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State grant boosts Palo Alto's effort to build a shelter

Original post made on Aug 25, 2022

More than a year after the Palo Alto City Council first floated the idea of building a shelter for unhoused individuals near the Baylands, its vision is on the cusp of becoming reality thanks to a $26.6 million grant.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 24, 2022, 8:10 PM

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Posted by Bruce Willoughby
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Aug 25, 2022 at 9:59 am

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This sounds like a good idea providing the program can eventually fund itself via fundraising efforts/donations and permanent placement can be found for the tenants after 180 days because for some, county jail becomes a default housing option for many homeless individuals.


Posted by Lucinda Jackson
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 25, 2022 at 12:07 pm

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Leasing rooms at some of the more less than stellar motels along ECR is another option.

Various counties in SoCal are taking this novel approach.


Posted by Joel
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 25, 2022 at 12:13 pm

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Could a follow up article mention public transportation availability at this site?


Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 25, 2022 at 12:53 pm

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This is good news. Anyone else think it surreal that Palo Alto has single homes that sell for more than this grant for 88 units?


Posted by ArtL
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 27, 2022 at 4:02 pm

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Here's away to support LifeMoves and have fun at the same time. Register and Donate for LifeMoves' 8th Annual Ride to End Homelessness, Sept 10.

You'll have the opportunity to ride alongside Olympian cyclists Mari Holden and Chris Carmichael and get pro tips. .You can ride a metric century with the pros (to the Coast and back) or ride shorter routes. There are routes for all ages and abilities, from 7 miles to 31 miles.

Register here:
Web Link

Rides start and end at Flood Park
215 Bay Road, Menlo Park

Event Schedule

7:00 am: Welcome, Metric Century Riders!
7:15 am: Metric Century/Advanced Ride (see route)
8:00 am: Welcome, Riders!
8:30 am: Medium Ride (see route) / Long Ride (see route)
10:30 am: Family Ride (see route)
12:00 pm: Lunch
12:30 pm: Special Presentation & Thank You's

You'll be part of an important effort to fund initiatives to stem homelessness.


Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 27, 2022 at 4:48 pm

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"Anyone else think it surreal that Palo Alto has single homes that sell for more than this grant for 88 units?"

Yup. Also surreal that the amount of the proposed business tax is about the same as a single-family home.


Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 31, 2022 at 1:41 pm

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"Also surreal that the amount of the proposed business tax is about the same as a single-family home"

Yes. It's not nearly enough.


Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of JLS Middle School
on Sep 2, 2022 at 4:46 pm

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That location is truly "out of sight, out of mind" -- no transportation, no social services, no grocery stores, no nothing. That's why it's at the end of "Terminal" blvd. With 88 units, a newly housed person might last a year. The only advantage this building will have is high turnover. Why not convert one of the many empty office buildings right in the middle of town into shelter, and quit wasting money building -- use the money for programs to assist homeless people until they can become self-sufficient, instead.


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