The Opportunity Center serves the unhoused populations of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park, with affordable housing and supportive services like hot breakfasts and a clothing closet of donated items.
The Palo Alto City Council has decided to postpone enforcement of an ordinance that would make it illegal for people to live in their vehicles on public streets and parking lots.
Menlo Park officials are working to identify a neighborhood site for a new homeless shelter, aware that their choice may be unpopular — at least at first.
San Jose’s homeless population has grown 18 percent in the past two years, prompting divergent visions between the Director of Housing and the San Jose Downtown Association for how the city should respond.
The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted to continue a free SamTrans transit ticket program for clients of Safe Harbor – one of only two short-term emergency homeless shelters in the county.
The latest count of homeless people in San Mateo County showed a significant increase in East Palo Alto. The city does not have a permanent shelter and has hired a consultant to draft a plan for tackling the issues.
Palo Alto’s Downtown Streets Team pairs homeless and formerly homeless members of the community with volunteer mentors who help them find work and begin rebuilding their lives.
East Palo Alto is home to the largest per capita homeless population in San Mateo County, with roughly 230 people living on the streets. Project We HOPE runs the city’s only warming shelter.
The Peninsula Press interviewed a number of homeless at the event and visited the “Field of Dreams,” where East Palo Alto’s homeless once camped out in large numbers. Signs of the encampment still exist, and at least one makeshift shelter appears to be in use.
Formerly homeless and addicted to drugs, Eric Clemons joins other homeless men and women in CHEFS, a Bay Area program training them to become culinary professionals.