'FILTH, MOLD, ABUSE': REPORT CONDEMNS STATE OF CALIFORNIA HOMELESS SHELTERS

'FILTH, MOLD, ABUSE' REPORT CONDEMNS STATE OF CALIFORNIA HOMELESS SHELTERS

WHEN SHE FIRST MOVED INTO THE BRIDGES AT KRAEMER PLACE SHELTER, JAN WAS OPTIMISTIC.

"Within a month, everything was rotten," she said.
"Shelters are supposed to be humane places that actually help people and help them recover from life on the streets," she said.
The man who died had been a friend of hers, she said.
"He said to me 'If I don't get out of here 'into housing', the only way I'll get out is in a body bag," Jan said.
Jan knew something was wrong when the bathroom door was locked overnight, she said.
"I'd been telling [shelter staff], 'break down the door, something's wrong'," she said.
He saw similar conditions to what is detailed in the report, he said, "especially around the port-a-potties, it was full of feces.
I interview people, and I ask them 'why don't [you] stay at The Courtyard?' You know what they say?

When she first moved into the Bridges at Kraemer Place shelter, Jan was optimistic. The southern California homeless shelter, which had just opened a couple months prior, seemed clean and well-organized. “It was so fun,”...

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