Palo Alto women's shelter planned

Pilot program would offer emergency shelter to 15 women

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 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.

Sue Dremann


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Posted by HawkeyePierce
a resident of Stanford
on Nov 4, 2011 at 3:52 pm

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Posted by Janet
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 4, 2011 at 4:01 pm

This is yet another magnet for the homeless to migrate to Palo Alto. It is being driven by some Stanford students, so let Stanford give it up for the homeless.


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Meadow Park
on Nov 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Field of Dreams

"Build It and They Will Come"

Along with all the the associated crime and mayhem.

If we have to build a shelter build it by the Utilities and Animal shelter on the other side of 101 freeway, that will deter crime and give the women peace and safety.

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Posted by kate
a resident of St. Claire Gardens
on Nov 6, 2011 at 1:22 am

I applaud Night Outreach and InnVision for seeking to provide more housing for homeless women. We should certainly be able to help the vulnerable members of our community in Palo Alto. I also hope that the city and developers will work to provide many more low-cost housing units so that the economically disadvantaged will not have to turn to emergency shelters to avoid sleeping on the streets.

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Posted by user
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Nov 6, 2011 at 11:33 am

Only support if those program have some job support service, and time restriction for woman need help. We can't feed them all the time like how gov. feed these unemployed who didn't want to seek work at all.But at least pave a starting point for them.

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Posted by Phil
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Another example of Palo Alto carrying the burden for our region in terms of homeless outreach. The city already plays host to much more than its share of homeless programs and have been for decades. Our compassion, patience, and tolerance are being taken advantage of. Palo Alto tax payers also contribute a six figure allowance to fund many of these programs. Just once I would like to see another community on the peninsula do a tenth of what Palo Altans have contributed.

Just for the record, the Hotel DeZink was also the scene of a homicide that took place at one of the participating churches a few years ago. The church was on Middlefield Road near Addison Elementary School. In that case a homeless man shot and killed another during a dispute over some deodorant as I recall. It is unfair for Palo Alto to continue to deal with the potential fallout and issues surrounding yet another homeless facility. Enough is enough.

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Posted by Janet
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm

I do not want any more homeless shelters in Palo Alto. Individuals can open up their own homes.

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Posted by Seymor Butts
a resident of Green Acres
on Nov 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Not in MY neighborhood!!

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Posted by just thinkin'
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm

May I suggest that they stay up all night prowling the streets and sleep during the day - not sleeping in the relative safety of vehicles, in park doorway, etc, at night.
We don't want "them" anywhere. We don't want they to have a place to go - except "somewhere else" we don't see them.

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Posted by Khalia Parish
a resident of Stanford
on Nov 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm

All with feedback or questions are welcome to come to give input and gain information about this and other local shelter initiatives at a Community Meeting this Saturday, November 12, to be held by Night Outreach at University Church, 1611 Stanford Ave, Palo Alto, off of El Camino Real.

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