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LifeMoves seeks to build network of homeless housing projects, calling for funding and political willpower

Original post made on Jul 13, 2021

When Aubrey Merriman joined the nonprofit LifeMoves as its new CEO in April, he had to hit the ground running. Now he wants to see a rush of new developments for thousands living on the streets, but can it be done?

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 13, 2021, 12:14 PM

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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 13, 2021 at 6:26 pm

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Posted by Larry Delgado
a resident of Ventura
on Jul 14, 2021 at 9:42 am

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Posted by efs
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 14, 2021 at 10:36 am

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This is a proposal of amazing ambition and humanity. Let's hear it for Aubrey Merriman and Life Moves.


Posted by Stepheny
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 14, 2021 at 5:38 pm

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Is there a plan after "housing our neighbors" to get these people jobs? Before the unhoused move into homes which are subsidized by cities and corporations, there should be metrics for workable and working lives. There are job openings all over, but because of the Federal and State payments -- and free housing and meals -- there is not much incentive to work.


Posted by Olivia Montenegro
a resident of another community
on Jul 15, 2021 at 4:35 pm

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It would be nice if every city had a small community of these pre-fab units for the homeless population.

Kind of like a hostel.


Posted by Citizen
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 19, 2021 at 4:22 pm

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How is it that in the richest area we can still have people who are plummeting into homelessness?" Merriman said.

Because the unsheltered homeless have either mental health issues, a substance abuse addiction, or both. See the UCLA study.

People should support themselves rather than seek to burden others to pay their way. Those mentally ill or addicted place a great burden, threatening the safety of others, and via hygiene and by disease transmission. This isn't fair to the rest of us to have them endangering others. Paying for people just encourages more if the bad behavior.


Posted by eileen
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 20, 2021 at 9:18 am

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"Citizen", it would help if you did a little research on the effects of mental illness on people. Not everyone has a support system in place to help them. Addiction is often a result of trauma and mental issues. The government needs to step up and help these folks.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 21, 2021 at 8:58 am

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Many reports now of homeless who refuse to go into temporary homes because the requirements for being in the homes is too intrusive. The goal is to get them out there working and building new lives. Some do not want to follow the rules for being in the homes. Need to focus on those people who are willing to follow the rules and comply with the house rules. There is a wide range of personality types in the homeless caegory and there is no one-size fits all solution. Recognize the successes and acknowledge that not all situations are resolvable by throwing money at them.


Posted by Terrence MacCafrey
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 21, 2021 at 9:09 am

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>"Many reports now of homeless who refuse to go into temporary homes because the requirements for being in the homes is too intrusive."

True, but there is a partial solution.

In Los Angeles, the city is allowing homeless encampments and providing three meals a day at these designated areas.

The cost: $60,000.00 per homeless person per year.

Cities should actively pursue Gavin Newsom's homeless relief funds and then decide on their own whether to have homeless camps or to provide actual shelters.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 21, 2021 at 9:21 am

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where does Gavin get the money? Follow the money. Is it federal subsidy or state generated income from taxes? People keep providing solutions which only address their desired end solution. Start at the beginning of the problem - not the end of the problem. Every political topic out there is now ideology with no actual beginning and end result.


Posted by Pierce Latham
a resident of Stanford
on Jul 22, 2021 at 8:04 am

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With all of its available land, Stanford University could/should consider assisting Palo Alto in reducing the homeless situation.

A pre-screening of homeless occupants would be imperative so that only Palo Alto retains the homeless individuals with prior arrest records, mental health and/or substance abuse issues.

Palo Alto has a larger police force and is better suited to handle the incorrigible ones.


Posted by Felicity Jameson
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 22, 2021 at 9:01 am

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We once took in a homeless person and after about two weeks in our ADU, the individual disappeared one day and never returned.

All that was missing was a blanket.

Perhaps other Palo Alto residents could invite a homeless person into their homes for a short period of time.


Posted by Philomena Jacobsen
a resident of another community
on Jul 22, 2021 at 9:14 am

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We prefer to give money to the homeless people we periodically encounter on the streets.

Not much, usually around $20.00 or so.

The monetary gift is always appreciated and we view it as an extension of Palo Alto hospitality and humanity.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 22, 2021 at 10:24 am

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Posted by Dirk Halstrom
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 22, 2021 at 10:29 am

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@Resident 1-Adobe Meadows

I think what Philomena (regardless of her residency) was trying to say is that she gives money to the homeless whenever she is in Palo Alto.

Nothing wrong with that.


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