http://almanacnews.com/square/print/2014/01/16/menlo-park-loans-28-million-for-housing-on-va-campus


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Menlo Park loans $2.8 million for housing on VA campus

Original post made on Jan 16, 2014

An apartment complex designed for low-income veterans and Menlo Park residents and workers moved a step closer to reality Tuesday when the Menlo Park City Council agreed to loan the developers up to $2.86 million to help finance the project.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, January 16, 2014, 12:17 AM

Comments

Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jan 16, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

I am concerned that the proposed housing project at the Menlo Park VA facility may not give absolute preference to veterans. The proposal simply states "The primary mission of the project, from inception, is to serve Veterans who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness."

Absent a guarantee that veterans will always have priority for this housing the justification for the VA's gifting of the land for the project might be called into question.


Posted by JL, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 17, 2014 at 3:57 pm

Developers and west LA city council are trying to do the same to the VA land in Brentwood west LA.
They are trying to displace veterans to develop the site.
More info can be found on Google.


Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jan 17, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

I have determined that Veterans WILL get absolute priority in this project:

"The VA and developer will comply with the Fair Housing Act and fill Willow Housing with Veterans by creating a marketing plan that generates a full pipeline of Veteran applicants, and selection criteria that prefers Veterans. Also, 35 HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers have already been allocated to the project, which ties 35 Veterans to just as many units."