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Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors OKs funding for housing, homeless services

InnVision Shelter Network will be given $150,000 annually to serve Palo Alto, San Jose

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday millions of dollars to address housing and homeless issues to aid people who are living on the streets.

"Facing the challenges of the homeless must be a shared responsibility in order to make progress in housing and sheltering the 4,000 or so who, each night, have nowhere to go," board president Dave Cortese said in a statement.

The board also unanimously approved a resolution that declares a homelessness crisis in the county, county officials said.

"We hope this resolution will prompt all our cities and agencies to take similar action and pursue policy changes to raise revenue for affordable housing," Cortese said.

The county's Housing Task Force, on which supervisors Cindy Chavez and Mike Wasserman serve, recommended the numerous items passed Tuesday by the board.

Other options the task force is calling on cities to look into include inclusionary zoning that requires home developers to make a portion of their units affordable, residential or commercial fees and zoning changes that would allow for second units on existing lots, according to county officials.

The board also approved $2.9 million over the course of three years for the Emergency Assistance Network, a group of seven nonprofits, to provide 400 beds for families, according to county officials.

"It's important for folks to know that there are places they can go when times get tough," Supervisor Joe Simitian said in a statement.

"Organizations like these are important access points for low-income residents who need emergency funds for rent, utilities and other housing costs," Simitian said.

Each nonprofit will receive $75,000 a year, with the exception of InnVision Shelter Network, which will be given $150,000 annually

to serve Palo Alto and San Jose, county officials said.

Another $1.1 million was loaned to Abode Services for repairs at the Santa Clara Inn, located off of The Alameda in San Jose, county officials said.

The board also allocated $240,000 annually for three years to Housing Trust Silicon Valley for Destination: Home, a program of The Health Trust, for employment, education and wellness services, according to county officials.

The Housing Trust will also receive $750,000 for loans or grants that will be given to community- and faith-based organizations, county officials said.

The organizations can either make repairs or expand their spaces to provide drop-in services or beds for the homeless, according to county officials.

"There is no 'one size fits all' solution to homelessness," Simitian said.

"The more we learn about it, the more we realize that the problem can only be solved on a person-to-person basis. These programs and services aim to meet a range of needs in a variety of locations," Simitian said.

Comments

4 people like this
Posted by R Wray
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 13, 2016 at 11:31 am

Financing these programs should be voluntary, not tax supported.


1 person likes this
Posted by Jeff Rensch
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 13, 2016 at 11:35 am

Important news. Our extraordinary supervisor Simitian was essential to this.


4 people like this
Posted by Curious
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jan 13, 2016 at 12:29 pm

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10 people like this
Posted by VM Shadle
a resident of Meadow Park
on Jan 13, 2016 at 12:35 pm

R Wray: I disagree. The morality of a community is best judged by how it treats its most vulnerable citizens. Given the prevalence of psychiatric diagnoses among the homeless, we able-bodied taxpayers are obliged to see to their basic needs.


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Posted by MAMAS RAMIREZ
a resident of another community
on Jan 13, 2016 at 2:05 pm

SO ONCE AGAIN THEY GIVE ALOT OF MONEY TO PROGRAMS THAT HAVEN'T WORKED SO FAR . . . . LET'S JUST KEEP PUTTING BAND-AIDS ON THE ISSUE . . .. THEY DO WHAT LOOKS GOOD INSTEAD OF REALLY ADDRESSING THE ISSUE . . . . WHEN THERE ARE LOTS OF LONG TERM SOLUTIONS / IDEAS THAT CAN BE IMPLEMENTED WHY DON'T THEY ACTUALLY FIND OUT WHAT WE NEED FROM US WHO BETTER TO TALK TO THEN THOSE THAT ARE HOMELESS WE KNOW WHAT WE NEED BUT NOBODY REALLY WANTS TO HELP EVERYONE JUST WISHES IT WOULD GO AWAY


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 13, 2016 at 3:06 pm

A link to a copy of what the Board approved would help. Along with details on exctly how the money can be spent. Too many of these non-profits seem to spend most of their money on six figure salaries for the relatives of local business execs instead of on their supposed clients.


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Posted by R Wray
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 13, 2016 at 3:53 pm

Shadle: Government is moral to the extent it protects individual rights.
Rights include individuals being equal before the law. [Portion removed.]
You may ask for help. That's charity, no force involved.


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Posted by @R Wray
a resident of another community
on Jan 13, 2016 at 4:19 pm

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