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'Homelessness' forum set for Wednesday

Original post made on May 24, 2008

A panel of speakers will address the problem of homelessness at a "Healthy Communities" forum, set for 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, in the Menlo Park council chambers in the Civic Center, between Laurel and Alma streets.
Mayor Andy Cohen said he has been organizing the forum for several months, and hopes it will be one of a series on issues shared by local towns.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 23, 2008, 12:56 PM

Comments (5)

Posted by I will be there, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 24, 2008 at 7:47 am

Thanks should go out to Mayor Cohen for taking the time and effort to start a series like this. Our communities face many problems and I would hope that a gathering like this will bring forth fresh ideas and solutions. I'm looking forward to attending

Posted by Martin Engel, a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on May 24, 2008 at 5:55 pm

Thank you, Andy, for doing the right thing and doing it right. St. Paul said, "Do the truth."
Your enterprise embodies this powerful aphorism. Homelessness is a blight on the richest country in the world and the very idea of homeless veterans is shameful and ought to make us commit ourselves to immediate action. I hope, Mayor Cohen, that you persist with this agenda, go beyond speakers and get support for initiating an action plan in which all of us in Menlo Park can participate and "Do the truth."

Posted by Andy Cohen, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 25, 2008 at 5:03 am

By reading the web link to Rory's recap of my series' topics one can get an idea how the three themes connect, almost. In fact the 3rd topic is schools, and it WILL happen, although possibly not 'til early fall.

The connector of panels 1 & 2 is really public safety, as PTSD and gang violence converge where the volatility of human interaction can erupt in a deadly tragedy. We need to be proactive here.

Cities and school districts need to work across boundaries to make all our lives richer and our neighborhoods healthy and safe. This is a city and sub-regional issue (both at the same time).


Posted by Greg, a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on May 28, 2008 at 8:15 pm

Thanks should go out to Mayor Cohen, but it sad that San Mateo County does so little to help the Homeless. The County Center on Homelessness is way understaffed and underfunded. But the county supervisors make it sound like there really care, topical county politics.

Posted by Dave, a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on May 28, 2008 at 8:20 pm

This is one of the richest counties, but they do almost nothing to help the homeless. One you are homeless in this county you out of luck.

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