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In less than a year, Mountain View builds and opens new 100-unit homeless housing complex

Original post made on May 6, 2021

Calling it an innovative new approach that can swiftly reduce the Bay Area's growing homelessness problem, Mountain View city officials announced Thursday the opening of a new homeless housing project.

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Posted by Tal Shaya
a resident of another community
on May 6, 2021 at 7:07 pm

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I was homeless for 10 years. And I think this is a terrible idea. You're not solving problems with temporary housing, when the root cause of homelessness is job loss, drug addiction, alcoholism, mental illness, etc. Sure, 100 lucky people will hit the homeless jackpot but it's not sustainable.

What are you doing as a long-term solution? People need either treatment or jobs. Handouts don't help. They only bring more homeless.

Our leaders keep finding ways to squander COVID relief on their own pet projects. I oppose.

Posted by Rob G
a resident of Shoreline West
on May 6, 2021 at 7:29 pm

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Where are these units located?

Posted by SP Phil
a resident of Shoreline West
on May 6, 2021 at 9:26 pm

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Tal Shaya My understanding is that a single person living on the street finds it very difficult or impossible to look for a job--no stable adress, no place to bathe, no place to do laundry, no place to plug in a charger for a cell phone, no internet for job hunting. Short-term housing programs such as LiveMoves are planned to get people in safe housing where they can do all of these things, and where the goal is to move people onward in 120 days or less. Medical help via a nurse on site, mental health care, and education programs help people marshall their own resources and work with case workers to get stabilized and move on. For a homeless family, all these resources including parenting programs make it possible to access exactly the help you list, for treatment of drug and alcohol addiction and other services essential for moving on.

Posted by chewie
a resident of Shoreline West
on May 7, 2021 at 1:24 pm

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I agree with Tal Shaya. A motel in SF provided by project Homekey was converted into a methamphetamine lab. Drugs kill and not just the drug abuser.

Social programs must be implemented to make sure that the homeless do not remain homeless.

The temporary shelters are helpful, but real change will only happen with social programs to get people off drug abuse.

Posted by Polomom
a resident of Waverly Park
on May 7, 2021 at 2:12 pm

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I agree with SP Phil, this amazing program will give willing individuals the first step to being permanently housed, find a job and being in our system for social services. Just like the Safe Parking Lots this is not a final destination but a step to get help where needed and wanted. We obviously will not see every unhoused MV person applying, but the people wanting to better themselves get their first try at it.
I also want to congratulate our city leaders, the speedy realization of this plan and the willingness to help our unhoused with 2 projects now is praiseworthy!!!

Posted by Tal Shaya
a resident of another community
on May 7, 2021 at 8:41 pm

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SP Phil, I'm not saying there's no benefit whatsoever to this project. But people who want to go back to work will find a way. There are plenty of ways to get help. The real hardcore homeless person isn't well enough to maintain a job. They are the ones who need help.

We have to think about what will really help. The City thought allowing the homeless to camp in residential neighborhoods was compassionate. How'd that turn out? If you want to help the homeless, use the churches. There are several downtown, at street level.

Posted by Cfrink
a resident of Willowgate
on May 7, 2021 at 10:55 pm

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The benefit to this kind of program is that it’s a community. And communities always strengthen their inhabitants. The program is multifaceted. People don’t just need housing, they need resources, medical care, psychological care, evaluations, training and education. It’s a lot easier to provide these resources to a community that’s together than it is to 100 people sprawling about thentreeets if the city. I’m certain and saddened by the reality that not everyone will be successful. But many, many people will take this opportunity and do their very best. And every person we can help to get off the streets is a member of our community that enriches us all.

Posted by Jenny
a resident of Monta Loma
on May 8, 2021 at 12:44 pm

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LifeMoves is an organization that has been supporting families who are at risk of losing their housing or might already be homeless for many years. Yes, they offer temporary shelter, but the most important part of their offering is the variety of supporting services that are also provided - budgeting and finance, job and interview prep, health, etc, etc. They have a good long term record of their clients moving on to their own housing as well.

Posted by A
a resident of Monta Loma
on May 8, 2021 at 1:43 pm

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This sounds like a wonderful program. I'm impressed by how quick it went from concept to reality. Kudos to all who were involved! It sounds like it's well thought-out, and will likely help many people who really need it right now. Is it the perfect solution for everyone? No. But it's likely that many will benefit from its intentions.Thank-you to those who helped make it happen.

Posted by natalien
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on May 9, 2021 at 9:47 am

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Tal Shaya is absolutely right! There are more than 150,000 homeless people in CA alone! 100 units is a joke and $100,000 cost per unit is also a joke. #Mountainview city should find out what is the long-term solution for the problem and how can they get people healthcare and job training. As for the affordable housing the city should examine 3D construction technologies that can print a solid unit for $10,000 each. And as Tal Shaya said these people need medical and other needs before they can find an appropriate job. Once they do, the big question is can they afford to pay $2500 for a small apt to live in!!!!! You see the problem needs a system solution otherwise it is all waste of tax payer money!

Posted by Activist Socialist
a resident of Jackson Park
on May 11, 2021 at 4:26 pm

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Short term band-aids are all well and good, and I don't begrudge the attempt to try and ease the pain currently being felt by the most vulnerable in our community, but it would be *really* nice if city were also making a genuine effort to find long term solutions, such as, I don't know, actually making sure that enough housing gets built. I worry that their actual plan is just "kick all the non-wealthy people out of the city, and call it a day".

Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 16, 2021 at 1:11 pm

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Tal Shaya = What 'other commubity' are you a resident of? When I post "my 2 cents" about a Los Altos centered civic problem, I identify myself as a Cuesta Park (MV) resident.


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