that diners must come from the local area, but this isn't enforced.
(above) The wild people who sleep outside the Adelaide bus station in Flinders Street live outside the box in more ways than one. They're icons of the homeless scene and an offshoot of veteran homeless man, Michael's shopping trolley gang. They're constantly tormented by authorities.
Jason Luther Curtis
Word on the street is that Jason killed Rose-Marie Sheahy by stomping on her head. Afterward, he exchanged shoes with another person to pass on the blame.
After he killed her, the others living in the BusinessSA carpark moved back into the parklands and to other places, but didn’t go to the police. Not at first, anyway.
But someone said something: maybe it was the shoe exchange. When the police visited Jason at a homeless joint, one officer said, “What have you been up to Jason,” who stood up and backed against a window.
Certain people were suddenly offered housing to get them out of the area. 31 August 2016
Master of Acquired Helplessness
Lisa McGrath struggled with her bad back while packing up the tables as I watched with the indifference of a science student tormenting rodents for research purposes.
After having done 16 Job Network rehabilitation courses and living in a Housing Trust unit, I’ve learnt that showing initiative is a threat to my well-being. After many years of suffering, I’ve reached the level of Master of Acquired Helplessness, which is a requirement of anyone living in welfare.
Later, I felt a deep shame for not helping Lisa. 31 August 2016
Wisdom from “The Face”
The Face won’t touch most of the food that is handed out at soup kitchens because it made him fat and sick. You now see him carrying a large bottle of water. 31 August 2016
Reduced dole payments
Piano Player Wayne told me nearly two weeks ago that Bill Shorten will back the federal government in limiting NewStart payments to six-months duration.
Wayne said that DSP payments will be slashed to dole levels, which will also drop. Late 29 August 2016
(above) It is a shame that Uniting Care Wesley Port Adelaide locked their fence to discourage homeless people from sleeping under the verandah. The organisation is in the homeless business, after all.
RelationshipsSA and the racist card
A poster in the Nunkuwarrin Yunti clinic in Wakefield Street advertises free food at RelationshipsSA, 191 Flinders Street, Adelaide on Fridays from 2:30pm to 4:30pm. A woman from RelationshipsSA suggested arriving at 2:00pm. She said no proof of being a client of Nunkuwarrin Yunti is required regardless of whether a person is Aboriginal or not.
Two white patients of Nunkuwarrin Yunti were scornful when I suggested they attend the free food event. One suspected that RelationshipsSA would pull out some technical racist card to exclude them. Something they couldn’t say on their free food poster because it would be illegal. 29 August 2016
Leo Vander Kraan’s funeral will be on Thursday 1 September at the Mawson Chapel at Centennial Park Cemetery at 760 Goodwood Rd, Pasadena.
Leo was unhappy and anxious about his life, but always maintained a friendly demeanour except when someone was “asking too many questions”. His benevolent presence will be missed.
Leo died on 12 August 2016. 29 August 2016
Rosanne Haggerty’s “Final Solution?
The Wisconsin court system in the United States uses an algorithm to sentence people found guilty of crimes. The judge enters the details of the convicted person into a computer, along with the results of a questionnaire the prisoner completed, and out pops a sentence based on the risk of the person reoffending.
However, the algorithm can get it wrong such as with seasoned criminal Vernon Prater whom the computer considered a low risk of reoffending, while another offender, Brisha Borden, was considered a high risk.
Prater had shoplifted while Borden with a friend had stolen a kids bicycle and scooter from a school, but abandoned them shortly after discovering they were too small to ride. Within two years, Prater, whom the algorithm considered a low risk, received an eight-year sentence for major theft while Borden, whom the algorithm considered a high risk, had not reoffended.
Welfare agencies in the United States also use an algorithm to determine how to intervene into the lives of homeless people. It is named the Vulnerability Index-Service Prioritisation Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT).
The Vulnerability Index part of the tool was developed by Community Solutions whose President is New York real estate salesperson Rosanne Haggerty. She was the Thinker-in-Residence on homelessness for the South Australian Government.
The VI-SPDAT part of the tool was developed by OrgCode Consulting and relies on Big Data because “our systems must know homeless individuals personally to identify the best ways to help them escape homelessness.” This requires access to data about the client from as many government departments and agencies, and government-funded charities as possible.
It also requires that the lowly case managers do the dirty work of coercing or tricking the clients into answering the most intimate questions for which the answers are entered into the algorithm. Those people that don’t submit are excluded from many homeless services no matter how desperate are their lives.
In South Australia, the principle key to accessing this level of personal privacy is the Case Manager at government-funded homeless charities, government medical clinics and departments. The lure of a food voucher or being put on a housing waiting list, or the threat of being sent away, are anticipated as being adequate to persuading desperate people to sign away their privacy rights.
The South Australian Attorney-General, John Rau, is introducing legislation into Parliament that will merge all state government databases, which will give Rosanne Haggerty’s tool even more access to personal information of South Australian citizens.
But the key feature of this algorithm tool is that the actual decision to choose whose lives will be intervened into is taken away from Adelaide welfare workers and put into the hands of two American technology companies. And it isn’t clear whether personal details of involuntary clients will be uploaded to Community Solutions and OrgCode’s data bases.
Nor is it clear where this tool fits into the Hutt Street Centre’s Social Bonds program championed by Ben Taylor and Ian Cox. This also includes intervening into the life of a homeless person who is spending too much time in hospital emergency rooms. With the Social Bonds program, any money saved from intervention is divided between the government and the participating charity, in this case the Hutt Street Centre.
Ms Haggerty and OrgCode’s tool is far more pervasive. It’s like the Wisconsin sentencing tool predicting a crime then putting the person in jail before it is committed. But in this case, it’s not a crime that is being predicted, but the risk of costing the government money in the future.
It may be an attractive tool for the Common Ground, Street-to-Home and the Hutt Street Centre.
More sinister is that OrgCode and Community Solutions have planned the use of the tool not simply for the most expensive clients, but for everyone seeking housing from the perspective of being homeless or at-risk-of-being-homeless, which includes nearly everyone in the underclass. This matches the doctrine spruiked by Greg Calder, the former manager of Street-to-Home, and Monsignor David Cappo when he was the Social Inclusion Commissioner.
The degree of intervention hasn’t been spelt out, but the cheapest method begins with two weeks involuntary incarceration in a mental ward. Upon admittance, the patient’s belongings are disposed of then he or she is dressed in track pants, a flannelette shirt and Chinese slippers. The Guardianship Board takes control of that person’s finances then gives 85% of his or her pension money to a Supported Residential Facility that serves meals supervised by a medication compliance officer. After a few savage examples of applying this intervention, others will comply with less resistance. 29 August 2016
Elizabeth Food Barn
Eighty-five-year-old Nick gave me an appraising gaze as I entered the warm air of “The Barn” from the cold wind outside. I’d told Old Nick that The Barn was no good, but he likes it.
We sat with Trish, Michael and another man who spent fifteen minutes telling us how he uses internet dating services to have unlimited girlfriends. He said that “word of mouth” meant he never had to “look for it”. He recounted some of his numerous sexual encounters while we ate the boiled rice, boiled chicken and boiled pumpkin meal. In a flourish of social engineering, The Barn hid the single salt shaker so I doused the food with salt-laden tomato sauce.
The internet sex man said he put fifty dollars on a bedside table and told the woman that he’d met ten minutes previously that if he wasn’t the best she’d ever had, then she could keep the money. After two hours, she refused to take it. This is what he claimed.
As we ate, a man with a milk crate over his head stood outside the building and peered at us through a window.
A sign on the wall said seconds were no longer available and if a person was still hungry they could eat bread and butter [margarine], which had run out, anyway, and fruit. Dessert has been discontinued. Staff wonder aloud why guest numbers have dropped.
A young couple with two kids awaited an interview to get regular access to the Food Bank store within the Elizabeth Anglicare Mission building. The washed out desperation and despair on their faces bothered me. Not a glimmer of hope.
Liam, the white security guard wasn’t there, but the atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. I had been initially blindsided by the boiled plain food thinking it was a Dickensian punishment camp, but now I realise it is English food. The English-style staff are kindly and in an English way treat each person as part of a family, whom they believe shouldn’t eat too much.
Walking back to the library, I saw two homeless men. Their clothing was dirty and ragged, and their faces red with sunburn and cold. They avoided eye contact and sat separately, gazing at the ground. Another homeless man was at the Food Barn, but he has friends and is in control of his life.
How their experience of human society differs from the majority, living in a land of plenty, but unable to find that most basic of human need: a safe place to sleep without being prodded and questioned. Anglicare Mission 91-93 Elizabeth Way, Elizabeth (near the shopping centre and police station) 11:30am to 1:00pm Monday to Friday Free lunch, No dessert, No takeaways, No Salt 28 August 2016
The Clever Man
The Clever Man got two cold meat pies from the Salvation Army during the week. He took them to the Pilgrim Coffee lounge and got them to microwave them and provide a bottle of sauce. He’s a lateral thinker.
The Clever Man lives in a concealed area of a carpark. Management knows he is there, but does’t cause any trouble. The Social Inclusion crowd could categorise him with some negative label, but essentially he is part of the structured unemployment of the workforce and a victim of the shortage of public housing. 28 August 2016
Life Church free food
Jamie in the green shirt apologised to Dora for yelling at her the previous Thursday. He has a big scar on his forehead as if someone belted him with an axe. Maybe that makes him short-fused, but he does an excellent job maintaining fairness in the distribution of the free food.
Dora served coffee again while Alma handed out the pastries, noodles and hommos. She asked if I had a family, meaning if so I could have extra.
Green vegetables were the dominant food today while a volunteer brought grapefruit from her mother’s tree.
One client ran a bakery at Noarlunga for 40 years and has retired two streets behind the church. A white woman breastfed her baby. A man and woman were from the Congo. The man knew about Leopold the Second from Belgium. I was disappointed that the man who rages about “smashing” people wasn’t there. He is actually a comedian performing for the Elizabeth area underclass.
And what a credit to the human spirit how this little group of people formed a therapeutic community without government funding while government agencies soak up huge amounts of taxpayers’ money without providing any identifiable return. Life Church at Munno Para 1 Karri Street, Munno Para (between Elizabeth and Gawler) Thursdays 11:00am - 12:00pm Saturdays 10:00am - 11:00am Health Care Card or a good story required Vegetables, bread, coffee and cake. Best to arrive before opening time. 28 August 2016
Leo has passed away. He usually sits at a table by himself near the back of Congress Hall on Saturday evenings. He is always polite, but speaks little.
The funeral service will be held by the Hutt Street Centre. 27 August 2016 Edit 28 August 2016
(above) Gone, gone, gone. The green tents in the parklands off Hutt Road reappeared ten days ago, but have again disappeared. What sense of dislocation must they feel.
StreetSmart’s funding model
Street Smart is a fundraising Trust founded by Adam Robinson who operates from a modest house in Camberwell, a suburb of Melbourne. This is Street Smart’s 13th year of operation.
StreetSmart gets its money from philanthropic donations, fundraising schemes and is moving into Crowd Funding.
In its last financial reporting period of 2014-2015 it had an income of $568,533 and spent $140,881 on salaries with another $40,000 on other expenses including liability insurance for its directors. This works out as just over 30% for administration, which includes building awareness of homeless issues. Its highest paid employee gets about $35 an hour. Its net assets are $57,786.
During 2014-2015, StreetSmart gave away $422,566 in cash grants to small organisations helping homeless people. However, it is difficult to see the figures for the actual groups and their level of funding for that financial year because the StreetSmart website lists them in six-monthly sections that don’t coincide with the financial year.
In South Australia, those funded for the six months leading up to April 2016 included $1500 to the West Coast Youth and Community Support organisation for youth accommodation furnishings; $3000 to the Adelaide Day Centre for Homeless Persons Soup Van Supplies; $3000 to Charity Link Australia for free nappies; $3000 to Essentials 4 Women for Women’s Hygiene Packs; $500 to the Northern Domestic Violence Service for their Aboriginal Women’s Wellbeing group; $2500 to the Southern Adelaide Domestic Violence Service school education program. Total $13,500.
I checked other six-month periods and discovered most grants were for women escaping domestic violence and not precisely for people actually living under trees, which seems the most primary condition.
They gave $3000 to Adelaide Day Centre in 2015 to pay for Assistance for People Living in Motor Vehicles. This was a strategically brilliant grant because numerous people living in their vehicles can’t get welfare for various reasons. Perhaps this included an elderly woman in atrocious health who lives in a large van, but can’t get welfare payments. I hope so. www.streetsmartaustralia.org 27 August 2016
(above) Free fruit, vegetables, bread, hot coffee and knick-knacks every Monday (except public holidays) at 5:00pm at 21 Maple Avenue, Forrestville, Adelaide.
A form of tolerance
A certain woman frequents certain places then relaxes in a chair with her dress pulled to her waist and ******* herself.
But the human mind is an amazing mechanism and each person in the room quickly blocks out that space where she is sitting. No one humiliates her.
And this tolerant response is from people scorned by the mainstream as somehow lacking morality.
And the woman herself has many admirable qualities. Late 26 August 2016
From the Contact Page
Comment How come people don’t put their name to stories or comments? Craig Richards
Editor: Because of fear of retribution, not simply from Ice Dealers, but from the helping industry, both government and non-government. You could ask another question: Why don’t homeless people speak out against injustices? The answer is that welfare services immediately dry up. 26 August 2016
(above) A recently abandoned camp near the railway tracks in the Adelaide CBD Parklands.
Sober Homeless Lil
Homeless Lilly was at WestCare today, in a wheelchair and in a happy mood and not drinking alcohol. 26 August 2016
From the Contact Page
Is that tub with flowers corner Hutt Street and South Terrace the Emma Hines mausoleum? Is her body buried there? Perhaps that portion of Hutt Street can be renamed Hineslie Street. In honour of Emma.
May Emma fly about gracefully in Nymphia, Heaven of Nymphs, minus the slapstick "Humour" of the Three Stooges and other stooges: Ronald McDonald, Ronald Rump, Rube McJube etc. From "Me Agin"
26 August 2016
An uncorroborated report on Floyd Tidd’s sense of humour
Salvation Army General Andre Cox is coming to Adelaide from Great Britain on the 17th of September for the formal unification of the Australian Southern Territory (includes Melbourne and Adelaide) and the Australian Eastern Territory (includes Sydney).
The unification meetings will be held in Adelaide where the Army began in Australia in 1880.
According to an uncorroborated source, Southern Territorial Commander Floyd Tidd wants the meeting held in Congress Hall at 277 Pirie Street, which holds about 700 people. This is despite an expected 1500 guests for the event including the Sydney songsters and the Melbourne staff band.
Divisional Commander Barrie Casey is said to be “very unamused” about the proposed location, but the decision isn’t his to make. Nor has Captain Matt Reeve had any say in the matter. The usual venue for big Army meetings is the Adelaide Town Hall, but the plan to use Congress hall is said to be based on Floyd not understanding the “lay of the land” in Adelaide.
Commander Floyd Tidd has been reported as believing it would be nice to have the Do Unto Others (DUO) homeless program continue as usual on the same day as the amalgamation meeting. This proves he has a sense of humour. The lack of toilets for old Salvationists would be challenging in its own right.
Expected media coverage of the event would raise the blood pressure of many DUO guests. The 13 security cameras would collect valuable archival files, as they do every second of every day. When Floyd and his wife visited the program last year, they appeared relaxed amongst us.
My source said, “Interesting to see if the foundations of Congress hall will withstand the weight of so many esteemed officers from both Territories in the same place and the same time without collapsing in on itself.”
Hopefully, that psychic demon that haunts Congress Hall won’t feed on the energy from the huge crowd. 26 August 2016
Pilgrim Church Hall on Sundays
Excellent homemade chicken and noodle soup, water melon, pears, mandarins, usual collection of junky biscuits.
An old man with a long beard advised a food server that she was cross-contaminating the food by touching the soup ladle onto the inside of his already used soup pool. He told her he had a bad virus. Pilgrim Church Hall (back of Church) 12 Flinders Street, Adelaide 5:30pm every Sunday 26 August 2016
Life Church Munno Para free food
“I’ll smash her,” a thin man with a cut forehead raged in the background while a woman told me of her ex-husband in jail for giving her three black eyes and pissing on her, then after using “eight lines of meth” put the gear under her pillow so she’d get done for it. “When he fell asleep,” she said, “I hit him with a plank of wood then called the police.” She said she’s going to get $100,000 compensation from Victims of Crime.
Meanwhile, a thin woman arrived in her car and approached the thin man. “Don’t send any more games on the phone,” he told her, leaning forward. “Okay,” she said, smiling relaxedly. “I’ll smash him,” he said of someone else, and everyone smiled.
They opened the doors late then kept everyone waiting another 20 or 30 minutes because the supply truck with the donated food had been delayed, but the mood inside was friendly and no one appeared worried except the man who wanted to smash someone.
Six volunteers wearing surgical gloves packaged the fruit and vegetables in equally sized bags to ensure that everyone got the same amounts.
Dora was serving coffee then suggested to Jamie in the green shirt that they start distributing the food. He shook his finger in her face while shouting that he’d make that decision. She swatted his hand away so he moved closer and shouted about assholes. She retreated to the Cry Room followed by another man.
Jamie gets a certain leeway due to a short fuse and the respect he gets for putting so much effort in picking up the food.
Each person was given a ticket upon arriving and Jamie called the first seven to join the queue. The thin man yelled that more than seven were in the queue. He looked like he wanted to smash someone. Jamie shouted back, telling him to sit down.
The bags contained excellent capsicums, lettuce, snow peas, bananas, cauliflowers, oranges, chillies, potatoes, kiwi fruit, apples and cooking tomatoes and low quality avocadoes. There were also assorted breads, chilled packages of ham and Norwegian smoked salmon. Doughnuts, pastries and milk were given from the coffee counter.
When everyone had obtained a bag of whatever they wanted, the volunteers were given access to an equal amount of what was left. When they were finished, everyone else could line up for seconds. There was very little greed and the church hierarchy mixed naturally with the rough and tumble underclass.
There were also books and clothing, which the woman who got pissed on scooped up like the burglars in Home Alone. I got a book about Franz Kafka.
Three healthy children ran about happily.
Unlike at Fred’s Van, the clients stuck around talking and drinking coffee while the volunteers cleared up. Except for Marree, who had to get home for a Lifestyle and Building inspection by Vanessa Mundey of Anglicare.
The church operates from an abandoned shopping centre. They say that, “We are on a mission to see God renew all parts of our city through Jesus...”
I couldn’t help comparing Life Church with the Anglican churches and buildings at North Adelaide with their expensive schools and well-paid church officials. Life Church at Munno Para 1 Karri Street, Munno Para (between Elizabeth and Gawler) Thursdays 11:00am - 12:00pm Saturdays 10:00am - 11:00am Health Care Card or a good story required Vegetables, bread, coffee and cake. Best to arrive before opening time. 25 August 2016
(above) The evolution of this single toilet outside St Luke's Mission at Whitmore Square: 1) it had a lock that was left unlocked. 2) the toilet was locked at night by the "Gang of Nine". 3) the lock was removed. Even without a lock it offers more dignity and safety from disease than the filthy and humiliating Exeloo toilets in Whitmore Square.
St Luke’s on Sunday no good
Underclass people are being discouraged from attending the Sunday 7:00pm evening meal at St Luke’s church at Whitmore Square for unknown reasons.
Entry to the dining hall is via the church, which according to one diner, “...is a way of saying you should attend the church service...”
Another explanation put forward was that Scott the Manager wanted to “flex his muscles” so he put a ‘no entry’ sign on the side door to the dining room.
The meal cost $4.00 and consisted of three drumsticks and hot chips that contained, “...more salt than I ever had.” The diner added that the gravy was nice, but that when AJ did the cooking it was more interesting.
But the underclass voted with their feet as just three people were there last Sunday along with a dozen church folk who sat separately. 25 August 2016
Fred’s Van Gawler
I was worried I’d got the wrong date until the reassuring appearance of an old woman carrying five bags and wearing a “Knitting for the Homeless” beanie. She stood out like an underclass icon in uniform.
By 5:55pm, there seemed little more than three or four people waiting in the Lions Rotunda in Pioneer Park, but when the Fred’s Van arrived at 6:00pm, another 20 appeared from the darkness. Within a few minutes another 10 or 12 arrived including two happy children and a dog.
Two men, including an old hippy, helped set up the tables for hot dogs, pasties, soup, sandwiches and sugary buns. They forgot the sauce, but that came later. They also forgot the milk so we had black coffee. I got two heated wholemeal spinach pasties, but no sandwiches, which were in short supply. They also gave away bread.
The staff were friendly and knew many of the guests. Pat moved about the diners, talking to each person. Some left within five minutes of getting the food.
By 6:35pm, just 35 minutes after their arrival, the van was packed and moving back onto the road. I sat in the park for 30 minutes as the wind twisted and bent the branches of trees, and my mind slipped back into the decade of living outside. Fred’s Van Gawler Pioneer Park Lyndoch Road, Gawler (opposite the Visitor Centre) Thursdays 6:00pm 25 August 2016
Salvation Army at Pirie Street
An Aboriginal woman in the cafe area smacked a man in the face with a mug and there was blood everywhere. Then the police were everywhere.
One guest said, “Not a lot of people there, same horrible pieces of pizza. When the band came over from Melbourne, they cooked it in the gas oven [and it was good].”
Swanee missed the karaoke because he was packing his stuff for Sydney. He is reported as having had surgery on his bad knee, and is leaving this Friday for Sydney then doing a cruise to England in October with his brother Jimmy Barnes.
One of his music students said John is moving to Sydney permanently because his mother recently died and most of his family live there.
This is a considerable loss for those who go to the Salvation Army at Pirie Street on Wednesdays and Saturdays. John Swan has been good to us. Salvation Army, 277 Pirie Street, Adelaide Saturdays 5:00 - 11:00pm Wednesdays 5:00 - 7:30pm Late 24 August 2016
Fred’s Van Elizabeth
Andrew invited me to sit at his table with Robert, Tony, Lindsay and Gordon though I felt he’d regretted it. Whatever I said made them feel uncomfortable so I shut-up.
Not eating meat didn’t help. The mood dropped further when I poured huge amounts of ground pepper on two margarine and vegemite sandwiches.
The 36 chairs at six tables were full, but when a young man and woman arrived with their 3-week old baby, a table was available because some people had eaten and run.
The staff served pasta with meat sauce, soup, meat sandwiches and yoghourt in cups, which pissed off a few people when the yoghourt was spilt down the side. Every soup kitchen has its idiosyncrasies and spilling food down the sides of cups is what Fred’s Van at Elizabeth like to do.
The staff were friendly as usual, but I figure the outdoor van model works best for homeless-style people.
There should be tables outside to attract real homeless people who prefer to eat outside. It always worries me that the real homeless people avoid most homeless services. Fred’s Van Cafe 8 Langford Drive, Elizabeth (near the Elizabeth Railway Station carpark) Wednesdays 6:00pm Posted late 24 August 2016
“Put you in hospital”
A woman not happy with certain postings on this website, and whom writes on her own site, has said that a certain photographer who offers photographs to Adelaide Homeless Journal is of interest to other people who want to “put you in hospital”.
There is also a leaflet circulating, and even tacked onto trees, that refers to this website as a “Dog Act”.
Readers’ opinions are welcome via the Contact Page. 24 August 2016
St John’s Youth Service in Adelaide playing the homeless statistics racket.
St John’s is playing the politically correct misrepresentation of homelessness in Adelaide.
They also equate living outside in the South Parklands to living in a caravan park. There is a huge difference.
They quote the Australia 2011 Census saying there were 105,237 homeless on Census night in 2011 and that 56% were male and 44% male. This helps them because homelessness funding is being diverted to domestic violence issues and they want a piece of the action. The former is a physical experience while the latter verges on a political issue.
St John’s attracts derision using these inflated homelessness numbers that include varying degrees of housing insecurity. This creates disbelief in the public mind. People ask: “Where are the homeless people if there are so many?”
It is all about money. Most charities make more money from secondary issues of homelessness than the actual housing of each person. And with more money diverted to these other issues, less is available for actual housing.
Homelessness charities have drained money away from house building by using it for salaries of health care professionals, social workers and Big Data manipulators. 24 August 2016
St Bede’s Drop-in-Centre
New Malcolm arrived in a Jaguar that he parked in the volunteer parking area. Another man arrived grey-faced after having fallen out of bed and with a great pain in his stomach, unable to call for help for move. He’s worked all his life and at the age of 75 is depressed and has a bad heart yet is full of cheer for everyone.
The Most Active Volunteer arrived as a guest due to a bad back. He should return next week, which is crucial because they’re short-staffed despite a new man named Jerry serving in the kitchen.
There hasn’t been any word of the two laptops stolen, but six mugs and two salt and pepper shakers have also disappeared.
Janet’s brother won the footy tipping contest two weeks in a row. 24 August 2016
Mary’s son was running on empty after a hard day at the office. He told Ben no music. Ben had his sunglass size blue tooth speaker running like a woofer.
The dearth of Bedford Industries people and Jeff and Sarah was more than made up for with new people plus occasional people who go only to the BBQ meals every third Tuesday of the month.
Lisa from Pirie Street Riot and The-Man-on-the-Street were there. The Man said he’d lost his brand new phone and got a free replacement SIM card from Telstra for free. “For the twentieth time, same number,” he said. 24 August 2016
COS We Care Elizabeth
There wasn’t much to grab so it was more a social scene. Laura had been sick since last week and had to get Little Man and another person to deliver the food to South Terrace the previous Sunday. This indicates that Cos We Care is developing into an organisation that can continue operating despite illnesses and absences.
Laura was red in the face and focused her eyes in the distance as she spoke loudly in a hoarse voice. This was her habitual semi-trailer driving mode as she is an interstate truck driver. She told us she never drank tea or coffee except Iced Coffee occasionally, which is the type of subject truck drivers talk about. She said she eats less meat since getting a pet pig: this isn’t truck driver talk.
The tables held good potatoes and oranges with bread and a small amount of cold pasties and sandwiches. A man was eating cereal from a bowl and the coffee was fine.
There were about 20 clients and while none appeared impressed with the offerings, everyone was polite because it was also a social scene of genuine underclass people including Homeless Les. That’s the genius of Laura and Anne from Cos We Care: they attract the right people. COS We Care Free fruit, vegetables, bread, sandwiches, coffee. Every Saturday from 8:00am to 9:00am at Car Park No. 1, Fremont Park, Yorktown Road, Elizabeth. Every Sunday from 7:30am to 8:30am on South Terrace opposite the Theosophical Society, Adelaide (near Hutt Street) 23 August
(above) St Luke's church mission at Whitmore Square, Adelaide. They charge money for lunch Monday to Friday. Some customers say the atmosphere is more gentle than at WestCare or the Hutt Street Centre. One customer said: "I've had a couple of meals at St Lukes (fish) but not recently. Rating: So-So. "
Orange Sky Shower Van
An Orange Sky shower van will operate in Melbourne after a trial period in Brisbane. The van will offer a complete shower suite for one person though it will require sitting on a chair as the van roof is not high enough to allow an adult to stand.
It seems that even the most experienced person living outside and hardened to its humiliations would find climbing into a small van for a shower beyond the pale, particularly with volunteers wearing orange clothing standing outside.
“To the homeless man who stole my purse at KFC Elizabeth on the 20/08/16/: thanks for returning it to the police minus the money that was inside of it. I appreciate greatly having my purse back even though you stole my money.
However be warned, your image was recorded on video camera inside the store and that information has been passed onto SAPOL. You are also now banned from going inside of KFC Elizabeth or being anywhere in or around the vicinity of this particular retailer.
The irony of this story is, if you had asked me for assistance I would have either bought you a meal free of charge and or even given you some money.
Instead you forced me to waste an entire Saturday contacting the police and going back to the store to get video evidence of your deed (and trust me I know EXACTLY what you look like and where you like to go..........). I also had to cancel my visa card and now I have to wait 7 to ten days to obtain a new one via my bank and it has also left me with no actual cash at all and no way of obtaining cash on the weekend.
Finally you might also want to reconsider your career as a thief as you failed to see the two fuel cards in my purse, which are worth far more than the crappy $17.00 and small change you stole?? You were also seen by at least two people driving past, dumping my purse in the bushes between KFC and Hungry Jacks Elizabeth.
Yours in sad resignation, Claire, AKA The Dumpster Diving Queen Late 22 August 2016
(above) Anglicare imposes its third building inspection in six months on Laura and Alfred West tenants this week. Once again, two bureaucrats will list repairs that are needed then ignore them. This includes this leaking gutter, which pours on the invalid ramp of an 80-year-old tenant who has had multiple strokes and heart attacks. Anglicare has been told of this for three years yet does nothing except waste money on bureaucrats doing silly inspections.
Anglicare will enforce this week its third Building and Lifestyle inspection of its Laura and Alfred West units in six months. Repairs weren’t carried out from the previous inspections, but that isn’t stopping Anglicare Community Member No. 1, Peter Sandeman from diverting two employees once again to inspect our sixteen units.
And if any of us are not at home, his order states: “...the date and time cannot be varied... If you are unable to be home we will...gain access with our keys...”
Amongst their list of inspections are “Toilets - Bowl (inside and out)” and amongst their prohibitions: “...old furniture from inside the house...”
Why does Community Member No. 1 want to strip old people of sentimental items from their past?
Is Dear Leader, Peter Sandeman unconsciously directing Anglicare to treat us similarly to that of children in 1970’s orphanages such as Wyndana/Glandore where personal items were restricted to what could fit into a slim locker?
Why should we elderly tenants be treated as if we’re going through our second childhoods via senility, and be stripped of our privacy and have to relinquish some possessions? Just one or two of our sixteen tenants could be categorised this way, but even they entered their tenancies as renters and nothing more. Anglicare has changed our tenancy conditions by stealth. Dear Leader should understand that jailing a few sexual predators of children doesn’t cleanse the church and that this attitude to us is in itself a form of abuse.
Meanwhile, the motive for the Building and Lifestyle inspection next week isn’t clear. One guess is that these functionally useless repeat Lifestyle Inspections are a means of reducing our sense of autonomy. If so, they have been effective, to date. 22 August 2016
(above) Anglicare smashed up an expensive stepped invalid ramp prior to an 85-year-old woman on a walking frame moving into this unit. They even destroyed the lengthy handrail.
Anglicare destroys two invalid ramps
Anglicare has removed and smashed up two invalid ramps from its Laura and Alfred West Cottage Units.
An Anglicare employee smashed up one ramp worth a few thousand dollars then tossed it onto the back of a truck. This included a lengthy handrail that could have remained. It was a miserable experience hearing the splintering boards.
The new tenant of the unit is a fragile 85-year-old woman on a walking frame who now has to climb two difficult steps to get into her unit. I don’t understand why Anglicare destroyed the stepped ramp.
Anglicare removed and destroyed another ramp under the guise that it blocked the flow of rainwater that pooled in front of another unit. The ramp has gone, but the water still pools and this appears quite acceptable to Anglicare management. 21 August 2016
Heart and Soul
Clients still wait at the front of Beaurepaires in Elizabeth each Monday waiting for Heart and Soul.
But Heart and Soul have moved to the Freemasons Hall on Phillip Highway in Elizabeth South. They give away the donated food on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday depending on whether the hall has been rented by paying customers.
Discovering their distribution days requires signing up to Facebook and then Heart and Soul itself. This double process discourages those not computer literate, outsiders who don’t join groups and semi-literate homeless people.
It also resembles joining a cult and discourages people who may not be friendly with Emma Zahim and the other organisers. It is also inappropriate because the food was donated by the major supermarkets and is for everyone, especially the most desperate people.
Nevertheless, Heart and Soul is a valuable service. 21 August 2016
Edit 22 August 2016
Confirmed Dates for 2016 for Heart and Soul free food at the Freemasons' Hall, 77 Philip Highway, Elizabeth South.
Monday 22nd August @ 7pm Monday 29th August @ 7pm Monday 5th September @ 7pm Wednesday 14th September @ 7pm Tuesday 20th September @ 7pm Monday 26th September @ 7pm Tuesday 4th October @ 7pm Tuesday 11th October @ 7pm Wednesday 19th October @ 7pm Monday 24th October @ 7pm Monday 31st October @ 7pm Monday 7th November @ 7pm ? To be confirmed ? To be confirmed Monday 28th November @ 7pm Monday 5th December @ 7pm Tuesday 13th December @ 7pm Wednesday 21st December @ 7pm ? To be confirmed
The Ghost Who Walks, 71, retreated from the Romero Soup Van when Trock arrived one evening last week. The Ghost suffers bad health.
Trock, aged about 38, threw The Ghost to the ground at Whitmore Square last year.
Not everyone sympathises with The Ghost who repeatedly stood in front of Trock’s house and yelled across the road: “Have you got a job yet? Get up, you bludger.”
Trock lacks self-confidence and his primary skill is shoplifting though he hopes to become an expert in poisoning. 20 August 2016
(above) The King of Whitmore Square, aloof from the robots of this world.
Piano Player Wayne’s new fame
Piano Player Wayne and his Therapy Cat are gaining acclaim on social media. They are known as the man in the Hawaiian shirt walking his cat in Rundle Mall, Adelaide.
Wayne remains banned from the DUO program at the Salvation Army for insisting in bringing his Therapy Cat into Congress Hall. In his defence, he cites the many other places that allow the cat inside, including food halls off Rundle Mall.
The sub-plot of Wayne’s expulsion from the Congress Hall DUO program is his criticism of others, especially the Salvation Army, of which he is a soldier. 20 August 2016
(above) The primary need to sleep is banned by St Luke's Mission in Whitmore Square. They can't figure out how to make money or gain worldly kudos from it.
Orange Sky Laundry's bubble machine breaks down
The bubble machine on top of Orange Sky Laundry’s Adelaide van has broken down.
The gadget pumps out bubbles to enhance the image of the van being used as a mobile laundromat. It’s not as if the orange van doesn’t attract enough attention already.
The three women working at the van at the back of the Elizabeth Food Barn didn’t want to talk to me, possibly because I said the bubble machine was ridiculous.
Oriole, who was getting his washing done, said the generators inside the van cost $30,000. The main electrical generator is a beautiful machine.
I initially thought the mobile Orange Sky Laundry was a silly idea, but have changed my mind. Though it is silly for a van to travel 20kms to do two or three loads of washing for people who live in flats or houses.
I remember the owner of a petrol station in Port Adelaide telling me not to fill my jerry cans from his tap. I used the water to wash my clothing in a bucket then hang it on trees and bushes, much to the amusement of passing traffic. Late 19 August 2016
Sonya Feldhoff’s questionable towel behaviour
Sonya from ABC 891 radio can laugh at herself, but her revelation about not using a fresh towel for every shower was beyond the pale. Even ex-derelicts are cleaner than that.
The Wright Court Homeless Day Centre made sure of that. It operated until the mid-1990’s before moving and renamed the Byron Place Community Centre.
Wright Court provided washed and dried towels to anyone using their showers, at your own risk.
The towels were previously used by old derelicts who washed once every month. After drying themselves, clients tossed the towels onto the floor as protection from tinia microbes and faeces from others who couldn’t be bothered using the toilets.
During lunch, when the joint closed, an employee packed the towels tightly into a machine for a cold wash then later tossed them into hot air driers. The result was a load of crisp hot towels stinking of old derros suffering from end stage liver failure. Anyone using the towels picked up the odour on their bodies. That cured me from using a towel twice.
It’s not too late for the affable Sonya Feldhoff. She can be cured, too, by slipping into the Hutt Street Centre and have a shower using their towels. 19 August 2016
Bruno returns to Semaphore
Bruno had a deal that nearly everyone could refuse. He’d hardly returned to Semaphore when his presence started a fight at the Fred’s Van meal in the St Bede’s church hall.
Cups and food were thrown about the verandah, but Fred’s Van staff showed little interest.
When the police arrived, they took Bruno into custody, as they always do. He was banned by court order from the Semaphore area for his aggressive begging.
Fred’s Van St Bede’s Anglican Church Hall (near Semaphore Road) 200 Military Road, Semaphore 6:00 pm Sunday Healthy meal eaten inside 19 August 2016
The 2016 Opportunity Games will include the Stone Life, Egg and Spoon, Under and Over and Og Ball games.
Transport and the BBQ lunch is free and participants will receive a shirt and a pair of shoes. The Flash Backs will perform old style music suitable for 55-year-olds.
The Opportunity Games are designed for residents of Supported Residential Facilities (SRF). I asked one resident of Sunnydale SRF if he was going. He said emphatically, “No, too patronising.” St Bede’s Drop-in-Centre will not be participating in the games this year.
And one can’t help wondering if the underlying reason for the Opportunity Games is to generate media coverage that counters another fact that people living in SRF’s are economic prisoners. If an SRF and the Public Trustee was a man and the SRF residents a woman, there might be a human rights case for economic abuse.
The 2016 games will be on the 18th of September on the Le Fevre Recreation Reserve, Victoria Road, Osborne. For further information contact Roz on 8242 2779.
The games are somewhat expensive to put on, but some SRF participants will consider it a good day out. 19 August 2016
Where is David Pope?
A social worker from Uniting Care Wesley Port Adelaide is looking for David Pope. This is the David Pope with part of one leg missing and not the David Pope who was living in the creek bed in the South Parklands. Anyone wanting to give away David’s location can email Ed at email@example.com who wrote:
“Hi, I am looking for one of my past clients as he has not been seen for a while. His name is DAVID POPE,one leg amputated below the knee. Usually found in the western suburbs. Any news of his whereabouts would be appreciated, as there is concern for his welfare.” Late 18 August 2016
Doctor Dolittle reports on David Pope ( Myohmy@whatawonderful.life)
“David pope if well and fine staying at elizabeth bludging off of people that aren't as smart as him thinking he's there friend
“He's been moved on now but was there for about 3 weeks off his face popping pills and taking speed. He was in port Adelaide about a month ago trying to sell some pills outside the old Mitre10 building.”
Editor: Thanks, Dr Dolittle. That will make the social worker relax knowing that David is alive and well and back to his old tricks. 19 August 2016
An older man said he hadn’t minded living in the Common Ground building at Light Square in Adelaide. He said they had a dental surgery where they pulled out his teeth ruined by prescription medication.
He said they required tenants to be involved in certain activities included “counselling” to identify and treat “mental health issues”.
He left after two years because the rent was “getting a bit high” and he was sick of the junkies and Ice addicts. Late 18 August 2016
(above) After the media fanfare of the bus station and WestCare being kept open for three or four nights during cold weather, everything went back to normal. People went back to sleeping on the concrete outside WestCare while a guard slept inside the locked courtyard.
(above) Wet bedding hanging on the fence at WestCare during a midnight shower.
Julie gets two years
Julie Joan Manning was sentenced to two years non-parole in the slammer for lighting a house fire near Pulteney Grammar School. She was a squatter at the time and said she lit the fire to chase away the drug dealers. 18 August 2016
Magdalene Church Hall
The atmosphere was soft, as usual. The building creates a mood of calm. James the Transvestite did a superb job of not letting the volunteers from Saints and Concordia get out of control.
The main meal was pasta with a meat sauce that was devoid of visible meat. Horse Trader Steve, in a flourish of rhetorical brilliance, asked if they had any pasta with more meat in it.
The soup contained Moroccan spices similar to that from the Romero soup van last week. The dumplings were too slimy for my liking though others liked them. Since all the pasta had been mixed with the allegedly meat sauce, I settled for a pleasant vegetarian sauce covered in cheese. Dessert was apple crumble and ice cream.
The organisers always maintain a serene atmosphere, which is crucial for those living outside and already on a physical and emotional knife-edge. Magdalene Church Hall Moore Street, Adelaide Free meal every Saturday at 6:00pm Drunks and drug affected people welcome, but you must sit on the chairs in the laneway, which is the best place, anyway. 18 August 2016
Former police officer and Ruf Us and Hutt Street Centre client dead
Former SAPOL police officer Giovanni (John) Del Medico is dead. He died last Saturday, 12 August 2016. He was a regular client of the Hutt Street Centre yet signed every petition calling for its closure.
He received $700,000 superannuation upon retirement, but scrounged ten-cent cans from rubbish bins. He was also a regular client of Ruff Us on-the-Street on Saturday mornings. Right to the end, he was a real charmer and liked to stock up on toothpaste.
He had had a stroke and had difficulty speaking and walking. “I’m sick,” he told the Ancient Old Lady last month. He had terminal bowel cancer. “I’m sicker than you,” she told him back. She has an enlarged liver and bad heart.
Six weeks ago, he said he was going on a trial nursing home placement.
At just 69, his life had been running on overtime. That was clear for the past year, but it is still sad he is gone. Late 17 August 2016
From the founder of Ruf Us
“This comment is from AJ, founder and Chairperson of Ruf Us, and a mother of my only child who fell through every "hole" that organisations including those receiving significant Government, managed to contrive so as not to support him appropriately.
“At least one of these allegedly reputable organisations disseminated malicious rumours about me, and condoned totally unprofessional behaviours by a staff member by leaving this person as my son's Social Worker.
“Please continue to report on the plight of those so worthy and totally justified in needing support 7 days a week.
“I add [that] this comment is as described above from AJ, not the Board of Ruf Us.” from AJ Aileen Jefferis Late 17 August 2016
Free lunch at Urrbrae Agricultural High School
The students of Urrbrae are serving a lunch made from the animals and produce raised on the school grounds
Thirty people from the homeless scene are invited. The bus leaves from Hutt Street Centre on Tuesday 23rd of August.
Registration is required at the Hutt Street Homeless Centre at 258 Hutt Street, Adelaide (near South Terrace).
Both transport and food are free. Late 17 August 2015
When the General eats
Piano Player Wayne says that city salvos should feed the Salvation Army General the same food they serve to the underclass on Saturday evenings.
The General arrives next month to amalgamate the Sydney and Melbourne commands. He is holding the big meeting in the neutral city of Adelaide. Late 17 August 2016
From the Contact Page
"Have you noticed posted to a tree near the entrance of Westcare, a full page of typescript consisting of wrathful denunciation of this web site. You may be interested to have a look; or maybe a copy of this page will be posted at other 'homeless' sites."
from Informant x”
Editor: Yes, it is a sincere denunciation called, "Dog Act", and is doing the rounds. I was disappointed it did not include specific instances of criticism. By rewriting it with specific instances, it would be a more powerful denunciation. Late 17 August 2016
Picket Fence at St Marys still closed
The Ghost Who Walks said the Picket Fence will be closed for another two weeks, at least. Staff still don’t answer their phone.
The Ghost said that doctors sewed the fingers back onto the man who sawed them off. This hasn’t been corroborated except to say that a person did injure his or her hand on the buzz saw.
The rumour is that Anglicare is delaying the safety audit for the purpose of establishing their control over what was once a nearly autonomous organisation. 17 August 2016
The old trouper lady
The old woman sat smoking a cigarette on a ledge near the Adelaide Hilton Hotel early one morning last week. Her blankets and wheeled suitcase were next to her. With a certain glee in her eyes, this queen of her life surveyed her kingdom. 17 August 2016
Theory that American homeless are abducted to harvest their organs?
Josh Coy, a host on WYDE radio in Alabama, in an interview with Dave Hodges of The Common Sense Show on the same station, says that thousands of homeless people have gone missing in mysterious circumstances.
Coy says that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sets up temporary soup kitchens for homeless people after which some of those attending simply disappear.
Hodges speculates they may have been abducted by FEMA agents and taken to secret camps for training, or to facilities to harvest their vital organs.
It has also been a mystery in Adelaide for years why people living outside simply disappear. While there is no proof they’ve been abducted for their organs, the paranoid secrecy of the South Australia government adds fuel to any wild rumour put forward.
http://www.naturalnews.com/054969_homeless_people_organ_harvesting_FEMA_camps.html 17 August 2016
Mary’s Kitchen at Glenelg
I fell asleep outside the church then woke up not remembering where I was. After a few minutes reorienting, I stumbled into the 1850’s constructed Mary’s Kitchen dining room. The overhead gas heaters blazed orange and the lighting was subdued.
Numbers were down due to inter-personal arguments. Sarah and Jeff vowed not to return after Jeff had a punch-up with Anton the Ice Man. Many of the Bedford Industries crowd were missing after accused of rape and attempted child abduction. These were unfounded rumours without evidence, but were intimidating nevertheless.
The man accused of killing Melissa Kelly seemed unaware or indifferent to the false accusation. He’s also been accused to being a stalker just last week. That might be true.
The ailing Ancient Old Lady rarely goes there after Sarah’s husband barred her from getting close to the entry gate, saying she always pushed her way in. Lynn, Julie, Mumbles, the Elder Statesman, Terry the Christian, Terry the Gambler and old Lucien were missing, but The Anxious Vegetarian made an appearance. That made me anxious.
The soups were minestrone with meat and a full-bodied vegetable soup with the tiniest scent of garlic with margarined bread rolls. The meal was meat lasagne or vegetarian lasagne and was complemented with sliced lettuce and tomatoes sprinkled with dressing. Sliced watermelon replaced the glasses of chopped fruit.
It was a healthy meal and getting better every week.
Upon returning to the city, I saw two people sleeping under donated blankets outside the bus station.
Mary’s Kitchen at St Andrew’s Church-at-the-Sea Jetty Road, Glenelg Free meal and takeaway bread and vegetables every Tuesday at 6:00pm Review of Mary’s Kitchen for 9 August 2016. Posted16 August 2016
The two most recent photographs of homeless camps have been removed due to the danger of alerting raiders to the locations of vulnerable camps.
It was a reckless act that might have endangered the wellbeing of people living outside, and I apologise without reservation.
In future, photographs of camps will be posted only after the camps have been abandoned or have disappeared.
The aim of posting these pictures is to show the ingenuity and courage of people living outside, and the obscenity of the state government keeping 1000 Housing Trust units empty, for months or even years. The other obscenity is homeless joints kept empty at night, even the courtyards.
The purpose of this website is to create an historical record of this injustice and to create a record of the greatness of those classified as homeless.
The beneficial side of this is that in thirty years, those in the Adelaide underclass will be able to read a genuine history of their lives, reported and written by a collective of their own peer group. Late 16 August 2016 First Edit: early 17 August 2016
Bushy Smashes window
Tim “Bushy” Knowles allegedly smashed a restaurant window today in Hutt Street after a Hutt Street Centre employee wouldn’t pay him for one of his paintings sold under their auspices.
He allegedly used his walking stick to do the job. Late 15 August 2016
Homeless Lil back in town
A taxi delivered Homeless Lil and her new wheelchair to the WestCare Centre today.
Many guests were surprised: they had thought the amazing woman was dead. Late 15 August 2016
St Luke’s closed for two weeks
The rumour was that the St Luke’s cook at Whitmore Square did a runner, but the truth is that management has cancelled the essential service of meals for the underclass due to renovations of a security nature. They’re installing more locks and barriers.
One critic said Alex the Manager was nostalgic about his old job as a police officer and had ordered the renovations to make St Luke’s appear like the inside of a police station. Late 15 August 2016
The Aboriginals were noticeable by their absence and this left a gap in the social fabric of Hurtle Square last Saturday morning.
But the Insane Gentleman enriched the scene by acting more insanely than usual. He pointed and shouted and threw his blanket onto the grass in his ritual denunciation against an unseen entity. Then he discovered a flesh and blood victim, a 28-year-old man new to the homeless scene. He reached into his blankets for a device that he pointed at the new man whose face collapsed and went dull. Happily, a wise man from Crazy Cottage gestured him to not respond, as the Insane Gentleman is insane so the usual homeless etiquette doesn’t apply to him.
But the Insane Gentleman continued to shake his fist and lashed out with accusations while maintaining a safe distance from the new man. He may be insane, but his survival instinct is alive and well. Quite quickly, the new man realised the Insane Gentleman was genuinely insane and not particularly dangerous.
It was a happy outcome thanks to the street wisdom of the man from Crazy Cottage.
Armageddon Free Barbecue 8:30am Saturdays in Hurtle Square Adelaide (except for the fourth Saturday of the month when the barbecue is held in front of the Christadelphian Temple on Halifax Street, about 150 metres west of Hurtle Square) 15 August 2016
Free Clean Used Mattresses
My family and I are moving out of Adelaide and have some mattresses (second hand but still in good condition) that we cannot take because it is too expensive to take them. I was wondering if you know of anyone we could give them to? Kimberley Robson firstname.lastname@example.org 14 August 2016 The mattresses have gone. The Robsons have even agreed to deliver them to a disabled man.
‘Essentials for Women’ and ‘Off Tapas Catering’ free event at Whitmore Square
Peachey has brought a long-handled shovel with her. She found it. She says she’ll “use it on the junkies at St Lukes”. Peachy is German-Aboriginal with light brown skin and carries the best from both genetic groups. She reminds me of Sandra from Chat and Chew, with a shovel.
She talks to Robyn the musician who has travelled around the world. He remembers Whitmore Square surrounded by that hedge that offered privacy and protection for sleepers. That was before the Adelaide City Council ripped it out. And when St Vinnies offered a free meal and a filthy bed without demanding identification for Big Data. He tells me the members of his family destroyed by Ice.
Outsiders near the pedestrian crossing laugh at Shana dancing and laughing to herself. They don’t realise she doesn’t care.
“Hi, Shana,” I say, as she runs across to the food van. “Never,” she replies.
Marni wears a red dress that shows her thin Asian-coloured Aboriginal legs and fragile body. Shana yells at her. Marni’s mouth opens wide with disbelief, then she shouts back at the stocky street-fighter.
Off Tapas Catering provides the stew in a cup with bread and barista coffee from a high caravan. It’s too high. The meat in the stew is so tender it falls apart in the mouth, according to The Cousin. To me, it appears somewhat watery.
There are also Tim Tams and bottled water, but I’m not sure who supplied that.
Essentials for Women has two tables of Tampons, make-up, water, soap, very large bras and clothing, and for men who claim discrimination there are thongs, but they’re in smaller women’s sizes.
Essentials for Women operate from an address in Seaview Downs and received $3000 from a Melbourne fundraising outfit named StreetSmart. They don’t tell the men to piss off, but nevertheless stare at us as we approach the tables. Kenneth isn’t fazed.
A man mimics numerous famous singers to the applause of the audience. A shy young woman sings of being turned on. An old man plays the guitar and is tolerated.
Our location is unfortunately in the shade on a cool winter day. The seating in Whitmore Square has been placed to discourage homeless people from congregating. Kenneth occupies the only bench along with his bags of booty.
The Aboriginals are largely missing, similarly to Ruf Us and the Armageddon Barbecue.
A man pushing an overladen Coles trolley onto Whitmore Square suddenly ducks and hides behind Off Tapas Catering as a policeman crosses the St Luke’s side of the Square. “Who called us?” he asks, without getting a clear answer.
He walks away then alerts three more officers who briskly cross the Square straight to the catering van. They grab three cups of free coffee then meekly retreat while Peachey chides them at the top of her voice with loud good-natured jeering.
Perhaps just 25 people attend this free event due to the lack of good stuff. Most people living outside are men so Essentials for Women isn’t relevant to them. One volunteer doesn’t win friends by taking a video that inevitably will promote themselves at our expense. There is also the element of fear: people living outside adopt strict regimes and attending a once-off event is off their radar. The entrapment tactics of Social Inclusion has also poisoned the openness of the homeless scene.
But not Peachey. She leans onto the roadway and waves her arms and shouts as an ambulance screeches its way further up Morphett Street. For her, every day is a party. 14 August 2016
Police move into Free Food room
Two police officers appeared within minutes of five drunk tribal Aboriginals arriving at the Salvation Army DUO evening in Pirie Street last Saturday. The male officer looked like an exhausted version of Andre Agostino of Youth With A Mission. The female officer grabbed a teenage boy by the shirt. He was either trying to escape or falling down. Her unforgiving attitude towards them turned to pleading.
The two officers went inside Congress Hall and stood behind the tables in the free food room. It wasn’t clear who they were after.
But Shana decided she didn’t need any food, after all, and made a discreet exit. She’d had an argument with two women at Fred’s Van the previous evening, but had escaped the police.
It was easy to empathise with her: it gets tiring finding oneself in repeated informal police line-ups. Late 13 August 2016
Ruf Us and Majestic Hotels Adelaide Special Event
One-eyed Bob the Builder helped himself to twelve pairs of Holeproof Explorer socks until the Majestic Hotels lady diplomatically grabbed them back, leaving him with one pair. They were the latest patterned socks purchased with money collected from the donation tins placed at Coffee Central in Rundle Mall, at the Richmond Hotel.
The joint Ruf Us and Majestic Hotels event in the parklands was held off South Terrace near Hutt Street, near where Cos We Care gives away fruit and vegetables on Sunday mornings at 7:30am. The joint event replaced the usual Ruf Us free Saturday breakfast in front of the locked and empty Hutt Street Centre.
They served tuna patties, bacon, baked beans, fresh fruit, tea and coffee and other hot foods I missed. On the tables, there was deodorant, mosquito repellent and hand sanitiser that had proved popular at the previous event. There was also plenty of used clothing including a leather coat snapped up by Kenneth, who added it to his collection. Other stuff I forgot to note as I was in the dream world of pre-seizure and this also distorted my perceptions of the event.
There were four or five new men there of the 20 men that have entered the homeless scene in the previous month. But the Ice users and Aboriginals were missing, exemplifying the mystical nature of the homeless scene. No single person knows what quite it is and its dynamics.
Equity was an issue, and it is a constant battle to stop certain people from taking ten of everything, rushing home to unload, then re-appearing at the next soup kitchen to repeat the performance. Meanwhile, certain puritans living outside use the same clothing and blankets until they fall apart. These puritans often don’t collect welfare and take very little charity food.
Across the street, the gutter flowed with milk and soft drinks as two can collectors emptied drink bottles to redeem them for ten-cents each.
The giant chocolate egg reappeared from last Easter. It consists of compound chocolate made with vegetable oil and not cocoa butter. Bob the Builder and two homeless people got a few pieces, but the lack of interest indicated it may reappear at Christmas.
The Sudoku and Crossword books also reappeared from Christmas and were snapped up by Bob the Builder, who plans to build two houseboats.
“No,” an older woman volunteer berated me when I pulled a plate of bacon from a rubbish bin to give to Brian the ex-miner’s dog. Her tone threw down the curtain of civility given to us by Ruf Us and Majestic Hotels volunteers.
The bacon was part of a meal that John from New Zealand couldn’t finish due to swallowing difficulties. He choked the previous night in his van while eating chocolate. He thought it was the end of his life. This was due either to the effect of his anti-Parkinson’s Disease medication, or the illness itself. In addition to his shaking arm, his head jerked diagonally.
Centrelink is still fighting him in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal to overturn the Social Security Appeals Tribunal decision to pay him DSP. He will be 63 in a few weeks.
“AJ” moved amongst the 25 people who lingered nearby, trying to identify those living outside, especially the new men. One man was passed out on the grass. John said he’d lost count of the times he’d been taken away by ambulance. John sees everything, sitting in his van month after month on South Terrace.
A Majestic woman knew how to mix with us, but retreated when I raved bitterly against Social Inclusion. It was the bacon lady who set it off.
Others from Majestic Hotels found it difficult to mix with us. We in the homeless scene are notoriously secretive. And they are afraid of us. When I spoke to a 13-year-old girl behind the tables, her father and others intervened as if preventing an attack.
“AJ” left early to attend to an emergency patient. Each Saturday, after bringing us food, she rushes back to her physiotherapy practice. She also pays a child minder to look after her granddaughter.
Ruf Us Free breakfast every Saturday at 9:15am. Served outside The Hutt Street Centre, 258 Hutt Street, Adelaide (near South Terrace) 13 August 2016 First Edit 14 August 2016
(above) Mysterious coloured ribbons and parcels of twigs and leaves are attached to trees and road signs in the Adelaide CBD Parklands. They're most prolific near destroyed or abandoned homeless campsites.
(above) Home is where a person sleeps. Personal items dot the Adelaide CBD parklands similarly to other people's houses. But in the Parklands, the loss rate is high due to weather, pillaging and from park rangers.
From the Contact Page
“Don’t be a fool”
[Adelaide Homeless Journal said:] "A nice aspect of the free food day is that the Army doesn’t require Health Cards or I.D. and doesn’t record personal details of clients for Big Data. That’s respect."
[Cross Check comments:] “Yes, but what about the security cameras which are apparently crossed checked with SAPOL and their face recognition software. Don't be a fool.” Late 12 August 2016 Editor: Thanks. I'd forgotten about those 13 cameras. There is even one in the sleeping room.
Adelaide Benevolent Society chucks a wobbly
The Society chucked a wobbly when they discovered that an elderly tenant had a built a shed in his back yard.
But the tenant wasn’t intimidated and told them he would take legal action if they destroyed the shed.
Adelaide Benevolent Society is the typical institution operating with good motives, but infected with an unconscious urge to cripple tenants’ lives.
The Society was formed in 1849 when it was known as the Adelaide Benevolent and Strangers' Friend Society Inc. They used to give away money, but now rely on referrals from external Case Managers. Their office is in a side street off Grote Street near the Hilton Hotel. Late 12 August 2016
Salvation Army free food day
There were more Muslim women than ever before. They have replaced many of the few homeless people that previously turned up.
One of the problems for those living outside is that most of the free food requires cooking. Sadly, campfires are banned in the parklands. A second problem is the lack of places to store portable stoves during the day. Cooking one’s own food and sharing it with others is self-empowering and often more healthy than the excessive refined sugars and carbohydrates in charity food.
One man in the queue used to be the paid driver who collected the food for the Salvation Army free food day. He was sacked when funding dried up. Now, he’s a client.
Last Saturday’s offering included jars of coffee and cat food. The Cousin took a few cans of Dine cat food for his cat. A volunteer locked eyes with him. “It’s not for you,” he said. “It’s for the cats.”
The Cousin said the processed food has had the same Best-By date for the past six months. Someone said it comes in trucks and sent down by elevator to the secret warehouse hidden in the basement of Congress Hall. A nice aspect of the free food day is that the Army doesn’t require Health Cards or I.D. and doesn’t record personal details of clients for Big Data. That’s respect.
Free Food Day Salvation Army, 277 Pirie Street, Adelaide 9:00-11:00am... First Friday of each month No registration or documentation required. 12 August 2016
White-haired derelict kicks police officer
David Roe, the white-haired derelict reportedly kicked a female police officer in the leg at Mary’s Kitchen in Glenelg. He was taken away and hasn’t been seen since. Late 11 August 2016
Evil Unley Council
Unley Council employees last month entered the property of The Ghost Who Walks and photographed the stuff around his house. They said he had to clear the whole place and wasn’t allowed anything on his verandah.
To date, The Ghost has spent $8500 on lawyers fighting the Unley Council plus another $10,000 to pay their lawyers after losing a previous case.
The Ghost moved into the house in the 1940’s, two days after being born at the Queen Victoria hospital near the old racecourse. His grandfather built the house in the 1920’s.
Considering the level of junk around his house, legal action against this semi-literate 70-year-old man in bad health, who collects cans from rubbish bins, is an abuse of the legal process. Late 11 August 2016
Romero Soup Van
A tribal Aboriginal woman sternly told a mixed-race Aboriginal man with whom she was arguing that English wasn’t her first language. “English is a white man’s language,” she insulted him.
She moved away from the lamplight in Hurtle Square and sat on the wet night grass amongst her bedding and blankets with two other tribal women.
“How can they do that?” The Face exclaimed, warning me not to stand on the grass because the coldness might creep through my shoes.
Another Aboriginal man happily punched the air as he talked of his fight with “a thin white fella” at Fred’s Van.
The Oscar Romero soups included an exquisite thick vegetable soup made with Indian spices. Another was turkey soup that smelled good even to a vegetarian. Terri said, “I can’t wait to get into it.”
The queue didn’t let up despite just 26 clients in attendance because everyone was going back for seconds and takeways. A cheeky old white fella arrived with a kitchen pot.
The supply of iffy bread and margarine stopped when they were down to less than one loaf that had to be reserved for Whitmore Square. The unpaid volunteer admitted that running out of bread wasn’t an ideal situation. Why they use such horrible stale bread is beyond me since places like Baker’s Delight give away bread at 6:00pm that was baked that morning. This aspect of the Romero Soup Van needs improvement. However, the soup is nearly always fabulous and always in plentiful supply.
The Man-on-the-Street and Lisa from Pirie Street Riot gave away two-litre bottles of Ice Coffee to friends. The Man maintained that he saw a body bag at Hutt Street Centre. “Something was inside,” he said.
An old man at the soup van said he’s quit going to the Salvation Army on Saturday nights because it’s too noisy and dangerous and that “staff turn a blind eye to fights until it is too late, then call the police.”
Another man from Romano’s said he was doing Work-for-the-Dole on a construction site in Lonsdale despite living at Hurtle Square. He said the journey each day was too long and wondered why they couldn’t have found something nearer the city. The answer: choreographed institutional abuse.
He rushed from Hurtle Square to Fred’s Van to get a bag of food for lunch the next day at Lonsdale.
Romero Soup Van (Adelaide Day Centre).Free. Sunday to Friday at 6:30pm in Hurtle Square opposite Crazy Cottage. 11 August 2016
Australia 2016 Census
One diner at Mary’s Kitchen said she uses Buddhist tactics with government intrusions like the Census. She lies. 11 August 2016
(above) On any given winter night, a dozen campfires might burn in the Adelaide CBD parklands, small fires not for warmth or cooking, but for the scent of smoke, the crackle of wood, for comfort and memories of home. Beautiful fires in the midst of thousands of unrelenting internal combustion fires.
Benefit of being homeless Census 2016 Australia
Those who are categorised as homeless need only to complete a mini-Census form that contains about a dozen questions. Late 10 August 2016
(above) Solitary white fella and white fella women campers alone on cold nights. But what the authorities fear is these white folk uniting in a big camp that resists the daily ransacking from Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese's storm troopers.
They trust no one
A source within the welfare scene said he’s been talking to various people about Anglicare’s semi-prison being built on the Archway Rehabilitation site in Port Adelaide.
My source says the consensus is that the building will house sex offenders released from prison and those on bail awaiting trial. My source said that the Salvation Army was approached for use of Linsell Lodge at Whitmore Square, but declined involvement This has not been corroborated.
It is a shame that Anglicare couldn’t be more transparent about both the Port Adelaide project and the secret homeless joint in the city. This sneakiness is a calculated tactic by Community Member No. 1 to get the project up and running before local residents can mount an official complaint. And an example of lack of consultation with those who live in the parklands: what do they want? Late 10 August 2016
Subtle bullying of disabled people by Census 2016 Australia operatives
The 2016 Census employee posed as a volunteer at the St Bede’s Drop-in-Centre in Semaphore yesterday. She served food initially, then after gaining some trust, pressured disabled guests about “Your Census” while they were trying to eat breakfast and talk amongst themselves. When an elderly man returned to his table, she put her hand on his chair, preventing him from politely sitting down, and harangued him about “Your Census”.
The 2016 Census employee at Mary’s Kitchen in Glenelg was slightly more subtle, but again in this case she leaned over tables and made disabled and homeless guests uncomfortable about eating while she pressured them to complete “Your Census” forms.
In both cases, the women were flanked by male church volunteers we’d not previously seen, and who we thought were government Census employees, also. 10 August 2016
Chinese funding surveillance cameras in Pilgrim Church?
Chinese people have offered to fund the installation of cameras and flat screens inside the Pilgrim church to record and broadcast their weddings.
They will cede ownership of these devices to the church upon installation. The screens outside of the main church will cater to overflow crowds.
On the surface, the cameras seem harmless, but outside of wedding events they will default into de facto surveillance devices taking away the privacy of prayer and services. Determining whether the cameras are recording will be impossible for most parishioners and surreptitiously created files may become a coveted product. Even if the cameras are used with integrity, an atmosphere of anxiety will creep into the church.
Meanwhile, some parishioners have comforted themselves in the belief that the homeless people they kicked out from the church’s back verandah last summer all found places to live. But other parishioners understand the result wasn’t quite that nice.
Providing sanctuary for the homeless was a monumental example of Christian charity by the Pilgrim Church. That some of those living outside were degraded and defective by normal social standards made the gesture even more significant.
Installing cameras for political and commercial convenience degrades the Pilgrim Church.
Pilgrim Free Coffee Lounge 12 Flinders Street, Adelaide (back of the Church) 10:00am to 2:00pm Monday to Friday Late 9 August 2016
Help with Census forms in Glenelg
Anyone wanting help completing Census forms can go to the St Andrews-at-the-Sea church in Jetty Road Glenelg on Thursday and Friday from 12noon to 2:30pm.
The St Andrew’s staff are experienced with helping those with limited literacy skills. I’m not sure if those 2016 Census people will be there. Late 9 August 2016
Two attitudes to man lying on footpath
A man and woman, both about 55, walked arm-in-arm past a man lying under blankets on the footpath alongside the court building on Grote Street last Saturday afternoon.
The man reached into his pocket, apparently to give money to the blanket fellow below him. The woman jerked his other arm, almost tripping him up. He removed his hand from his pocket and they proceeded smoothly towards Victoria Square. 9 August 2016
Where have the tribal and other Aboriginals who camp in the parklands gone? Last Saturday, they weren’t at the Armageddon Barbecue in Hurtle Square, the Ruf Us and Majestic Hotels event in the South Parklands, or the Essentials for Woman and Off Tapas Catering event in Whitmore Square.
A couple only were at the Magdalene on Moore Street meal. Five desert Aboriginals went to the Salvation Army DUO event, but were confronted by police officers within twenty minutes. Late 8 August 2016
(above) Some kindly soul put these pillows in the crook of this tree in the West Parklands to protect them from rising waters from the winter rains.
(above) Someone's life in the Adelaide CBD Parklands. Social Inclusion operatives from Street-to-Home attempt to capture such people and sedate and deprive them of the life experience. Other welfare workers say that access to appropriate housing first is the key to improving a person's mental, physical and emotional state.
Do Unto Others at the Salvation Army
Glenn was there, silent, observant and disciplined. He replaced his Coles shopping trolley with a more versatile and quieter rolling baby stroller, much better on quiet streets during the night. Its load capacity is less so he’s probably found another place to store his stuff. Why this cool-headed man is on the streets is a mystery.
A police car with flashing lights followed six regular guests to the edge of the laneway that leads to the back door of Congress Hall. A single officer approached on foot and asked questions. Two young men hung their heads on the table.
Five or six Muslim women and a teenage boy queued for the free food room then stayed to collect clothing and sheets from the Equity Queen. There was the never-ending supply of Peckish crackers plus Tim Tams, Pop Tarts (generational genocide), Pepsi Next, Thai beef sauce, gluten free bread and normal bread.
The Muslims waved away the meal that included meat and gravy, but accepted replacements with vegetables only. I’m not sure if they were luckier than I was, but my meal was delayed twenty minutes then arrived covered in gravy. When the roast potatoes, nice bread and boiled mixed frozen vegetables finally arrived without gravy, others had finished their dessert and were leaving for home. Such confusion at the Magdalene church hall in Moore Street doesn’t happen.
Another guest has applied to join SAPOL and become a police officer. The application process takes a year and requires involvement with various social groups. He is a Christian and attends the DUO church service.
The Ghost Who Walks sold nine two-litre bottles of soft drinks to Card Player David for $1.00 providing David return the empty bottles. David was later racked with doubts for fear he’d paid too much.
The chairs and tables were placed too close together against the glass church doors and caused torment and anxiety.
The diabetic Cousin ate a bun filled with Baker’s Cream. He said nothing was going to stop him.
Shella’s Dad gave a sermon. He spoke quietly, so different from the Hillside preacher who runs back and forth across the stage, shouting himself hoarse.
Quiz Master Bob ran the Quiz a second week in a row due to John Swan’s absence. The atrium has been warm all winter because the verandah cafe entrance is kept closed. Coffee is delivered from the inside counter, which means that clients miss the drama around the barista machine and the fanfare of the street.
The table tennis net finally fell apart and was discarded so Sharka slipped a flattened cardboard box through the middle of the table to form a cardboard net.
Lance Armstrong subsequently displayed his table tennis skills. He played magnificently, apart from adding extra points to his score when he was trailing.
The Equity Queen hugged a young woman in distress at the table where a disturbed man threatened to kill himself. A woman named India yelled at me for walking too slow. Another woman ran at me in the free food room and said she felt like hitting someone. I’m glad it wasn’t me.
Six heterosexual men from Pole Position strip club were frustrated after watching a performance and drinking alcohol. One pretended to **********; another pretended to do it against a wall; a third grabbed another man.
It was at this establishment―when it operated as Checkmates Adult Entertainment Venue―that corrupt Health Services Union officials from the Eastern States tried to lure an honest Adelaide union official for lunch in order to compromise him. He declined their offers and their gifts.
A man walked into the Salvation Army with a drink can and asked to borrow a sharp object to puncture the side to make it into a bong.
Trent Jefferis walked through the atrium to the sleeping room. He moved silently like an alienated Aboriginal amongst white folk, yet responded with sincerity to anyone who greeted him.
Salvation Army free meal and entertainment Every Saturday 5:00pm to 11:00pm 277 Pirie Street, Adelaide (near Hutt Street) Never a dull moment 8 August 2016 Edit: 23 August 2016 Lance Armstrong strenuously denies fiddling the table tennis scorecard and says my memory is clouded because he was winning.
Vince Focarelli’s homeless-style soup kitchen at La'Fig Cucina in Adelaide
All was well until Chris asked Alex the Muslim whether he was a radical. Alex got this real nasty look on his face and stopped ladling the soup. He said that he’d come to feed us and didn’t like his religion being insulted. After two or three minutes, he held out a paper bowl of soup, but tripped and spilt it over the Chris’s legs and backpack. He and Vince couldn’t apologise enough to Chris then Vince spilt another bowl on the floor then declared they’d have to replace the slippery bowls.
Card Player David arrived to see if “everyone was okay” as Alex and Vince spent the next twenty minutes talking about Islam.” One guest muttered: “This is a once off.”
Vince asked what death meant. Card Player David said it meant the Resurrection. David was a Jehovah Witness preacher for ten years and knows the Bible.
While Vince spoke, a woman in the kitchen happily sang a mocking ditty consisting of one word: “Yeow, yeow, yeow, yeow.”
Vince continued talking about death. He said, “When your number is up; your number is up,” then looked around nervously and closed the roller door that faces the dark carpark across the lane.
That’s why The Cousin wasn’t there. He fears being caught up in a drive-by shooting or a bomb. “Mark my words,” he told me, twice, then added that, “Getting shot up isn’t worth a bowl of soup and a bun.”
Vince gave Chris, the man who inadvertently triggered the discord, a new sleeping bag and a cooler bag of other stuff. This was an opportune gift as Chris can’t get welfare and is going to Port Lincoln to camp on the beach and live on fish.
Another man drove up the lane with a boot full of sleeping bags and other stuff. Alex grabbed half a dozen sets and left to distribute them to homeless people on the street.
The thin soup wasn’t hot enough and was too acidic from excessive lemon juice. The bread rolls were just bread and not filled with meat like the previous fortnight. The apples, bananas and mandarins were prime fruit from the markets and not rubbish bin quality from Food Bank.
One guest later complained about the religious talk. We’re traumatised and injured people and went there for a light supper and gentle socialising. Another guest said the offerings had declined.
Last Tuesday was a horrible experience, but one can’t help respecting Vince and his friends for extending themselves towards others.
La Fig soup kitchen Back entrance of La Fig restaurant (via the laneway between Saracen’s Head hotel and Magdalene Church hall. The laneway runs off Moore Street, Adelaide) Every Tuesday at 7:30pm Posted Late 7 August 2016
Most governments want ever increased control over the lives of their citizens. The Unley Council is no different. When Puddle Jumpers intruded into what might become future government business, Unley Council came down hard.
They’ve decreed that Puddle Jumpers can no longer leave free food on their verandah for destitute and low income people except as a supervised event.
Puddle Jumpers has been leaving bread and other perishable food on their verandah because it becomes stale if kept until the Monday distribution.
Unley Council’s rationale was health concerns, but their real reason was the need to control the issuance or denial of benevolence. The fact that governments are failing to meet the needs of their citizens is irrelevant. The problem was that Puddle Jumpers was bi-passing an hierarchical order by going straight to desperate people
One couple that receive food from Puddle Jumpers said they were without an income for six-months after the man suffered health problems and Centrelink took six months to begin making payments.
Puddle Jumpers 21 Maple Avenue, Forestville (behind Le Cornu on Anzac Highway) email@example.com ph 0400 999 349 Every Monday at 5:00 - 7:00 pm except public holidays. 7 August 2016
Dealer stalks Frenchy
The new Ice Dealer paced alongside Frenchy who was pushing his bicycle into a laneway alongside Bici Expresso, the coffee shop favoured by police officers. Frenchy leaned back from his bicycle to maximise the distance he kept between himself and the bowlegged Ice Dealer with the scarred face.
The Dealer had snarled at Frenchy at the Armageddon Barbecue thirty minutes earlier and had followed him over to Hutt Street.
The Dealer and Frenchy disappeared from view at the end of the laneway. The Dealer reappeared ten minutes later without Frenchy. He came over to the Hutt Street Centre and eyed a few people, seemingly at ease with the world 6 August 2016
Elizabeth East free Salvation Army BBQ
Flames and smoke rising from the barbecue behind the bus shelter lifted my melancholy as I crossed Kinkaid Road to the Elizabeth East Salvation Army.
A woman with brown hair was barbecuing sausages, chicken burgers and onions. An older woman on a walking frame watched her as if she was her mother.
A man aged about 37 of ruffian appearance and wearing a brand new chequered apron and sunglasses served drinks and the hot food from behind another table. It was obvious that he thrived on helping others and had experience in the hospitality industry. He put his hands on the bottled water as an eastern-European-looking man wearing a Balkans hat insisted on standing behind the cook instead of placing himself on the customer side of the table. The ruffian was no ruffian.
Eleanor had made a pot of excellent vegetable soup using beans, pasta, celery, onions, garlic, other spices and a vegetarian stock not containing MSG. The man served it in large paper cups.
Eleanor herself was assessing people for food parcels and other stuff including bed sheets.
Two drug-addict-looking young men walked by and yelled at a smaller man near the barbecue. Inside, three white people appeared washed out and exhausted and unhappy. The man began crying, or perhaps he was smiling when he was given a cheque or purchase order. Before leaving, he and his girlfriend got some carrots, apples and potatoes from the free table.
An African man and woman came in wearing the same expressions of disappointment and despair as the white folk.
An ultra-thin old woman in tight clothing coughed heavily and a lump of red goo flew onto the floor. She filled out application forms then ripped the completed pages off the pad, but before passing the rest of the pad across the counter, he held it to her mouth then coughed thickly over the blank forms. She turned her back to me and lifted one leg upwards and sideways.
Another old women with her face powdered white and her clothing covered in cat hairs dragged into the hall her shopping jeep covered with a 3D picture of cats. She put some free books into her trolley. No one in the room meant anything to her.
An inspirational video played on a flat screen in the corner. “I want that,” a man said, and we smiled.
There was a free hot pie oven with a sign saying each person could take one item.
The Dickensian main room was covered in a fog through which grey characters silently glided through with bags of groceries, shafts of orange and red horizontal colour sparking amongst them.
As I crossed Kinkaid Road, I jumped back to avoid being run down by the cat woman in her Toyota Corolla.
Salvation Army Free BBQ plus food parcels. Fridays 11:30am to 1:30pm. 39 Kinkaid Road, Elizabeth East. (08) 8252 7196 6 August 2016
Rape on Hutt Street Centre verandah
The victim of the alleged rape on the Hutt Street Centre verandah last Tuesday morning is an intellectually disabled 33-year-old Aboriginal woman named ******. The man arrested was described as a white fella named ****, aged 43.
The Man-on-the-Street still says he saw a body bag on the verandah with something inside it. 6 August 2016
Social Inclusion inspired disempowerment
A man living at Walkerville Lodge smiled cynically when I described how the homeless joints keep secret what housing is available for homeless people.
Referral joints like Homeless Gateway also ensure that people living outside don’t have choices of housing. Homeless Gateway’s slogan is “No wrong doors,” meaning that they categorise a person. For example: they say a person is mentally ill, then ensure that this person has access only to homeless joints that cater for the mentally ill.
This is effectively a barring from other places. Similarly, a domestic violence woman will find herself sent down the stream of victim-hood joints where she will be pressured to play the role of victim. In both streams, housing will be conditional on getting treatment or rehabilitation.
The Walkerville Lodge resident said he lunched at WestCare for seven months before discovering they also provided breakfast. He said the fellows he sat with didn’t tell him. He was astounded at the lack of communication.
This social-inclusion secrecy and disempowerment infected even the people who are disadvantaged by it. It has been a curse on the lives of the underclass. 6 August 2016
(above) Ruf Us and Majestic Hotels is holding a joint event this Saturday 6 August at 9:15am on the grass on South Terrace near the corner with Hutt Street, and opposite the Theosophical Society. This will replace the usual Saturday event, which will return next week outside the locked and empty Hutt Street Centre.
(above) This is one of those interesting and rare events for men and women and held by Off Tapas Catering and Essentials for Women.
WestCare’s war against drug dealers
Management of the WestCare homeless joint in Wright Street near Whitmore Square has called a meeting next week with the police and clients about certain incidents that have occurred on the site. One influential client said the “druggies should be hunted out”. Late 5 August 2016
Thief steals computers
A thief broke into the St Bede’s Church hall in Semaphore last week and stole two brand new laptop computers donated by the Rotary Club two weeks previously.
It was the first week they had been left in the locked preacher’s room in one corner of the hall. The door lock was broken.
Two older computers were left untouched, as if the thief knew that two brand new laptops would be there. Suspicions are that it had been an inside job.
The high window at the front of the hall that faces Military Road was broken, but this was attributed to storm damage. It would have been the most difficult window in the hall to access. It remains unknown how the thief gained entry. Late 5 August 2016
John the Baptist
The Cousin worked for years picking up food for WestCare from Food Bank, Balfours and other places. He remembers his off-sider, John the Baptist, who read the Bible and muttered constantly while they drove. At pick-up places, Mr Baptist wouldn’t accept what was given, but asked, “Have you any more? Could you check around? Are you sure you haven’t any more?”
His technique was so successful that the van would be crammed with far too much that WestCare could use. Those were the days when anyone could get huge amounts of fresh expensive pastries from the free food room every weekday. Late 5 August 2016
English is Olive Bennell’s second language
Olive speaks English well, but it is not her primary language. Her preferred language is a combination of Orwellian NewSpeak and social work jargon. Her sentences in this language could mean anything.
But Olive’s good quality is that she can speak for ten seconds without breaking into high-pitched cackling, a tendency that affects most middle-aged women bureaucrats.
Of that, Olive from Anglicare is exceptional. Late 5 August 2016
Walk 30 miles
Ian from Hutt Street Centre (not the bald guy) said they’re planning a fundraising walk from Wilunga to the City as a fundraiser. Late 5 August 2016
My strange relationship with the woman at the Housing Support Program in Salisbury
I talk to her on the phone or we meet personally every year or so. It’s our little ritual. She gave me a fridge magnet upon which is printed: “Housing Support Program. If you are elderly and feeling insecure about your housing. Please ring: 8406 8227. City of Salisbury.” I did ring her.
It wasn’t a mistake. Our meetings are always pleasant. We’ve been doing it for six or seven years. I have seen her go from being a naive 20-year-old to an experienced operative. Her only change has been in the eyes: they have gone from open and welcoming to greeting me with a brief wince or squint.
Each year we talk about my insecure housing. Each year I make vague threats to move outside. On two occasions, I have. I was homeless. This affected our relationship in no way whatsoever.
Each time we speak, she says she will look into the matter of finding cheap rental housing for me. She is very nice about it, but the problem, and it is only a small one, is that she never gets back to me. Never.
At our next encounter the following year, she has no recollection whatsoever of our previous discussion. This is because she censors what she enters into her computer. Anything that doesn’t fit departmental policy gets the chop, like a newspaper editor.
When I ask her what progress she has made, she hasn’t a clue what I’m talking about. Her recollections differ vastly from mine. She hadn’t promised to advocate for me with the Housing Trust or Unity or anyone. And I’m too polite to contradict her because she’s such a nice person and I don’t want to mar our professional relationship.
Soon, it will be that time of the year to meet her again. We will go through the same routine. She’ll have forgotten everything from last year, and peer at me as if I’m making up some bizarre story. Then she will forgive me because I am an elderly disadvantaged client, possibly going soft in the mind. And I’ll sigh and forgive her. It’s not her fault. Late 4 August 2016
Piano Player Wayne criticises Quiz Night
Wayne says that participants in Quiz Night at the Salvation Army on Saturday evening behave like sea lions performing silly tricks while perched on the rocks, then thrown petty rewards.
“If I were in charge,” Piano Player Wayne says, “Prizes for the winning table would include lunch at the Buckingham Arms or Handorf Inn.”
It is a shame that management kicked Wayne out of Congress Hall because he added a unique cultural enhancement by playing the piano in the darkness of the church with the $3000 Therapy Cat perched above the keys. Late 4 August 2016
Homeless Lil with relatives
Lil has reportedly moved in with relatives after getting out of hospital. “But she’ll be back on the streets,” a friend confidently predicted. Late 4 August 2016
From the Contact Page
“Thank you for writing your blog and sharing your stories. I stumbled across it a couple of months ago and drop by for the updates. When will kiwi john get his dsp...i cannot believe he is still waiting.” Kel H.
Editor: After he won his appeal against Centrelink, they were obligated to pay him DSP rates until the result of their appeal in the A.A.T against his successful appeal. It isn’t clear if he’ll have to pay the money back if he loses. In addition, they sent him a letter last week saying they were reducing the rate to about $240 a week because the other portion is being paid by the New Zealand government, which it isn’t.
He’s up in the air about what to do next, particularly with his failing health. Late 4 August 2016
The Beast called Krokodil
AJ from Ruf Us talked about Krokodil. She said it makes Ice look like a smoke of marijuana. Krokodil is a flesh-eating drug from Russia and the Ukraine. It’s made from over-the-counter drugs and petrol and is injected.
It thickens the skin like that of a crocodile. That is why it is called Krokodil. The thickened skin is eaten away to expose raw flesh and bone. The wounds turn gangrene upon which limbs are amputated, but when it reaches the trunk and face, it is terminal.
AJ said it might reach Australia with 18 months. One can guess what fears that arouses. 4 August 2016
A working girl appeared to have finished her night shift and was in the queue. No one stared too rudely. There is etiquette in the homeless scene.
The Christadelphians gave away brightly coloured beanies knitted by elderly women in a nursing home. The colours weren’t appropriate for the mostly older men clients who dress in grey and black. “Just one, lovey,” a volunteer told The Ancient Old Lady.
The Insane Gentleman looked at me then pointed towards Crazy Cottage.
Frenchy’s face was partially covered by a hood, but that didn’t disguise his sallow and yellow skin. His liver is packing up. I’ve known Frenchy for 30 years in the homeless scene, back when he dressed in shorts and shoes only during winter. He lived in Goodwood and patronised the Wright Court Day Centre where he washed his bed sheets every day.
The Armageddon Barbecue included sausages, fried eggs, white bread, sauces, tea and coffee. Onions were in short supply. Each week a different group of Christadelphians provide the food. They pay for it with their own money. One group dislikes onions because they cause “indigestion”.
Alongside the beanies and scarves, they gave away toiletry packs, trying to target those living outside. However, most clients were from Crazy Cottage, Romanos, The Terrace and other rooming houses. Aboriginal people living outside were there, but they rarely show interest in that sort of stuff. The cruel fact is that people living outside are exhausted from the cold nights and take advantage of sleeping in on the weekends when fewer of Martin Haese’s storm troopers are on the prowl.
Hurtle Square, Corner of Pulteney and Carrington Streets, Adelaide 8:30am Every Saturday. Free. Sausages, rissoles, eggs, bread, coffee and tea, salt and mill pepper, occasionally religious books. Every fourth Saturday of the month is in front of the Christadelphian Church in Halifax Street. 4 August 2106
Gazza alive and well
(Update on previous rumours)
While the body in the body bag rumour continues to do the rounds, another version of why the police were at Hutt Street Centre yesterday morning has surfaced. A man allegedly raped a woman on the verandah in the early hours of Tuesday, the 2nd of August. The rumour says the police arrested him.
This rumour has currency with many people including a security guard at St Andrew’s Hospital on South Terrace. After telling me the rape rumour, my informant messaged me minutes later saying he’d seen Gary “Gazza” walking down the street. That piece of good news killed the rumour that Gary was inside the body bag seen by the Man-on-the-street.
Sadly, most Hutt Street Centre staff have been afraid to talk and at least two responded with fearful: “I’m not sure if I’m allowed to say anything,” replies. It’s sad that educated adults in a democratic society are frightened to speak their minds. Without realising it, they’ve become servants of an elitist power structure that needs to keep the underclass ignorant of what is happening in their own circles. Posted Late Wednesday 3 August 2016
Below are the previous rumours published yesterday:
Trouble at Hutt Street Centre The Decent Man Formerly from Kilburn arrived at 8:15am this morning for breakfast and saw the crime scene tape blocking off an area of the Hutt Street Centre.
He got in and while having breakfast heard a “couple of druggies” talking about two old men arguing earlier. One person tried to break them up, but others said, “let ‘em go.” 11:00am Monday 2 August 2016
Rumour of death at Hutt Street Centre? The Man-on-the-Street said at the Romero Soup Van at Hurtle Square this evening that he saw a body bag at the Hutt Street Centre and that someone was inside.
The previous report about two men arguing might have been the “couple of druggies” talking about the fight at Fred’s Van either yesterday evening or the day before between an Aboriginal man and a “thin white fella”.
The rumour is that Brain Damaged Gary was inside the body bag. However, this is still rumour. Let’s hope it isn’t true. Late 2 August 2016
Ruf Us on the Street
Aileen “AJ” Jefferis had attended a fundraiser the previous evening run by the IAG Foundation and CGU insurance. They chose Ruf Us for its lack of paid employees despite furnishing over two hundred houses last year for homeless people moving into accommodation.
Outside the locked and empty Hutt Street Centre, Shana was yelling and dancing in a good mood after having “charged up” the previous evening.
Another patron told how employees from the Hutt Street Centre and other welfare places reduce actual services to homeless people to devote their time conducting increased interviews and fruitless meetings. This increases their statistics of being unable to provide help. This increased amount of people getting nothing helps guarantee next year’s government funding. Overall, this means more resources are spent on fruitless interviews and data entry and less on the actual clients. It’s all quite logical, but slightly insane.
Trent arrived appearing twenty years older than his natural age of 32. His close-cropped haircut exposed over a dozen ghostly white scars from old and recent injuries. His face was clouded in despair, but when greeted he threw his total consciousness in responding without a trace of that despair, which returned once the conversation was finished.
Brian the ex-Miner, the new old girl and AJ handed out tuna patties in foil, beef and vegetable meals in aluminium containers, a particularly popular soup, coffee, pretzels, bottled water, soap, toilet paper, tissues, tea bags and bags of toiletries that Salmat couldn’t fit into post boxes. The new old girl named Laney cooked the food. She is less nervous with us than before because miraculously we haven’t attacked and robbed her for the six weeks she has been helping us.
A new Ice dealer was present. 3 August 2106
Hutt Street Centre
Management isn’t letting phone calls go directly to the Day Centre from 7:00am to 9:00am before the office opens. Callers get an answering machine until 9:00am after which every call is directed from the office. 3 August 2016
Maslin Beach Corps
Piano Player Wayne says the Salvation Army will cease to exist by 2030 due to declining numbers and that it should arrest this decline by forming a new corps at Maslin with the Army uniform being a pair of socks.
Wayne gets these ideas while walking The Therapy Cat on a leash through Rundle Mall. 3 August 2016
(above) A brief moment in time near the Adelaide West Terrace cemetery where people habituated to being blown around by circumstances have assembled a shelter, knowing it will be obliterated within a month.
Heroin flavoured Ice
An anti-Ice source on the street said that meths cooks are mixing 5% heroin with their Ice lines to strengthen the addictive qualities. 2 August 2016
(above) A White Fella homeless camp near a creek bed in the Adelaide Parklands. In the homeless scene some campers are big names held in respect, but to the general public they're objects of pity or repugnance, or curiosity and envy.
Warren’s mobile swag
Someone stole Can Collector Warren’s swag. He sleeps outside opposite the new Royal Adelaide Hospital. It was his bed.
He saw it on North Terrace. He recognised the attached quilt attached plus mould patterns formed from long periods on wet grass.
It has since moved from North Terrace to another city location. Warren has obtained new bedding including a sleeping bag from ex-gangster Vince Focarelli, who now helps people living outside.
“Someone needed it more than me,” Warren said of his swag. This was his professional easy-going homeless persona. Deep down, Warren has dark days and difficult nights. He suffers and returning to his camp, exhausted, and then discovering his bed gone was no sweet experience. 2 August 2016
Seventh-day Adventist free food
Just ten people arrived for free food because it wasn’t worth the trip. The bread was three days past its Best-By date and the hydroponic herbs were rotten. The small amounts of lettuce, raw paw-paw, apples and oranges were inadequate though the avocadoes were plentiful and fresh.
One volunteer asked clients to leave some for the volunteers and this certainly wasn’t a problem with the three tables of elderly bread.
Tea and coffee was available and the volunteers were relaxed and friendly, as they usually are.
I asked an old woman out front if she wanted a lift home, but she waved me away with an angry glance.
Mondays and Thursdays from 11:30am to 12noon. Health Care Card required for Second Bite 20 Peterswool Road, Elizabeth Park. 2 August 2016
Puddle Jumpers free food
The work-for-the-dole people under supervision from Puddle Jumpers volunteers set up four or five gazebos outside the front verandah in expectation of rain. They covered the tables inside with fruit and vegetables, frozen milk, frozen pasta dishes, bread, feminine products, shampoo and deodorant, kitchenware and small household decorations.
Clients arriving early were kept on the footpath where they were offered tea and coffee. Everything was free.
There was a minor rush when the half dozen people entered at 5:00pm. They were followed over the next hour by another dozen. Some people grabbed lots while others took hardly anything.
The vegetables weren’t that great: the cellophane packaged green beans and herbs were nearly inedible, but the chillies, potatoes and lettuce were okay.
Tea and coffee was again served with Tim Tams. Nearly everyone there were women and the atmosphere was contrastingly gentle compared to Fred’s Van.
One volunteer said they were happy because no one got paid: they were there because they wanted to be.
There weren’t any rich people there. One client lives in her vehicle. Another muttered something like: you saved me
Puddle Jumpers is similar to Cos We Care, Ruf Us, Essentials for Women, Heart and Soul and the Armageddon Barbecue in that no one is paid to do the work; they often provide the service from their own money.
These small groups without employees are filling the gap left by places like the Hutt Street Centre that has fifty paid employees and where on rainy winter afternoons, homeless people are kicked out of the day centre at 1:00pm while the paid employees remain indoors in the warmth.
Puddle Jumpers 21 Maple Avenue, Forestville (behind Le Cornu on Anzac Highway) firstname.lastname@example.org ph 0400 999 349 Every Monday at 5:00 - 7:00 pm except public holidays. 2 August 2016
More delays on Centrelink DSP appeal
The New Zealand man who lives in his van on South Terrace says his next Administrative Appeals Tribunal hearing is in October.
Centrelink is appealing his successful appeal against them in the Social Security Appeals Tribunal against their initial refusal to pay him Disability Support Payments (DSP).
He will be 63 next month and cannot get the dole because he is a New Zealand citizen despite living most of his life in Australia, including most of his childhood. However, due to an agreement between New Zealand and Australia, he is eligible for DSP. He’s had multiple heart attacks and suffers Parkinson’s Disease so that his right hand never stops shaking.
The process has been going on since August 2015 and there is no end in sight. 2 August 2016
"Crazy Cottage" killer found guilty
Luke Ford, 29 has been found guilty of manslaughter for killing Robert Fitzgerald, 53, at Crazy Cottage, next door to Angry Cottage, in October 2014. He has yet to be sentenced.
Jason Luther Curtis is also awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to killing Rose-Marie Sheahey whose body was found in the BusinessSA carpark in May 2015. 1 August 2016
Front the Contact Page
"Hi, Lil is not dead she is very much alive she was at the casino last week." From "Infidel" 1 August 2016
Edwardstown Baptist Free Markets
FoodBank visits Edwardstown Baptist church every Thursday to offer free elderly vegetables, fruit and processed food to people who can supply a Health Care Card.
Heather from the church told me that food is available to out-of-area people as well as locals, but each person can visit just once every three weeks. She also said that FoodBank keeps Health Care Card details private to themselves. However, it will, and Heather did not say this, maintain a file on each client to record what other FoodBank services they access.
Edwardstown Baptist Church Market Corner of Rothesay Avenue and Doreen Street, St Marys Phone 8276 1040 Every Thursday 10:00am to 2:00pm 1 August 2016
Free breakfasts and semi-free evening meals in Mitchell park
Marion Life Community Services offer evening meals at 6:00pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month. The price is gold coin donation or free if you’re broke.
Breakfasts for men are on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month at 9:00am. Free.
Marion Life Community Services 887 Marion Road, Mitchell Park (entry from Mary Street) ph 8277 0304 Posted 1 August 2016
Adelaide Sky City Casino
The Cousin won $25 at a Casino seniors’ raffle so he decided to spend $20 at the Fortuna all-you-can-eat Buffet upstairs. A sign said patrons could stay a maximum of 90 minutes to counter those who gorge themselves for the whole day.
But The Cousin argued with staff. The Buffet costs $19.90, but he insisted on paying $20.00 so he could enter another raffle that required a minimum spend of twenty dollars. The cashier accepted the extra ten cents until a supervisor cancelled it.
The Cousin left and went downstairs to the sports bar and entered the schnitzel challenge where for $20.00 he could get a beer and a 500-gram schnitzel plus a T-shirt if he ate the meat.
He asked if he take part of the schnitzel home in a plastic bag and still get the shirt. “No,” a casino employee said, and added, “There are cameras watching your every move.”
The schnitzel came on a 15 inch (38cm) round plate. The Cousin measured it. He was worried about eating the full amount and “almost didn’t make it,” but finished the meat, salad and chips and got the shirt.
He went downstairs and got four cups of free coffee and while drinking coffee No. 2, he saw Rachel from the Magdalene in Moore Street prance through the front door.
She made it past Madame Hanoi’s, but a security guard blocked her at the escalator. He pointed to the door then followed her as she left.
Rachel likes to jeer the gamblers, shouting “Losers” to them as they walk from the machines and tables. She even shouts at them from outside the Casino through the grills into the Barossa Cafe smoking area. She’s right, of course. 1 August 2016
More allegations about DUO Quiz Night
A source from Card Player David’s table, who wishes to remain anonymous, alleges that a player from Sleepy Bill’s table used a mobile phone to discover answers to last Saturday’s Quiz, and that this allowed Sleepy Bill’s group to win.
My exclusive source further alleges that Sleepy Bill had eight players at his table, which gave him an unfair advantage over the other tables. My source also alleges that the person who used the phone was none other than Jenny, who was the real power at the table because Sleepy Bill spent most of the Quiz sleeping.
When asked to comment, Quiz Master Bob’s face went deathly pale. He gulped three times and looked the other way.
Last week’s winner, Flourish, was not in the running because the little guy who allegedly hid under their table last week, and gave them the answers, was absent. 1 August 2016
July 2016 posts have been archived and can be accessed via the menu bar at the top of this page.