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Man found dead at Opportunity Center

Original post made on Nov 25, 2013

A Palo Alto man who lived at the Opportunity Center homeless shelter was found dead in his room, according to a spokesperson for InnVision Shelter Network, which runs the shelter on 33 Encina Avenue.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, November 25, 2013, 9:57 AM

Comments (10)

Posted by PA Resident, a resident of South of Midtown
on Nov 25, 2013 at 10:26 am

May he rest in peace.


Posted by Ellie, a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 25, 2013 at 11:21 am

This is so sad. I remember when my neighbor in Newport Beach was found years ago in a similar way. It is shocking. Opportunity Center has been such a needed refuge for so many people over the years. But we can't keep death from our doors no matter what a refuge home provides. Live well now.


Posted by sad, a resident of Green Acres
on Nov 25, 2013 at 11:58 am

Now we see the 2nd victim of that attack, the disabled person whose life depended on the woman who was attacked. This is only adds to the tragedy, that people involved didn't recognize his vulnerability from losing his only support system.


Posted by Martha Shirk, a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 25, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Lonnie was a sweet man who I got to know when he came to the Urban Ministry Food Closet several years ago for food. At the time, he was living in his car. He overcame many challenges with the help of InnVision and the VA. Despite his continuing health problems and his inability to work or move around very easily, he was always cheerful. He also watched out for many of Palo Alto's chronic homeless. I hope that the Opportunity Center will organize a memorial service for him


Posted by Solon, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 25, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Could the weekly publish a nice photo of him?
Some of us may winder if we know him, and when we last talked


Posted by Peter, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Nov 25, 2013 at 2:10 pm

"Tenants have rights, and they are not required to have case managers knocking on the door." (from the original story).

This illustrates one of the problems with the OC. The OC is a 'housing first' model, and that is a huge mistake. The proper model, if there is one, is 'sober first' then an opportunity for housing. Every room in the OC should be under a rule that requires a knock on the door, at any random time.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 25, 2013 at 2:16 pm

May he rest in peace, as well as to those who have passed away at other housing complexes (Lytton Gardens, Channing House, The Forum, etc).
I am wondering why this is headline news


Posted by anony, a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 25, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Solon, the Daily Post printed a photo of Lonnie this morning. (I suspect the Weekly learned about his death from that story.)


Posted by The Phantom, a resident of Mayfield
on Nov 25, 2013 at 8:46 pm

San Antonio place a sister building had 5 people pass away in that building in the last 7 years. this is the first time I've ever heard of a death add Opportunity Center.


Posted by Mayfield Child, a resident of Green Acres
on Dec 1, 2013 at 3:20 am

I am sadden by the ignorance of a few regarding this thread....
A life had come and gone and for starters one person wondered why this particular person should have had his obituary in the paper????
Are those people even aware that even to get your obituary printed in our local papers, it is a PAID for deal????? Homeless people do not have the luxury of even paying for their own obituary...let alone for a resting place when they pass on...............Hurrah for the Post posting a picture and bring us news..

"Every room in the OC should be under a rule that requires a knock on the door, at any random time.".....That rule smacks of Hitler...
"Tenants have rights, and they are not required to have case managers knocking on the door." Period.

Thank you Martha Shirk for your kind words. Lonnie was an advocate and dedicated himself throughout his own pain and suffering. May he be resting in peace....


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