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LifeMoves Mountain View promises to help homeless clients find stable housing in three months. The majority of them don't

Original post made on Mar 30, 2023

A monthslong investigation found that LifeMoves Mountain View's much-touted interim shelter program struggles to find its residents permanent housing, and faces allegations of understaffing, poor conditions and mishandled complaints.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, March 30, 2023, 9:42 AM

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Posted by SpeakEasy
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Mar 30, 2023 at 10:50 am

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There should be a 'general population' section of the complex and a separate section for those with mental illness and/or substance abuse issues.

Having separate men's and women's housing sections would also reduce sexual harassment incidents.


Posted by Jerry
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 30, 2023 at 5:31 pm

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I've been literally been saying this for years. (That these program are not really that successful.)
But I've always been shouted down by a bunch of Pollyannas and called a hater.

Glad to see some actual news coverage of the reality. Homeless Industrial Complex is a thing, folks.


Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Mar 30, 2023 at 5:42 pm

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How are they supposed to find stable housing after three months if their financial situation hasn't changed? If they had the money/credit score, etc. for an apartment on their own they wouldn't have been homeless in the first place. What they need is a job (those that are able to work) and if they already had a job, they need a higher paying job. The Mid-Peninsula is the last place they should be looking for housing. Even if this program had a director and enough case managers, you can't expect these people to get housing on their own if they don't have the money. Get real.


Posted by Michele Dauber
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 31, 2023 at 8:37 am

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A mixed population is not the solution for victims of domestic or intimate partner violence. Those victims need to be housed in a dedicated facility that screens more carefully and does not subject them to sexual harassment. Furthermore, the fact that sexual harassment was reported and not addressed is completely unacceptable and the County should intervene in this mess to ensure the safety of women housed in this program.


Posted by Lynne Henderson
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 31, 2023 at 2:20 pm

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I agree with Prof. Dauber (and Speak Easy)--abuse survivors should be protected/separated from potential harassers, *and* that it is appalling that repeated reports of sexual harassment were ignored by LifeMoves. (I guess some things never change. . . )


Posted by Palo Alto native
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 13, 2023 at 10:34 pm

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Look at the money…..17.6 million now 32 million in building costs alone. Palo Alto needs to do a BIG PAUSE, and not commit any taxpayer monies to Life Moves at this time. Also CC members should have a Closed Meeting with the 2 investigative reporters and hear from them directly to find out the REAL. truth , not some pr firms and Housing advocates who are so biased in favor of Life Moves, even when the data points to a very poor transitional housing program in comparison to other programs. It seems like just another hijacking of tax $$$ going to building contractors, architects, pr, managers , but not the basic homeless people they have a missing to serve. CC please do your homework! Don’t just believe Supervisor Simitiand and other Advocates for Life Moves. Do we really have millions of dollars of matching General Fund monies to be spent in this manner? The Measure ???? That was recently passed should not be spent for this poor model of transitional housing .


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