Supervisors OK five-year homeless shelter plan


The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved on Tuesday a five-year program that will provide 360 more homeless shelter beds per year, county officials said.

"Our ultimate goal, of course, is to provide permanent housing and services for our homeless population throughout the county," board president Dave Cortese said in a statement. "But we need to shelter as many people as we can in the meantime and especially during wet weather."

The program will cost $8.3 million total, including $5.8 million for emergency shelter and services for 130 people a year at the Gilroy Armory and for 125 a year at Sunnyvale's North County Winter Shelter.

The board unanimously approved $2.5 million to provide beds and services for 35 families at the Arturo Ochoa Migrant Center in Gilroy, and $3 million to convert a warehouse in Sunnyvale into a shelter.

"People need a place to go when the weather is cold and wet. It's as simple as that," Supervisor Joe Simitian said in a statement. "Having this shelter in place for the foreseeable future will help us get people off the streets, and into shelter during the winter months."

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by george
a resident of another community
on Sep 14, 2016 at 10:07 pm

There should be some kind of requirement that the homeless folks should either get training towards a job, and that they submit to regular drug tests.
Have their pay for any job go to the county to cover some of the expense of getting free food, room and protection.
Freedom is not free, and neither should help to relieve their situation.

Is it unkind to expect some payback ??

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Posted by Fact check
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 15, 2016 at 1:28 am

The problem is that many of the homeless are mentally ill and cannot meet your requirements. Letting them die on the streets is not what this country is about.

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Posted by Compassionate
a resident of Gemello
on Sep 15, 2016 at 7:32 am

And many of the physically and/or mentally disadvantaged homeless people became in their position out of service fighting for our freedom!

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Posted by Jim Neal
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 15, 2016 at 10:07 am

Jim Neal is a registered user.

@Fact Check - You should check YOUR facts. Having work requirements does not automatically mean that there are absolutely no exceptions, such as for mental illness, disabilities, etc. Having been homeless myself and having lived in a shelter, I saw how many of the "homeless" were able-bodied men and women that preferred to trade their welfare benefits for drugs.

Some controls are needed for any program, otherwise the triumvirate of fraud, waste, and able will always make an appearance.

Jim Neal
Old Mountain View

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Posted by Jim Neal
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 15, 2016 at 10:09 am

Jim Neal is a registered user.

*the triumvirate should have read as 'fraud, waste, and abuse'*

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Posted by "Tired" and True
a resident of another community
on Sep 16, 2016 at 12:45 pm

Why am I getting the political advertising face of another TIRED and True, old Democratic Party Pol when I read this article? Does it reflect Abe*Kogas opinion? Is it endorsed by her? Would it be her policy If Abe*Koga 'couldn't resist' running for Supervisor when Simitian retires? Is it also endorsed by her fan/old friend Old Pol US Representative Honda? Enquiring minds - don't really want to know. It's just odd.

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Posted by Shelter Supporter
a resident of Shoreline West
on Sep 20, 2016 at 8:06 am

Able bodied people on drugs have a disability, or at least a problem that will not likely result in jobs or their pay checks going to the County. Shelters and programs to move homeless to permanent housing provide case workers an opportunity to engage to help people become productive members of society, if we also fund the support services. Harping on welfare fraud won't change anything.

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