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Homeless Services Center puts anemic woman on the streets where she can be raped or robbed
by John E. Colby
Thursday Aug 2nd, 2012 2:41 AM
On July 30, 2012, the Homeless Services Center (HSC) threw Megan Andrea Morgan — a severely disabled woman who suffers from anemia and other disabilities which cause her severe fatigue and exhaustion — onto the street, denying her access to the HSC campus for seven days where she was receiving shelter at the Paul Lee Loft.

On Sunday, July 29, 2012, Ms. Morgan was physically assaulted by a volunteer from Elevation Church of the Authentic Relevant Jesus — http://new.elevationsc.org/ — who claiming Ms. Morgan was not disabled, placed his hands upon her, physically removing her from the HSC dining hall. On Sundays the Elevation Church holds a breakfast at the HSC dining hall where they force homeless diners to attend prayers and a sermon. On Tuesday, July 31, 2102, Ms. Morgan, accompanied by my sister Patricia Colby as her representative and advocate on my behalf, pressed assault charges against this Elevations Church volunteer. Ms. Morgan has trouble standing without her walker — she is five feet one inch tall.

On the night of Monday July 30, 2012, HSC guard Jeremy Miller — who HSC Programs Director Shelley McKittrick confirmed to me is a former Crips gang member — refused Ms. Morgan access back onto the HSC lot in order to receive shelter for the night. He did not provide her an explanation, only saying that she was to be denied access to the HSC campus for seven days.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, July 31, 2012, I telephoned Ms. McKittrick who claimed that Ms. Morgan had assaulted this church volunteer. When I asked the name of the church (Elevations Church of the Authentic Relevant Jesus http://new.elevationsc.org/), Ms. McKittrick claimed she didn't know the name of the church which provides Sunday breakfasts to homeless diners at the HSC, requiring them to attend prayers and a sermon.

Ms. McKittrick claimed she had four witnesses who claimed Ms. Morgan — who is five feet one inch tall, suffers from anemia and chronic fatigue and exhaustion — assaulted this church volunteer. Ms. McKittrick refused to name these alleged witnesses. Ms. McKittrick claimed that an incident report had been written up. I asked her to fax me this report. Ms. McKittrick agreed to fax me this report, but three days later she has still not faxed it to me.

When I informed Ms. McKittrick that it appeared she had retaliated against Ms. Morgan because of my communications to her — specifically about Ms. McKittrick's lie about the HSC's "no impact zones", my request that Ms. McKittrick cease enforcing its illegal "no impact zones" against Ms. Morgan and that Ms. McKittrick provide Ms. Morgan her requested disability accommodation for a horizontal place to rest during the day on the HSC campus when the shelters there are closed — Ms. McKittrick claimed that she hadn't read my emails to her. This seems disingenuous since these emails were carbon copied to local and regional news media contacts, senior officials at HUD, the Santa Cruz City Council and senior Santa Cruz city officials. These emails were also carbon copied to Ms. McKittrick's supervisor, HSC Executive Director Monica Martinez. Why would Ms. McKittrick and Ms. Martinez not read such emails?

Ms. McKittrick insists on enforcing "no impact zones" against Ms. Morgan on private and public property around the HSC which the HSC has unilaterally created with no authority from the City of Santa Cruz. Please see the email from Santa Cruz Records Coordinator Nydia Patiño claiming the City of Santa Cruz has no records about these "no impact zones". I informed Ms. McKittrick that she had lied about claiming the HSC had been granted authority from the City of Santa Cruz to enforce these "no impact zones" yet Ms. McKittrick insists on continuing to enforce them with no official authority to do so on public and private property surrounding the HSC — she insists on discriminating against Ms. Morgan.

When I informed Ms. McKittrick that Ms. Morgan had been denied a federal benefit without providing her due process rights to dispute Ms. McKittrick's decision to ban Ms. Morgan from the HSC campus — putting Ms. Morgan on the streets where she is vulnerable to rape and robbery — Ms. McKittrick claimed that Ms. Morgan has no due process rights. Although I explained to Ms. McKittrick that because the HSC receives federal funding through the City and County of Santa Cruz, making their services to the homeless federal benefits, Ms. McKittrick clung to her claim that Ms. Morgan has no due process rights.

After Ms. Morgan filed assault charges with the Santa Cruz Police Department against the Elevation Church volunteer who assaulted her last Sunday, July 29, 2012, I sent the email above petitioning Santa Cruz Mayor Don Lane, the Santa Cruz City Council and the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors to require Ms. McKittrick to reinstate Ms. Morgan at the HSC and to ensure Ms. Morgan is provided her due process rights, which are guaranteed her under federal law and federal regulations. I asked for a written response to my petition for action, yet these government bodies refuse to answer my claims and requests regarding Ms. Morgan.

The City and County of Santa Cruz are sanctioning Ms. McKittrick forcing Ms. Morgan onto the streets of Santa Cruz — where she could be raped or robbed — without any due process. The City and County of Santa Cruz fund the HSC and oversee its programs. Why won't they enforce their oversight powers to require Ms. McKittrick to reinstate Ms. Morgan at the HSC campus and provide Ms. Morgan her due process rights? It seems that the City and County of Santa Cruz are colluding with Ms. McKittrick in her retaliation against Ms. Morgan for my advocacy, further discriminating against Ms. Morgan based upon her disabilities.

I have filed a complaint with a federal agency about Ms. Morgan being discriminated against by the HSC, and in particular by Ms. McKittrick.

Ms. Morgan, who is anemic and suffers from other debilitating medical conditions, is chronically exhausted and fatigued. She cannot walk anything but short distances without her walker. She is five feet one inch tall.

Ms. Morgan, who is anemic and suffers from other debilitating medical conditions, is chronically exhausted and fatigued. She cannot walk anything but short distances without her walker. She is five feet one inch tall.

The HSC is enforcing its unilaterally declared "no impact zones" on public and private property surrounding the HSC campus with no authority to do so — these "no impact zones" are illegal. HSC Programs Director Shelley McKittrick lied to me, claiming the HSC had an agreement with the City of Santa Cruz authorizing the HSC to enforce these "no impact zones" on public and private property in a two block area around the HSC campus. Ms. McKittrick insists on enforcing these illegal "no impact zones" against Ms. Morgan, discriminating against her based upon her disabilities.
§Request safe sleep zone from SC City/County for Megan Andrea Morgan
by John E. Colby Sunday Aug 5th, 2012 2:58 PM

Because the City and County of Santa Cruz are criminalizing Ms. Morgan's homelessness — which is caused by her disabilities — they are criminalizing her disabilities.

Consequently, as her accepted representative/advocate, I made an immediate disability accommodation request to Santa Cruz Mayor Don Lane, the Santa Cruz City Council and the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors to provide Ms. Morgan a safe sleep zone, where her sleeping and those of 2-3 companions will not be criminalized.

It can be viewed above.

I telephoned the Santa Cruz Police Department (SCPD) Investigations Section on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 about the status of their investigation of an assault by a volunteer from Elevation Church — http://new.elevationsc.org/ — against Megan Andrea Morgan who I represent and advocate for on Sunday, July 29, 2012. When Ms. Morgan was interviewed on Tuesday, August 1, 2012 by SCPD Officer Peabody with my sister serving as my surrogate representative and advocate, Officer Peabody indicated that the case was being referred to a detective from the Investigations Section.

A week later, I was told the case had not yet been assigned to a detective. When I asked if the case had been collecting dust for a week, the Investigations Section staff person I was speaking with became defensive and said they were not authorized to share information about the investigation with me. I asked them what was necessary so that I could receive information, as Ms. Morgan's stated representative and advocate to Officer Peabody, about this investigation. After consulting with their supervisor, they referred me to SCPD Records Manager Trisha Husome.

I left a voicemail that afternoon for Ms. Husome, as well as sending her the downloadable email. Ms. Husome has not yet responded to me.

Why has this investigation been delayed for over a week? Why won't Ms. Husome respond to my queries about allowing Ms. Morgan to designate me as her representative and advocate so that I may receive information about the investigation of this assault against her?

Now Tracey Heggum, Manager of the River Street Shelter who refuses to acknowledge me as a representative and advocate for their clients in violation of several federal disability laws, claims that five foot one inch tall Ms. Morgan "knocked over" this 180+ pound church volunteer, and refuses to move Ms. Morgan past position number 1 for the next 30 days, all without due process.

The Homeless Services Center still refuses to fax me the incident report and their side of the story about this assault. Why didn't they file a case against Ms. Morgan with the SCPD if she "knocked over" this Elevation church volunteer? Why won't they provide me this information so that I can pass it on to the SCPD?

In the meantime, Ms. Morgan is not allowed to shower nor to eat at the Homeless Services Center. The Homeless Services Center is cruelly punishing Ms. Morgan for their church volunteer assaulting her and because Ms. Morgan filed assault charges with the SCPD against him.
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