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Santa Clara County supervisors propose $25M grant for homeless housing expansion

Original post made on Sep 24, 2021

Two Santa Clara County supervisors are looking to pour $25 million into creating an ambitious network of homeless housing complexes across the county, with hopes of constructing up to 10 projects.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 23, 2021, 4:37 PM

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Posted by Jon Castor
a resident of Woodside
on Sep 24, 2021 at 12:51 pm

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We all know how important housing is. A big part of our problem is it's so expensive to build here. The LifeMoves Mountain View project is seen as much more cost effective than alternatives. It's an "interim housing facility", built in a matter of months, using modular construction. Bravo! However it seems the cost per unit still came in at $250 thousand, and per the article, permanent housing will cost more. (Derived $250k/unit from "the total cost of the project landed around $25 million... for the 100-unit facility"). Hope future projects can do even better so more can be offered housing.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 27, 2021 at 10:43 am

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The Mountain View effort is in an industrial location amid car shops and truck rental and storage facilities. Palo Alto does not have the same neighborhood with an all industrial focus. What ever we do have of that type is on the east side of 101. We do not have disposible land so quit trying to sandwich in housing in a location where you now have one story homes being torn dowwn to build two story homes. We are residential from one border to the other border. And the Fry's site never seems to get settled down to a realistic plan. Using a success in another city is not a good comparison - it is all about how much land any city has and the combination of residential and commercial.


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 27, 2021 at 11:38 am

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$25,000,000 is a mere pittance compared to the $200,000,000 big tech companies like DoorDash, Uber, Lyft et al spent to deny paying their gig workers benefits and a living wage while charging such high rates to restaurants that New York City has finally sued them for destroying so many businesses and is capping their delivery fees at 15%.

Put the homeless in the parking lots of these destructive greedy companies.


Posted by Devon Lassiter
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 27, 2021 at 12:57 pm

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> Put the homeless in the parking lots of these destructive greedy companies.

^ Despite your noteworthy sentiments, these company parking areas are private property.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 27, 2021 at 4:19 pm

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Every property has to pay insurance, property taxes, state and federal taxes. Quit making decisions concerning how companies operate if they are meeting their legal requirements. Apple just had to clear encampments from a property they are ready to build on - putting people in motels.
This is a county issue - not a city issue. The county has to allocate land they control for further homeless development. They should be putting the bulk of the activity in San Jose which has a lot of unused land. They can house some people at the fair grounds which have bathrooms, kitchens, and a lot of parking space for rV's.
Quit pushing these issues onto companies who have to pay insurance for all of this.
Quit allowing RV's in residential areas - the fair grounds is a good place for them. RV's on residential streets interferes with city services for trash, street cleaning, delivery and pick-up trucks which are huge, and emergency equipments in the events of fires, etc. People pay for these services and are entitled to rceive them with no inteference.


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