LOOKING AHEAD ... The effort to establish a Center for Economic Mobility in East Palo Alto marked a milestone this week when the proposal gained the city Planning and Transportation Commission's approval. The four-story, 100,000-square-foot building at 2353 Pulgas Ave. is expected to provide two floors of space for JobTrain, expanding the organization's space to deliver career development support and other employment-based services. "As our current facility is at capacity, the Center for Economic Mobility will allow us to continue to offer our highly effective job training and placement, supportive services and skills upgrade classes while expanding programs and services to help more residents gain access to great careers right in our backyard," JobTrain CEO Barrie Hathaway said in a press release. The Menlo Park-based nonprofit is partnering on the project with the Emerson Collective, a for-profit company in Palo Alto that works to address issues in education, immigration, media and journalism, the environment and health. "We're thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside our partners and the local community to bring this meaningful project to life," Lorenzo Brooks, director of real estate development at the Emerson Collective, said in a statement. Slated to open in 2024, the center will be designed based on community input. The project has recently found assistance through Bank of America, which donated $1 million for construction. The grant "is one of the largest the bank has awarded in Silicon Valley," according to a Jan. 21 press release.
FROM THE CONVENIENCE OF YOUR HOME ... The Palo Alto Fire Department is teaming up with Santa Clara County health officials to provide in-home COVID-19 vaccinations to city residents, immunizing those who would otherwise struggle to make it to a vaccination site. The partnership, announced earlier this month, is narrowly focused on providing vaccinations to homebound residents with tight eligibility requirements. Patients must meet the federal Medicare definition of homebound, meaning they cannot leave home due to a medical condition or disability and — if they do leave home — it would require "considerable and taxing" effort and assistance. Examples include residents who need crutches, a cane or a wheelchair to get around due to an injury or illness, or who have a condition where leaving home could be medically harmful. The in-home vaccination program began in earnest in spring last year. Similar to traditional vaccination sites, staff will stay at the home for 15 or 30 minutes to observe patients for signs of an allergic reaction. Other household members ages 12 and older can request to be vaccinated alongside the homebound resident. To make an appointment, call 408-970-2818 or visit covid19.sccgov.org/in-home-vaccination-program.
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