Menlo Park examines sites for homeless shelter zoning
Original post made on Sep 17, 2013
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on Sep 17, 2013 at 2:02 pm
The Menlo Park city staff has outdone itself, having hatched the bright idea of potentially placing a homeless shelter smack in our downtown residential area, adjacent to our central business district and practically abutting both Fremont Park and Nealon Park. Brilliant. That should draw plenty of shoppers to Draegers et al. What a great way to ensure "vibrancy" in our downtown.
on Sep 18, 2013 at 9:52 am
There's never a convenient place to put a homeless shelter. But I will say that the presence of the Opportunity Center near Town and Country doesn't seem to be hurting business there much. And downtown Palo Alto has a large number of homeless people hanging out, but parking there always seems to be tough to find as well.
I suspect, sadly, that we've become inured to the sight of homeless individuals and I doubt that their presence does much to dissuade us from running out to buy organic raspberries or salmon spread or single-malt at Draeger's.
More to the point, my hunch is that any shelter that Menlo Park does build will probably be used by the more functional members of the homeless population.
A different, more disturbing subset (including those who are suffering severe mental illness or substance abuse) will probably not avail themselves of the shelter for myriad reasons better understood by the case workers who spend their lives trying to help. They will continue to seek shelter outdoors, or on buses, or in churches. I doubt you'll see more of them in the downtown area than you already do, Downtowner.
on Sep 18, 2013 at 12:27 pm
Develop an amnesty plan for existing granny units ????
Can't our politicians find something worthwhile to do? Now they want to go
back and charge building fees, etc on units that have alrady existed for
30 or 40 years? Another opportunity to charge a fee !!!!!!!!!!