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News - April 8, 2022

City's ambitious plan for transitional housing hits financial hurdle

Other Bay Area jurisdictions have acquired Homekey grants, but Palo Alto awaits state's verdict on $27M request

by Gennady Sheyner

When the city of Mountain View opened a new interim-housing complex for homeless residents on Leghorn Street in May 2021, the project was hailed by Santa Clara County leaders and Gov. Gavin Newsom as a model approach to addressing a seemingly intractable problem.

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Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 7, 2022 at 1:30 pm

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I wish the City of Palo Alto knew how to partner better with private, non-profit, governmental agencies -- plenty of "surveys" and highly paid "consultants" be had at the city level. Yet. Emergency housing like this needs incredible amounts human investment to pull off. That is face-to-face action, advocacy and clear understandable plans, designs. Investing to work through the current and growing unhoused crisis (families, children, teens, moms, seniors) at hand takes ingenuity, commitment and lot's of elbow grease. Like minded people who share a common goal for the good of the people, from start to finish. It's survival time. Gennady no write up of the "Housing is Key " rent relief program -- now over. Many many Palo Alto families being served 3 day notices to vacate for non-rent payment -- at this minute as I type this here comment. Where is your investigative skills in a "free press" enviro? As a reporter you seem to hold a lot of power in choosing your audience, subject and end-goal.

Posted by carlt
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 7, 2022 at 2:11 pm

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The City of Palo Alto has as one of its priorities improve the homeless situation. It's time they put their money where their priorities are. There is a surplus supposedly in the current budget which if there was a will to do so could be put to make this project happen. Even if there isn't a surplus the City should step up to the plate before the situation gets worse. Stop building speed bumps and build housing!!!

Posted by Mondoman
a resident of Green Acres
on Apr 7, 2022 at 3:50 pm

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@carlt I thought PA has an enormous unfunded shortfall for future retired city worker pension payments. Any surplus should go toward that to prevent future city bankruptcy.

Posted by Palo Alto native
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 8, 2022 at 8:48 am

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Palo Alto needs to get its house in order before spending money it doesn’t have. Do El Camino businesses want a large low income housing project in that location? Lots of empty apts all over, begging for tenants. Open libraries daily, fix streets, underground utility lines, build grade separation.

Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 8, 2022 at 12:36 pm

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All of these comparisons to other cities. STOP It and THINK. This city is built from border to border with $3M homes. We do not have the same demographics as RWC which has a huge amount of commercial land east of 101. Likewise MV. The first requirement is available land. Next is a commercial section that has aging businesses that can be repurposed. How about the tax base of the city? FB donates to RWC. Google donates to MV. Does SU donate to PA? Did you all forget that the major land holder in our section of the bay is SU - and they run their own show?

Every paper and advocacy group is pushing their own agenda and is "working it". But no one is talking about what is required to build a successful camp. I do not think the one in MV on our border is anything to crow about. See fire trucks there on occasion.

Better to focus on El Camino with multi-story buildings which have a business on the ground floor and graduated size apartments as you go up. That is the weakest section in this city. Many empty buildings just sitting there collection weeds.

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