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  • Anonymous

    There is absolutely no reason why a fellow human being has to live in this situation.With all the money being wasted all over the state, why can’t we find funds to find homes for the homeless. I do not care what their pasts consists of. We have all made mistakes. We are all sick in one form or another. Some of us have just been more fortunate than others. It is not right that this lady is separated from her son. I am not talking about having them live in mansions. Just a place that is warm, safe and where they can get 3 meals a day. How can a homeless person buy food and cook it if they are homeless? We need to open our hearts and find some compassion for these, our brothers and sisters in Christs name. Animals are better taken care of in their shelters. If we can find money to provide for animals, we should certainly be able to provide for these unfortunate folks.

    • Anonymous

      I rented to a homeless person straight from the shelter. She was with me for nine months, paid rent by check through mail through caseworker, which was fine for me. Never got no calls from other tenants about how she was, until nine months later when they started smelling something bad. Went to her apartment, wouldnt let me in. I had no choice but to evict her, there was beer cans everywhere, fruit flies everywhere. Cost me over five grand to fix the place up and get rid of her stuff, she never picked it up in the thirty day period. I feel bad sometimes for homeless, hopefully they can find some funds to take care of apartments for them

      • Anonymous

        Case management was not provided, or a worker would have checked on the woman. Was this oversight, as I suspect, the lack of adequate personnel?
        Landlords, as you may well know, find gross damages made by affluent renters.

        • Anonymous

          No your wrong case management was provided, by telephone only. Never went to see her because she was afraid of people, simple, they have to honor that unless she is suicidal. If i could find her today i would rerent to her and just make sure she is checked on daily. I do have a heart sometimes

          • Anonymous

            Bless you. I think a big part of the problem is that many homeless do suffer from mental illness and do need some type of supervision. Group homes where this could be provided may be an answer-as having a number of people living under “one roof” may help cut costs.

  • The State requires a license for shelters that take in minors. Hospitality House did not/does not have such a license.

    • Anonymous

      But the kid is with his mom….we need shelters for the kid also…

  • Anonymous

    The folks who ran the home did not own the property inside this place like linen and dishes, bedding and so on, where did this stuff go? Why do new operators have to buy all new items, as the saying goes, something stinks in Rockland, and its not the dump, will be nice to see what the Manks have to say about this, there just is something funny going on here!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand why clergy, HHS, etc., who were repeatedly told there was “no room in the inn,” didn’t take some action. To shake your head and say you’re sorry is not taking action. It is almost as though there was great fear of retribution should referrants have, maybe, called each other about the problem, and, say, banded together to get answers. This story continues to read as if the operation were ultra top-secret, and as though the Manks, and the Board has vanished, when former Board members are right at hand as well. This is ridiculous.

    • Anonymous

      I agree that those who were aware of problems should have spoken up then, not now. Apparently many people turned the other way. Hopefully all will now work together to get to the bottom of all of this. If there are any valid wrongdoing suspicions against the Manks then the city of Rockland needs to examine its welfare dept. head very closely and take any appropriate action.

  • Anonymous

    I have driven by this lovely home for 3 years on my way to work & never knew it to be a homeless shelter. In fact I thought it was a closed bed & breakfast. It is a very nice, large home & I cannot understand why the capacity was for 15, even with the
    operators living in half the home. It is also on the outskirts of town, but walking distance if necessary for an intown job if employed. Sad situation.

  • Anonymous

    the manks are probably in the bahamas or some other sunny locale with the money they embezzled. good luck finding them

    • Hopefully not — some one needs to get to the bottom of this and hold them accountable for whatever they need to be held accountable for. An earlier report said Mrs. Manks works for the town – I suggest you start there, BDN…. and don’t take “No comment” for an answer this time!

  • Anonymous

    I heard the manks stripped the place. laundry, linens, woodstoves, even the dish washer. it is about time for some charges to be filed. don’t you think?

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