InnVision Hotel de Zink, Palo Alto's only emergency shelter for homeless individuals, is planning to open a 15-bed shelter exclusively for women, the nonprofit organization has announced.
The new shelter will follow the model of the original 15-bed Hotel de Zink, which rotates among Palo Alto faith communities and is open to all genders. Hotel de Zink: Women's Shelter will be open between mid-January and mid-April 2012 and will be a pilot program for 2012. Its future plans will be decided after evaluation, InnVision officials said.
A Stanford University student group, Night Outreach, is collaborating with InnVision. Night Outreach is committed to meeting and establishing mutual relationships with unhoused persons in the community. The group is working closely with InnVision to raise money for this program. A donation of $20 a day pays for shelter for one client. Donations can be sent to www.InnVision.org or mailed to InnVision at 1900 The Alameda, Suite 400, San Jose, CA 95126, with an indication that the donation is for Hotel de Zink: Women's Shelter.