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Happy 4th of July

Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Time: 11:38 AM

Earth to Mark Nolan, if you're going to carry the mayor's water, at least be honest about what you're talking about

Monday, July 02, 2012
Time: 12:27 PM

Nolan carries the water for his man…and fails miserably

It's nice (and predictable) to see Danbury Housing Partnership chairman Mark Nolan carry the water for Mark Boughton's failed 10 year plan to end homelessness…it's equally predictable to see Nolan lie to the public about the essence of the plan in an effort to defend this dishonest mayor against well-deserved criticism.

Here's what the water carrier had to say about those who say Boughton has not followed the objectives in his plan to end homelessness.

Danbury has nearly enough beds during the winter to house its homeless, Taborsak said, but come April 15, only one shelter remains open. That means with only 22 beds for the summer months and a citywide homeless population estimated at 150 people, about 130 people have become "lawn ornaments," Taborsak said. Her goal is to meet the city's plan for ending homelessness by 2016.

"We've all but abandoned the heart of the city's 10-year plan," Taborsak said.

Nolan disagreed, saying the "heart" of the plan isn't to build housing. That's a developer's job. The plan is designed to identify who is homeless and figure out who can help that person move into a home, if they so desire.

What Nolan did was simply recycle Boughton's dishonest and misleading statement about regarding the REAL objective of the city's plan to end homelessness…but don't take it from me, just read the homelessness plan document for yourself.


On a given night in January 2005, there were three hundred twenty one (321) homeless individuals or heads of household counted in Danbury. Teens,senior citizens, veterans, the mentally disabled and others were included in the count. Homeless children (of which there were an additional 69) are not reflected in that number. The 321 counted included 47 families; 8 unaccompanied teens under18 years of age; 17 young adults between the ages of 18-24 and 249 individuals.

The National Alliance to End Homelessness reports that approximately 750,000 people are homeless on any given night in the United States and between 2.5million and 3.5 million will experience homelessness at some time over the course of a year. The United States Interagency Council onHomelessness has been supporting and encouraging states and communities across the nation to develop adopt and implement 10 YearPlans to End Homelessness. Connecticut is in line with other States in the nation dedicating resources to End Homelessness. Governor Rell established the Interagency Council on Supportive Housing andHomelessness. Relying on their recommendations,the Governor was able to secure legislative and financial support to move these efforts forward.

Mayor Mark D. Boughton charged a Task Force with creating and presenting a comprehensive plan to end homelessness in 10 years. This proved to be a great opportunity on many fronts. The multidisciplinary representation allowed the many understandings of homelessness and its solutions to be shared and considered. The plan required examination of the institutional or philosophical beliefs that were useful in managing homelessness but will not move us forward as we strive to end it. The planning process has been cause to assess utilization of resources, explore best practices, develop community-driven strategies and adopt a vision for ending homelessness with stable permanent housing as the goal. The development of the plan also resulted in an understanding that the other planning bodies and planning studies that have been completed seek to create the same opportunities for people while respecting both the natural resources and the distinctive neighborhoods of each of the communities.


This plan provides the community with four major objectives towards ending homelessness and specific recommendations to achieve those. Those objectives are:

I. Increase the supply of permanent housing units to meet the projected need of homeless persons.

II. Keep people housed and reduce the number of people becoming homeless and specifically reduce the number of people being discharged into homelessness by state and local institutions and Agencies.

III. Ensure that there are adequate, appropriate and sufficient services to assist homeless or at risk persons in accessing and retaining housing.

IV. Develop a strategy to ensure that the plan is both implemented and monitored to completion.

As you can clearly see, the heart of the plan had nothing to do with identifying "who is homeless" since the city already knew how many homeless people were in the city a the time the plan was announced.



The Permanent Housing workgroup was charged with developing a plan to identify permanent housing opportunities for Danbury’s homeless population. The proposed plan must take into account the diversity of needs of the city’s homeless population and develop a framework that will create solutions appropriate for effectively meeting those needs. In addition, the Committee realizes that any opportunity for permanent housing solutions for ending homelessness are closely tied to the work of the other Task Force committees involved in this process (i.e. reducing homelessness, preventing homelessness, and increasing services and support).

Researching and analyzing these issues required that the workgroup: review and analyze plans from other communities aimed at creating permanent housing solutions to homelessness; review federal and state programs aimed at addressing the issue of homelessness; and compile data from a variety of sources identifying the diversity of Danbury’s homelessness population.

Six action areas were identified and recommendations were formulated. They are:

  • Creating an entity for facilitating housing development assistance;
  • New housing development;
  • Preservation of the existing stock;
  • Removal of possible barriers to the process;
  • Encouraging collaboration with developers,government and funding sources;
  • Leveraging existing resources.
While I won't post every point of the plan in this post, I STRONGLY encourage my readers to simply take a download Boughton's homelessness plan and read the objectives for yourself.

If Nolan is more interested in playing politics by defending the mayor's dishonesty regarding the essence of the homeless plan, how can he be effective in addressing homelessness in the city?

Volunteers needed

Time: 10:38 AM

Press release from City Center Danbury:

CityCenter Danbury’s Summer Concert Series is known for its diversity of music and audiences equally diverse. With the support of Union Savings Bank; Comcast; Ventura, Ribeiro & Smith; Danbury Parking Authority; BRT; Danbury Cultural Commission; Hat City Pools; and Downtown businesses, this summer is just getting started, and volunteers are welcome to assist in making the popular evening concerts all the more welcoming. ("The Sixties Show" is up on Friday, July 6th and "Gunsmoke" headlines on Saturday, July 7th.)

For their help, volunteers will receive a Family Pack of 4 buttons to First Night Danbury, the City's family friendly New Year's Eve celebration of Arts and Culture; discounts to local restaurants; and a post-summer reception of tapas and fine wine. To volunteer, contact CityCenter Danbury at (203) 792 1711

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Time: 11:25 AM

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On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.

The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.

Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.

Plaintiffs request declaratory relief, damages and attorneys fees.



Danbury Area Coalition for the Rights of Immigrants v.
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
3:06-cv-01992-RNC ( D. Conn. )

(02.25.08) Court docket

(10.24.07) Memorandum in Opposition to Defendant's Emergency Motion for Protective Order

(09.26.07) Press Release

(12.14.06) Complaint

Barrera v. Boughton, No. 07-01436
(D. Conn. filed Sept. 26, 2007)

(02.25.08) Court Docket

Amended complaint

Defendants' Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction

Defendants' Motion to Dismiss State Law Claims

Plaintiffs' Opposition to Motion to Dismiss

Order on Motion to Dismiss

Defendants' Answer to Amended Complaint

NEW HAVEN REGISTER: Immigrant's 2006 arrest was flawed Danbury mayor testifies

(10.05.07 (VIDEO) Boughton mislead the public about Danbury's involvement in raid

(09.18.07) Yale Law Students expose Danbury involvement in raid

(12.14.06) VIDEO: Interview with Yale Law Students at FOI presser

(12.14.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 FOI complaint media roundup

City Clerk Jean Natale standing next to skinhead sparks outrage

(10.03.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 rally

(09.29.06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 case deepens

Word of raid spread across the country

(09/29/06) VIDEO: Danbury 11 protest news conference

(09/29/06) Immigrant newspaper "El Canillita" gives best account of ICE day labor raid at Kennedy Park

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VIDEO: Tereza Pereira's ordeal with ICE agents

VIDEO: Danbury Peace Coalition Immigration Forum (April 2006)
featuring Mayor Boughton and Immigration attorney Philip Berns

VIDEO: 2007 Stop the Raids immigration forum at WCSU

2007: Community protest anti-immigration forum

A tribute to Hispanic Center Director and immigrant activist Maria Cinta Lowe

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