A newly formed advocacy group in Mountain View called the North County Homeless Housing Coalition hopes to put an end to chronic homelessness in Mountain View by providing transients with housing.
The coalition will host its first public meeting Monday evening. The agenda is simple: Learn about homelessness, deliberate on possible fixes and "become part of the solution."
There are an estimated 300 homeless people in Mountain View, many of whom live in cars and in secluded areas alongside Stevens Creek. The group hopes to raise money to build housing for the chronically homeless, a solution which has worked in other cities, said Nadia Ilieva, homeless services coordinator for the Community Services Agency.
"We don't see ourselves as builders -- we see ourselves as facilitators," said Julie Barton, one of four churchgoers and CSA board members who started the group after Mountain View's homeless shelter closed in 2006.
The meeting will be Monday, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 2094 Grant Road at Cuesta Avenue, Mountain View.