Archive for January, 2010

HDSW Expose Part 6: The Great Housing Scam Game.

Posted in Current Events, Expose and Investigative on January 23, 2010 by vk08

Scratching Backs, Collecting the Dough....

I will not bore everyone with the statistics about homelessness, needless to say that stats are high, and with more and more people becoming homeless due ot the recent crash of our economy there is more and more demand for affordable housing.  We’ve also all heard of the Section 8 (Housing Choice Voucher) nightmares where landlords rent substandard housing to individuals on these vouchers for the simple fact that they are on the vouchers.  I’ve heard tell stories of rats and roaches that can never be eradicated and landlords allowing pipes to break and not fix them etc, and since HUD is so slow due to being overburdened, they get away with it until of course an expose is done and then it’s all over.

However  a lot of people don’t hear about the smaller housing programs designed to assist people, Shelter Plus Care is one of those programs.  And while it’s wonderful that they continue to run the program, more oversight is needed to ensure that people don’t end up with moldy old furniture and housing that is so unsafe that you wonder when the roof will collapse (don’t worry if it does collapse all HDSW will do is say that they don’t know what they can do to help you)

In Westchester County there are 3 agencies that provide S+Care to families: HDSW, Westhab and H.O.P.E. Inc. All three of them are major scam artists, but so far it’s a toss up between Westhab and HDSW for the worst, my money right now has to go for HDSW as they seem to have forgotten the true meaning of assistance.

As for why I say it’s a huge scam They are supposedly there to help the most vulnerable homeless, families and (separate category) single people with addictions.  These agencies, however house only as many families as are needed to keep their grant dollars rolling in, in fact they will lowball the rental assistance so they can keep more of the grant for “administrative expenses” (directly out of the mouth of a County worker whom shall remain nameless.)  However for druggies they will go all out and even overlook serious FELONY actions to keep the grant money flowing.  How nice is that.  You read right, IGNORE FELONIES committed by program participants, just to keep the dollars flowing.  All of course under the guise of helping these individuals get better (while HDSW gets more grant money)  If this is not the definition of scam?

In the end it’s a vicious cycle that sees people caught in the web of lies for years without ever realizing their goals of becoming self sufficient and independant of the oversight of the HDSW organization.

HDSW Expose Part 5: Is my head stuck in my A**? Why yes it is.

Posted in Current Events, Expose and Investigative on January 19, 2010 by vk08

Hello I'm an HDSW Caseworker, how may I help you?

One of the things that never ceases to amaze me is the amount of incompetence that some of these agencies tend to have.  I’ve stated it early on and I’ll state it again, it all comes down to the almighty dollar and whatever they can do to make themselves look “perfect” in the community so that they can continue to get those dollars.  But what is the real cost of this?

Well here’s a scenario that seems to be correct, not having access to the internal thought processes of these people I can’t know 100% for sure, but observation has led to these conclusions.  Start an agency that purports to help people, help a few people, let them go out into the world and spread success stories about you.  Then you start getting the referrals and stop helping people.  Hope that the people are so happy to be out of the rat and roach infested shelters that they kiss your feet for any little crumb thrown at them and pray that they never question your true motives.  When they do, send out a couple of token success stories again, and say that the people complaining are crazy, rinse, repeat.

Seems to work well on the surface, but in order for it to truly work, you need the support of the government agencies that fund you.. That’s where you really have to start playing the kickback game.  I can’t prove that this happens, but it’s a pretty sure guess that it does.  There is no way that otherwise rational human beings could always side against a consumer complaint, and make the complainer sound like they are off their rockers 100% of the time without some sort of palm greasing going on.  People aren’t that stupid..

So if you are one of the lucky ones chosen to be a success story, feel confident that you too can learn to live with your head planted firmly up your ass, and if you are one of the unlucky majority, prepare to be screwed by some of the best spinmeisters that EVER lived.

HDSW Expose Part 4: Forgeries and Fallacies

Posted in Expose and Investigative on January 11, 2010 by vk08

We wouldn't sign your name to something, really...

Along with the fact that HDSW needs to have all of it’s paperwork in order, and rightly so, Government oversight is a wonderful thing sometimes (when it works right, and we’ll get to that in later weeks) it really is amazing that when asked to produce a document to a government agency (in this case a school district as proof of residency) HDSW come out and produces a forged document.  Quite simple really they don’t have a real document, so they produce a forged one, and hope that the person they are producing it on behalf of never finds out.

However it’s not always the case, in our case, the document made it’s way back to us and sure enough signatures don’t match up properly, and are in fact blatant forgeries.  And again when they are confronted about it, “we don’t know what you are talking about” becomes the answer you receive.

All in all, a small part that just shows how morally corrupt this agency is as a whole.

HDSW Expose, Part 3: You’re crazy (and other demeaning statements)

Posted in Current Events, Expose and Investigative on January 11, 2010 by vk08

Guess what, they're crazy, and we are right, that's all you need to know.

We’ve gone over a lot of the basics, but now it’s time to discuss what happens when you file a complaint against this gang of thugs.  Firstly, it’s not as easy as you think it is to file the complaint, the first person you need to go to, well, he used to work for them, and as such (even though he claims he doesn’t do this, it’s pretty obvious he does) downplays any complaints that may be received against HDSW.    If you can get past him, which is a miracle in itself, you get to someone who will listen, at least until HDSW give them their side of the story, which will take either of two forms.

1) I Don’t know what they are talking about.

2) You do realize that they have serious mental health issues and are not really relaying the truth.

This second one is scary.  People who may never have met you, are using the judgment of people who are still in school to get their degrees, to make a psychiatric/psychological assessment of a person.  And, they are being believed on their judgment, because they are HDSW.

Example of a whopper that they told and this one I feel very badly for our last landlord on.

We have a nice young single woman to move into your other apartment, she works, and goes to school and you’ll never hear her, she’s never home.  Trust us, you’ll love her.

2 1/2 months, Police, sinks ripped out of walls, her entire family crammed into a 1 bedroom apt, a dog later, HDSW finally got rid of her out of that apartment, but not out of their program, why you may ask?  Because she was a good paycheck for them, but here is the kicker, when a complaint was filed and finally had to have the police come out, HDSW still stood by “Well you know there’s some severe mental health issues and you can’t believe the report”, even though… the police report mirrored ours EXACTLY and in EVERY WAY.  It took HDSW 2 more weeks after the basement was flooded, just to come and investigate what was going on.  2 weeks… and who’s crazy?

Of course to the person that complains about them, they have a really good answer and I’m sure it fools some people here and there.

Our lawyer will be calling you…

Now this is effective for about a month, maybe two, but when you start to press it, they just say it louder, OR they give you 50 million reasons you can’t have the person’s name, or the person’s phone number ad how this person is going to call you… It really gets to the point that you think they are really the crazy ones, at least my imaginary friends disappeared when I turned 5….

More next time.

HSDW Expose Part 2: The Patent Answer to Any Query

Posted in Expose and Investigative on January 9, 2010 by vk08

No menas no, yes means no and We'll get right on that means "In your dreams"

In our previous segment we outlined exactly what this agency does in a pretty roundabout manner.  In this segment we will attempt to explain a little further exactly how they achieve this.  It’s relatively simple in practice, have one patent answer to all questions, OR deflect any questions with a non committal answer that makes one think that you are working on something when you are actually not.

Here’s a really good example.  “Can  you help find an agency that could possibly help replacing -X-?” HDSW Response #1: “Off hand no but we will get right on looking for one”, now this would mean to the normal person who’s really relying on this that they were doing their jobs and getting in touch with people who could help, this could not be further from the truth.  What this is is a deflection answer designed to keep the person asking happy while at the same time not really committing to anything.  In a few weeks when you ask again you will get the following answer (HDSW Patent answer 2 when someone attempts to follow up on patent answer number 1) :”I don’t know what  you are talking about”

I Don’t know what you are talking about

Or a derivative thereof is the most common statement you will hear from a worker from the HDSW agency.  Whether it be something as simple as finding furniture you need or something a little harder, the answer is always “I don’t know what….”.  Of course this answer is also perfectly acceptable to them when you get to the point that you catch them in a lie or other deception, it kind of adds to the thought that you can hear the trepidation in their voices as they choke it out….   “I don’t…. know what you are talking….. about”

There is a third answer you may hear from time to time from them, and it really is the only answer you hear at all times, but it’s normally cloaked in some other derivative of what i have already put and that’s a flat out “No we can’t help you with that, why don’t you just try doing this instead”  “But I really didn’t want ot do this, I wanted to do that, it’s what’s in my service plan..” “We don’t have to follow your service plan only you do.”

Well this is of course one of the many double standards the adhere to, what it will all boil down to in the end is, no matter how right you are, and no matter what rights you feel you have, HDSW always finds a way to circumvent them.

In part 3 we will discuss their typical response times depending on an incident…

HDSW Expose : Part One… They are here to collect money for not helping you.

Posted in Expose and Investigative on January 9, 2010 by vk08

It's all about the $$$, never forget that.

I have been holding back at lashing out at the place that started all of this issue in the first place.  For 50 years, supposedly, HDSW has been assisting people and families with getting back on their feet, in fact their own website claims that:

The mission of Human Development Services of Westchester is to empower the persons we serve and to enrich their lives by assisting them to make informed choices in determining and obtaining desired living, learning, working and social environments. The mission will be accomplished through the provision of housing, vocational services, case management, community support, and mental health rehabilitation services. HDSW will also cooperate with concerned individuals and organizations in community education, advocacy and research activities.

Now, I can tell you from firsthand experience with them, that this is as far from the case as it gets…In fact, all they care about is that cooshy paycheck from the Federal Government for all the related services they claim to be providing but don’t.  If you even try to question them, they will embark on a deception campaign that is without question akin to a mudslinging contest that would make most seasoned politicians blush and retreat.

To give you a quick overview on the program as it works.  The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development gives grants to state and county agencies to house people who are having trouble.  Those state and county agencies in turn dole out those funds to contract agencies that are supposed to follow guidelines and assist people to get back on their proverbial feet in a 5 year time frame.

Does it really work this way?  No.  What happens is the state/county agencies that are doling out the money never really check up on the contract agencies, and when a complaint is filed, it usually gets filed under “the person is crazy” or “we don’t’ have control over them, try so and so agency” In other words, the run around begins.

Now to the normal person this seems like a lot of BS and they just give up and cave to the pressure that is placed upon them.  Me? no way.  This sorry excuse for an agency has NEVER helped with anything we asked, always comes back with the patent answer of “We don’t know what you are talking about” or some other excuse why they can’t even get something as simple as a list of agencies that help with such and such.  Now to why they do this and it’s really simple.  They get a lot of money for families in their web.  Once in they never want you to leave, and they will attempt to get extension and extension for the simple fact that they want the gravy train to continue it’s journey into their wallets.  Enter a disaster, and boy will the coverup machine swing into full gear.

Under normal conditions, getting bedbugs in New York is like a walk in the park, you get them, you exterminate and you move out, you can normally save your stuff and clean it because it hasn’t been exposed ot the critters for that long a period of time.  Unless you are with HDSW.  The minute you tell them, the machinery goes into gear as to how to cover up the fact.  They will even go so far as to falsify inspection reports to schools just to get around having to put out a dime, when the situation gets to the point where they have no choice but to acknowledge it, they hire sub-standard exterminators that do a half-assed job.  Of course when it really gets to the point where you have to leave and move because after 5 failed exterminations it’s not getting any better, the secondary machine gets into gear “We can’t find an apartment for you” or “We had that one singed and delivered but the landlord pulled out at the last moment”  or even better “There are no apartments anywhere except in X area”  (X area being the most crime ridden, drug infested area of the county that no one in their right mind would allow children with special needs ot be near)

With us this went on for a year and a half (a little more actually) and by the time it was over, our savings was gone, our belongings trashed beyond repair or restoration, our bodies riddled with bites and infections from the bites, severe psychological damage to small children (and adults as well, I still wake up thinking i’m being eaten alive by 10’s of thousands of the little monsters) and what was the final answer from HDSW?  We will file an insurance claim for you on your behalf to cover your losses.  RIGHHHHHT!!!!!!!! Try again, 8 months h as gone by and what is the answer now?  It is “Our lawyer will call you”  when confronted with the fact that this phantom lawyer never calls, “We will have them call you as soon as possible”  Give us their number we’ll call them “We cannot give you th number”, of course not there’s not really a lawyer and certainly not really any claim.  More about this and much more in part 2…

Twisted Justice?

Posted in Uncategorized on January 7, 2010 by vk08

Justice is not blind, although it should be.

They have always said justice is blind, and doesn’t look at anything except the law.

They lied.

Something we are finding out is that in a family court hearing, nothing is sacred, nothing is against the law and certainly the motives of the “state” are not even taken into consideration.  The claim to be working for the “welfare of the children” but in fact, they cause more damage to the family unit than a major death could.  Dragging people and children through hoops upon hoops, through threats and coercion and through slander and lies that one cannot ever recover from.

Of course when evidence surfaces that the maltreatment is really at the hands of the ones we trust our children to?  CPS and the Schools say “well it’s only the word of a child, you can’t believe them”  but you can believe them when it means putting a family through hell?  The double standard is so out there it’s not even funny.

The next time someone jokes about calling these people, tell them it’s no joke, you better really need ot have the power that is CPS involved or else it could end up on you as well.

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