President George Bush Sr
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Thousand Points of Light Program
City Master Plans
Guest Programs & Contracts
This is a Guest Program or
Generic City Master plan drafted for the City of San Antonio, Texas. The system is designed to prevent clients from
shelter hopping; attempting to hang on to the service structure and instead seeks clients to
identify their individual needs and sign a Legally Binding Contract
or individualized case plan which specifically lists rights and responsibilities
Federal Statutes Created By
The Auditing Process
The Honorable Mark Hatfield
Washington, D.C. 20510-10AM
Western Union Mailgram
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722 I Street
Modesto, CA 95354
Thank you for your most recent correspondence regarding the homeless. I greatly appreciate your list of
shelters on the West Coast Corridor which currently offer work placement services. When the Senate considered
the urgent relief for the Homeless Act I added an amendment which would provide for case management to track and
assist the homeless in obtaining comprehensive services, including job training. It is likely that this matter will
come up during debate on welfare reform. Your interest and compassion are to commended.
MARK O HATFIELD, U.S.S.
09134 18:02 EST
Transient Surveys Shelters
Sunday, November 20th, 1988
Seattle Post Intelligencer
MEDFORD, ORE- In his wandering from San Diego to Seattle Chris Walters has surveyed homeless shelters and developed ideas about how to make them better.
"I'm not doing just a survey" says Walters from a phone
booth in Stockton, California."I live there. I'm a homeless person too."
James Harris, Manager of Oregon's Homeless Program, says Walters has provided information about the needs and movements of the homeless and transients on the I-5 Corridor - information that
officials wouldn't get otherwise
"I think he's doing a public service".
Walters said he worked in security for 10 years as a clerk in a bank in Florida before hitting the road. After a six month stint as a motel clerk in 1986, he was back on the road again. "If you were looking at me, you couldn't tell I was homeless." He said on the telephone."You would assume I worked in a bank or something. The only thing that would give me away would be my disintegrating tennis shoes."
His office is a notebook he carried in a small duffle bag along with a change of clothes and a few personal items.
In His travels he distributes his reports on homeless shelters
to city managers, county supervisors, social-service
departments, Congressmen, Senators, Libraries, and Newspapers
He applauds a decision in California to open National Guard Armories as shelters on cold nights and would like to see other states do the same. "It keeps people from freezing to death, "
he said. Walters ranks Oregon first in the West in helping homeless men to go back to work, followed by Nevada, Arizona, Washington, and California.
He said the short time a person can stay in a shelter makes it
harder for him or her to settle down and get a job. "When a homeless person is in Medford and his five days are up, he's not going to starve to death or freeze to death at night,"
Walters said, "He's going to go north to Roseburg or south to Redding. Most homeless move around because the homeless system is set up to encourage them to move around. He would like to see shelters allow one 30 day stay a year, so people can get a job and start a life for themselves.