We believe that the Salvation Army, City of Portland, and other funder's policy of offering free food and housing to persons who
are substance abusers and/or are involved in illegal activities (A condition of the forenamed entitles have created by operating
and supporting the unrestricted access mass dormitory Recovery Inn Shelter at 313 East Burnside,) Has resulted in the Recovery
Inn (RI) being a public nuisance:
We maintain that unrestricted-access shelters such as RI are not
conductive to helping people transiton to an independent lifestyle.
We agree with Central Eastside Industrial Council's "Position statement on homeless services"
that is enclosed. We also enclosed Mayor Clark's July 19th, 1990 response to CEIC's position statement. In fact we feel
RI is incorrectly named as there are no records showing any client transferring to a "recovery"program.
While RI jobs programs claims success in finding full-time work for some individuals, it is not clear that individuals were
formerly RI shelter clients since the employment program draws applicants from all over the central city.
Shelter-based care, in our opinion, does not solve people's problems
but only enables clients to continue the behavior that caused them to be homeless;
thereby perpetuating their condition.
It has been the city's policy and plan for many years to close the shelters and provide more humane single
room occupancy housing coupled with case management services. Dan Steffey, then Mayor Clark's Assistant,
promised at several public meetings that mass dormitory shelters would be eliminated before January, 1991. We feel it
is now time to do this so that limited resources can be directed toward programs that help people solve their problems instead
ofjust warehousing them in a substandard shelter that does not even meet federal requirements for housing prison inmates or
The Central Eastside Industrial Council (CEIC) and the Central Eastside Community Policing Demonstration Project have worked
with the Salvation Army (SA) from the beginning in an attempt to improve RI operations. CEIC Committee Co-Chairs Joanne Ferrero
and Margaret Moreland wrote the enclosed June 21, 1990,letter to Bill Thomas of Multonomah County supporting SA's assuming control
of Baloney Joe's in July of that year. It reads:
The Salvation Army has been in our district for
over 70 years. Our observation is that they have been good neighbors
and operated successful programs.
Shortly after assuming control of Baloney Joe's, Captain Nancy and Ross Allemang of the SA assured CEIC
Board Members that the problems business people were experiencing would improve because of SA Rehabilitation philosophy as well as
SA's operating rules and procedures.
Soon after this meeting, Lt. Col Morelock and the Allemang's met with Greg Wentworth, Peter Fry, Stuart Shleifer, Joanne Ferrero,
and Margaret Moreland at Wentworth Chevytown and again assured those present that they could expect the situation to improve. It
was better that summer, but quickly deteriorated when the Salvation Army offered their as Portland's primary overflow
shelter and continued the former Baloney Joe's Policy of unrestricted access.
A community meeting was held January 25th, 1991 with Col Morelock, Captain Nancy Allemang, and John Simmons to air
neighborhood concerns. A copy of the approved minutes of that meeting are included with this letter. A copy of the
approved minutes of that meeting are included with this letter. Also enclosed is a copy of a letter sent to Gordon
Oliver of the Oregonian dated September 3rd, 1991 to correct some statements made in an 8/31/91 Article entitled, "Salvation
Army Chief To Move On." Copies of this letter were sent to both SA's Major Love and Major Hogan.
East Precinct Police personnel met with Major Hogan shortly thereafter to inform him of drug activity at RI. This
matter also discussed at Demonstration Project meetings. At the recent April 16th Demonstration Project meeting, Lt. John
McNabb warned SA John Simons in no uncertain terms that Police Officers knew what was occurring inside the facility and could no
longer ignore the situation.
Alleged child Molestor
National Coalition for the Homeless
2201 P St NW
Washington, DC 20037
Despite the Community's involvement and SA's good intention criminal
activity continues to flourish in and around this shelter. Drugs are openly sold outside the front door from supplies stashed inside.
Police Officers routelinely find discarded hypodermic syringes in RI's restroom as well as evidence that bindles are being
assembled within the facility. A four inch thick file of arrest made from July 1991 to May 1992 involving drug activity at RI was recently
submitted to the City Attorney as evidence in support of closing the building under the City's specific Crime Ordinance.
What will happen if RI is closed? Our observation is that most of the RI clients are illegal aliens who eat and stay at the
shelter and are bussed to agricultural job sites outside the city. Some have found selling drugs easier and more
profitable than working in the fields. Thus, taxpayers and contributors funds are being used
to support criminal activity. Closing the shelter would allow these funds to be used for more worthwhile purposes.
Former Site Baloney Joes
Nicely Plowed Field
The problems this shelter has created in our community will not be solved by transferring RI to another operation (If SA, with
their expertise cannot manager this shelter, no one else can). Nor can the problems by increasing operational
funding, hiring additional help or building new state-of-art facility. The problems, we feel, are endemic to
unrestricted-access shelters and can only be solved by closure. Concerned members of a CECI sub committee hired
an attorney in 1990 to research successful nuisance suits against dormitory shelter operations. The attorney provided
information on several lawsuits that were successfully settled in the Complainants favor. He also writes 9/24/90 Memo that
states in part:
No law requires government, social service
providers and funders to facilitate outlaw life styles
furnishing free, unstructured housing. The Law does, however, provide remedies for those injured by
governments, providers, and funders shortsighted facilitation of criminal behavior. Not only may the
governments, and providers involved be required to compensate victimes, but executives, directors, and major funders of the
providers may also be required. It is time that community decision makers realize that on the one
hand they have no legal obligation to reward those who refuse to live by community standards and laws; on the other hand they do
have an obligation to protect the health and security of the whole community. On the basis of this legal opinion and the City's pending civil action under the Specified Crime Ordinance, we maintain that the
Recovery Inn should be closed.
Captain Bob Brooks
Lt. Dan Lambert
Commanding East PrecinctChair Demonstration Project
Demonstration Project Committee Chairs: Wes Hackbarth, Environmental Cleanup-Union Pacific Railroad Joanne Ferrero, Building and Lt. John McNabb, Enforcement
Margaret Moreland, Advocacy and Resources (Morrow Building) Copy: Mayor Bud Clark Commissioners Bogle, Blumenaeur, Kafoury, and Lindberg
Police Chief Tom Potter Commissioner Paul Rader, Salvation Army, Los Angeles Major Neil Hogan, Salvation Army Harborlight.
Footnote on Michael Stoops A 1987 article by Mark Zusman and Kay Durham about homeless activist Michael Stoops,
and founder of the Baloney Joe's homeless shelter. Their story charged Stoops with extorting sex from homeless male teenagers in return for shelter and food. While a
subsequent investigation confirmed the article's charges (including evidence that a number of boys had contracted gonorrhea of the throat), Stoops was fired and Baloney
Joe's eventually closed. Nevertheless, the article resulted in a backlash at Willamette Week and a significant loss of advertising revenue.
Baloney Joes Meets Destruction
2220 NW Quimby St.
Portland, OR 97210
Article From Willamette Weekly
The Broken Halo
By 1987, homelessness had become a major political issue, thanks in part to the efforts of a charismatic grassroots activist named Michael Stoops,
founder and chairman of the Burnside Community Council, which operated Baloney Joe's-Portland's best-known homeless shelter.
A grizzled social worker from a Quaker background, Stoops was the perfect antidote to the materialism of the Reagan era: He drew no salary, favored thrift-store
clothes and lived in a skid-road hotel with two broken TVs-one for picture and one for sound. Behind the rumpled demeanor, however, Stoops was a media-savvy
advocate with a knack for publicity: He gave reporters a taste of street life through an innovative "urban plunge" program and organized an annual tongue-
in-cheek parody of the Rose Festival to crown the King and Queen of the Hobos.
But on Nov. 19, WW published what was destined to be its biggest story of the decade: a report that Michael Stoops routinely had sex with teenage boys
who came to Baloney Joe's seeking shelter. The news hit the city like a barreling freight. Stoops hotly denied the charges, and droves of supporters
rushed to his defense, bombarding WW with angry calls and letters, complaining, in effect, that the allegations were too ugly to be true.
But the city's collective wall of denial crumbled after the BCC commissioned Portland lawyer Don Marmaduke to investigate the accusations. Several months
later, after a brief effort to keep the investigation under wraps, the agency finally released the Marmaduke report, which confirmed WW's story. Stoops
resigned the same week. The story's aftermath continued for years. Stoops moved to Washington, D.C., where he continues to work on homeless issues.
The BCC collapsed, and the Salvation Army took over Baloney Joe's and renamed it the Recovery Inn. Today the shelter stands empty and forlorn on the
east end of the Burnside Bridge, its windows boarded up, its walls stained with urine-just another hard-luck story in a town too busy to care.