The Opportunity Center will hold an event today, Aug. 20, to showcase its model for combating homelessness during a time when Palo Alto is struggling with questions over how to deal with its homeless population.
The event, which runs from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Opportunity Center, 33 Encina Ave., will be a chance for the public to see how the center is working after six years in operation. It is a model that could be replicated in the South Bay, said Vanessa Cooper, director of real estate services at the Housing Authority of Santa Clara County.
"In local news there's almost a day that doesn't go by without some question about how the homeless are going to be served," she said.
Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian will speak at the event as a guest of honor. A successful tenant of the Opportunity Center will also offer some thoughts.
Cooper said the center will also announce a social-impact study that shows how long tenants stay at the center and parses out what has worked and what hasn't.
The Opportunity Center is a "housing first" facility that provides permanent housing, services and case management to homeless singles and families without placing requirements of current employment. It has provided 193 homeless households with shelter and has provided more people with support that aims to help them find their ways back to productive, self-sufficient lives, according a press release.