|By Cary Vogrin, The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.)|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
- A 61-year-old who says he was staying along the banks of
- A 42-year-old who says his tents in
- A trio of men who showed up at a
The paydays are both stunning and disappointing to some who work with the region's homeless, including the head of Westside Cares, who said the issue wasn't on his radar until the mail came one day and a man opened a check in front of him. Westside Cares said up to a dozen checks have been mailed to its offices.
"I've got some of the most compassionate people on staff, and no one is happy with this," said
Brown also is somewhat conflicted about his agency's role in how funds were obtained. Several homeless people told The Gazette they asked local social service agencies to write simple letters -- just a few sentences -- vouching for their living situations.
The head of
"Any information we did provide at the client's request really would have included basic information on the fact that we were serving them or some of the types of services received, as well as where they were living if we knew that information," said CEO
Applicants also supplied
"They were extremely nice; they were extremely human to you," said one 50-year-old woman who said a