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For two Mountain View parents, being undocumented added to pandemic hardships

Original post made on Feb 15, 2022

The pandemic was hard on everyone, but for households of mixed immigration status, it had additional challenges. A Mountain View family allowed the Voice into its home to share its story of struggle and gratitude for community support.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 1:14 PM


Posted by roaksinri
a resident of Jackson Park
on Feb 15, 2022 at 2:42 pm

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The challenges facing the undocumented are even greater if the household is homeless and dwelling in a vehicle or "couch surfing" in a friend or relatives' living room or garage. Fully 20% of the homeless I serve in Mountain View are undocumented households, many are single parents with school-age children. They survive in the underground economy of cash-based labor and services. They are not eligible for federal housing assistance because of the lack of social security numbers. Homeless households that "couch surf" in someone's living room are considered "housed" by the federal and county governments. The County Office of Supportive Housing will assist the undocumented in their county-funded housing and shelter programs, but the lack of social security numbers and verifiable income still presents challenges to securing permanent housing. Pronouncements from local municipalities and homeless housing organizations with plans promoting an end to "families on the streets" ring hollow when there are no policy initiatives to help a significant number of homeless households that cannot qualify for the proposed federally funded programs...

Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 15, 2022 at 8:17 pm

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Thank you for the reporting! Unless the story is told, many will not know. But IF they Know, how many will Act?

Posted by Mtn View Mom
a resident of Shoreline West
on Feb 16, 2022 at 12:16 pm

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Thanks for telling this story! So glad the Voice is doing this kind of local reporting. Please keep up the great work!

Posted by Polomom
a resident of Waverly Park
on Feb 16, 2022 at 2:28 pm

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Could the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley work with them to become legal? After so many years living here illegally I assume they want to stay here. If there is a compassionate city on the peninsula it is MV.

Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Feb 17, 2022 at 7:52 pm

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@Polomom, isn't that a federal problem (immigration law reform that is)? Based on past bi-partisan minded efforts to fix this type of problem (NO PATHWAY to Citizenship - but Legal Residence only) I personally do not hold any hope that this will happen.

Dems (anywhere left of Center) on Capital Hill insist on Full Citizenship and Trumpites insist on ? instant eviction ?
(and I don't think there are enough Republicans toward the Center to insist on anything anymore)