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Homeless man on a mission

Original post made on Dec 3, 2009

In his effort to create a homeless shelter in Mountain View, Jess Santana fights for a cause like a much younger man with much greater resources.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, December 3, 2009, 5:14 PM

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Posted by amazing
a resident of another community
on Dec 3, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Amazing story and I want to help his cause. He sounds like an amazing person and I hope that the people of Mt. View or Los Altos can help him with his mission. GO MR. SANTANA!!

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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on Dec 5, 2009 at 11:48 am

A remarkable man. I'd like to meet this fellow, he's an American hero.

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Posted by Rodger
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Dec 5, 2009 at 1:11 pm

It's sad that a rich community like Mountain View doesn't have a place for the homeless to stay, we have plenty of money for trails and the like but can't help the homeless. The building at 590 East Middlefield Road seems great and should be bought by Mountain View for homeless use, Google should help with the cost as a Christmas present to the homeless.

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Posted by SEAN
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Dec 5, 2009 at 3:10 pm

SEAN is a registered user.

i cant believe the responses im seeing. bringing a homeless shelter to mountain view will only bring more homeless people to mountain view. is that what your supporting? how many did the building hold 110 or something? crazy you guys would support a homeless mans efforts. "Mountain View and Los Altos do not have shelters for the homeless" << thats a good thing! we also do not have a homeless problem. i dont think the people of these cities have any idea what homeless people do and are like, i work in gilroy 2 days a week and they have a problem and its scary to even as much go get gas when im there. i know your efforts will fail mr santana, your continuing to just waste your life away when there are plent of old people who are doing just fine. take your 1000 a month go to craigslist and rent a room!

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Posted by Liz
a resident of Shoreline West
on Dec 7, 2009 at 3:52 pm

An inspiring story, and a much needed resource for our community.

Just a thought - why not forward this story and/or share it on Facebook/Twitter?

If the right eyes see this, he can get all the help he needs to make this a reality!

I'll be calling Mr. Santana this weekend.

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Posted by Ron J.
a resident of another community
on Dec 10, 2009 at 11:49 am

I was sorry to learn, from the article about 86-year-old homeless resident Jess Santana, that David Mace, a former colleague of mine, a Los Altos resident, Police Officer and Mtn. View business man, had become homeless.
I am a former Mtn. View resident (Middlefield/Moffett Blvd. area) and long time employee with the City of Los Altos (since retired). As such I find myself compelled to reply to the blissful ignorance of SEAN (posting on 12/5) regarding his knowledge of the ‘homeless’. The fact is, SEAN that the lack of a ‘homeless shelter’ does not reduce the presence of ‘homeless’ in an area that to them is “home”. The fact is that most of the ‘homeless’ in an area are there because that is where they lived when they had a home and like you, they feel safe there! SEAN quote; “"Mountain View and Los Altos do not have shelters for the homeless" << thats a good thing! we also do not have a homeless problem.” You most certainly do have a homeless problem! And it not the form of problem to which you are inferring; the problem is that people are homeless. I don’t know what the numbers are today but in the late 80’s and early 90’s there were a solid 15 or so homeless living on the streets and parking lots in Los Altos night to night. That number varied some on any given night, depending on which side of the El Camino Real the ‘homeless’ chose to camp out on. Most of these unfortunate people were “working” homeless living, like Mr. Santana in their vehicles and doing the best that they could with what they had. I had knowledge of and supported the rotating, church-based shelter that moved from church to church every 28 days back then. To the best of my knowledge there were no undesirable incidents or negative impact on the neighborhoods surrounding these temporary “church shelters”. These people were not busying themselves committing crimes; they busied themselves with efforts to survive while they worked to bring back some sense of a normal life and for the most part were invisible by day. The criminals are out there, but that does not mean that the homeless are criminals. Congratulations to Mr. Jess Santana for his personal survival and his efforts on behalf of the local ‘homeless residents’.
As for you SEAN, wake up and acknowledge the facts. Chances are that like many of us, you are but one pay check away from homelessness! If you continue to bury your head in the sand, the only thing left exposed is your butt.

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Posted by Daniel DeBolt
Mountain View Voice Staff Writer
on Dec 10, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Daniel DeBolt is a registered user.

An official count in January found 173 homeless in the Mountain View-Los Altos area.

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