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Who's Funding the Opportunity Center?

Original post made by Kate on Mar 9, 2007

Based on the decreasing availability of funds to provide basic city services to the residents of Palo Alto, City Mangager Benest is understandably proposing a reduction in the amount of funding the city provides to the homeless shelter. Does anyone knows who is providing the remaining funding for the center?

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Posted by Norm, a resident of Meadow Park
on Mar 12, 2007 at 2:54 pm

Very litte of the funding comes from the city for any programs run by Urban Ministy/InnVision, the non-profit responsoble for running the NOT a shelter Oppertunity Center. A major portion of the funding is private monies.


Posted by Kate, a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 26, 2007 at 12:31 pm

I think the lack of input on this thread shows just how little we as a community actually know about the identity of the homeless shelter's financial backers. Who are they and do they live in Palo Alto?


Posted by Norm, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 28, 2007 at 4:15 pm

If you look at the survey the city does annuually, over 60% of those polled say they have no idea about the services provides to low/no income residents of the city. I think that says a lot about how much people care about the problem. They seem to want it fixed, but don't even know if it is being addressed.
The information on who funded the Opportunity Center (mostly local, private money) and the selection of the site, the PUBLIC approval of the site, the publuic hearrings by the ARB, Planning and Traffic Commission, HRC and City Council was covered by the local media (Weekly, Daily, Merc) for the 5 plus years it took to ooze through the Palo Alto Process. They one who was suprised must have made a choice at some point to ignore years of information. If you read the posting threads, apparently unhoused/homeless people across the country know more about what goes on in Palo Alto than its residents. A sad comment on civic involvement.


Posted by Kate, a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 29, 2007 at 12:26 pm

I still don't know who funds it and I don't see any articles with any level of specificity about who, by name, is funding it. Can you direct me to that information?


Posted by Sean, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Mar 29, 2007 at 1:23 pm

According InnVision's own information ( Web Link ), the Opportunity Center cost $24M, 56% of which was provided by governemnt grants and loans. I seem to recall that Palo Alto is on the line for some sifnificant portion of this.

The OC was strongly opposed by the managers of PAMF and T&C, but they crumbled under public pressure. We were assured that the OC would NOT be a magnet for more homeless - what a crock! Even some of our own homeless were warning that it would became a big magnet.

Is is true that drunks and druggies do not need to sober up before they are accepted at OC? Worse, I have heard that there is no demand that they sober up after they are let into OC. I hope these are just bad rumors.


Posted by Kate, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 8, 2007 at 7:45 am

There are no prerequisites placed on those using the Opportunity Center. In fact, I learned that those in charge actively opposed requiring any drug testing at the shelter. What a disservice to everyone in Palo Alto, especially the kids.


Posted by Norm, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 10, 2007 at 12:59 pm

For those who haven't been paying attention - THE OPPORTUNITY CENTER IS NOT A SHELTER> THE COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY CONTROLS THE 88 PERMANENT HOUSING UNITS> FEDERAL FAIR HOUSING LAWS MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO TEST PEOPLE ENTER THEIR HOME.


Posted by Kate, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 14, 2007 at 9:08 pm

Norm - The homeless clearly use the Opportunity Center and it is a homeless shelter. Are you offended by the term? Do you know of individuals that were not homeless and now live at the Opportunity Center? It was sold to Palo Altans as a place for HOMELESS individuals and families to have a period of time to maybe get a new start in life. If that's not what it is, I'd like to know who is living there.


Posted by Staff, a resident of Los Altos
on Mar 26, 2008 at 3:42 am

That place is falling apart. I took a tour there. The floors are cracking. I hear a lot of stories of people using there. It sucks.


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