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Warren Slocum guest opinion: Housing donors needed for victims of Redwood City fire

Original post made on Aug 16, 2013

Imagine how you would feel if you and your family lost everything in a fire and you couldn't find a new place to live?

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 16, 2013, 8:43 AM

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Posted by David
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Aug 16, 2013 at 10:11 am

Thank you, Supervisor Slocum!

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Aug 16, 2013 at 11:03 am

Perhaps Mr Slocum can contact Woodland Park Apartments in EPA, since they own thousands of units, the landlord could use the good PR & these poor folks deserve a break. There is onsite security. Web Link

The portfolio manager is named Chris Peter.

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Posted by Fred
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Aug 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Glad to see the involvement and compassion. This also underscores the importance of tenants to carry renters insurance which not only protects the contents damaged but also pays for expenses to relocate. $10/month is all that is needed. It is affordable.

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Posted by Carolyn Clarke
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Aug 16, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Mr. Slocum, thank you for sharing this important issue! After care for disaster victims will quicken the healing process and help to yield a more positive outcome for us all. Our communities need support systems in place for such catastrophes.

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Posted by Downtowner
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 16, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Mr. Slocum's appeal has a little catch - it must be both "affordable" and not forever but "for as long as the tenant wants to call it home". If a landlord lowers his rent to "affordable", and the tenant chooses to "call it home" for a very long time, how can the landlord limit the duration of his largesse? Can the landlord offer reduced rent for a period of 2 or 3 or 6 months and be guaranteed that the tenant will vacate or accept an increase to a regular rent amount after that time? With insufficient money for normal rent, will SMC post security deposits for these people as it doesn't sound as if they can do it for themselves?

It's a commendable sentiment but I don't see an acceptable exit route for the landlord who may find tenants who choose to call the new place home for longer than the landlord can afford the charity.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Aug 16, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Downtowner - the acceptable exit route is called a lease.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Aug 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Here's a bit of an update: Web Link

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