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'A unique opportunity': County eyes affordable housing in Palo Alto for adults with disabilities

Original post made on Feb 11, 2020

A small, Santa Clara County-owned property in south Palo Alto may soon be redeveloped to create an increasingly valuable and rare commodity: affordable housing for adults with disabilities.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 3:56 PM

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Posted by Winter
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 11, 2020 at 6:25 pm

This housing will give our whole city a lift as it checks all the boxes - more affordable housing for extremely low or very low income adults with disabilities. That's hard housing to get built but it helps that It's on land the county already owns.

The location is as said, rich with services and recreation opportunities, including nearby Mitchell Park Library and Community Center, Cubberly Community Center and the Charleston shopping center which offers possibilities for residents and friends and family.

I trust we will embrace this project, doing what ever we can to bring it to fruition. Because that's what we do as Palo Altans.

Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 12, 2020 at 8:55 am

I think it is a great idea, but, please, figure out the required staff/visitor parking ASAP. Please don't say stupid stuff about how everybody will bicycle from Milpitas or ride the 22 bus and walk down Charleston. Address parking *realistically*, and most of us will support this 100%.

Posted by Monroe
a resident of Monroe Park
on Feb 12, 2020 at 2:25 pm

Thank you Mr.Simitian and County Board Members. Thank you for taking this initial step to create much needed housing in an ideal location for the population to be served, as part of an excellent partnership with Gatepath/Abilities United.

Posted by Greenacres
a resident of Green Acres
on Feb 12, 2020 at 2:32 pm

I think this is a great idea. I hope those implementing it will work at making it possible to restore the rehab facilities there with the pool as well, so that residents can not only get the rehabilitation nearby, but that as before, the rehab portion draws together a whole community that keeps the residents embraced by a broader community on an ongoing basis.

This is desperately needed. I hope people planning it will include universal design principles from the getgo, so that wheelchair users aren't dependent on others in an emergency (because the housing gets designed so the only egress and ingress is with help -- there is a difference between accessible with effort and universal design).

As with Magical Bridges, I hope there will be a fundraising effort that gives the designers options to make this a real community for those with a spectrum of disabilities.

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