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Sun Sep 2 2012 (Updated 09/06/12)
Disabled Woman Robbed Following Exclusion from Homeless Services Center
Sun Sep 2 2012 (Updated 09/06/12)
Homeless Services Center Puts Anemic Woman on the Streets
John E. Colby reports: "On July 30, the Homeless Services Center (HSC) in Santa Cruz 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 where she was receiving shelter at the Paul Lee Loft. Ms. Morgan has trouble standing without her walker — she is five feet one inch tall.

"The HSC banned Megan Andrea Morgan from shelter there in apparent retaliation for her filing disability motivated assault charges with the SCPD against a church volunteer who is part of providing meals at the HSC dining hall on the weekends. If she was not banned in apparent retaliation for filing assault charges, she would not have been robbed. As a consequence of her disabilities and other factors, Andrea is not able to sleep more surreptitiously and less dangerously.

"Moreover, I asked the City Council to accommodate Andrea's disabilities by designating a "safe sleep zone" where she can sleep with 2 to 3 other individuals in which anti-sleeping ordinances would not be enforced. This would also have safeguarded Andrea from robbery. The City Council has ignored my request although City Clerk Administrator Bren Lehr confirmed the City Council received my disability accommodation request on Andrea's behalf as her representative and advocate."

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