Homeless numbers on the rise in Mountain View
Original post made on Feb 12, 2009
Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 13, 2009, 12:00 AM
on Feb 12, 2009 at 6:52 pm
The Churches should open there doors to any and all people in need. How many churches in MV? And I haven't heard of any doing this.
on Feb 13, 2009 at 3:49 pm
As mentioned in the article, many of MV's churches participated in the Alpha Omega rotating shelter program that ended in 2006. I don't know the reasons why the program was not continued, but perhaps the Voice staff can provide further info on that part of the story.
As a member of St. Joseph's parish on Hope St, I can say that the church is continuing to assist with the Alpha Omega homeless services program at CSA. Parishoners have been signing up the past couple of Sundays to donate specific items that will be given to the homeless who are served by CSA.
I agree that this doesn't have the same impact as a full shelter program, but I imagine that many of the churches in town are doing what they can to help CSA and other agencies.
on Feb 13, 2009 at 5:21 pm
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Here is a story with some background on the rotating shelter and how the city is making the transition to the "housing first" model:
These days homeless that are looking for a cold weather shelter must go to the Armory in Sunnyvale on Maude Avenue.