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.
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.
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.
East Palo Alto’s only homeless shelter is scheduled to open in time for the cold-weather season due in part to a $30,000 city grant. The city has the highest per capita rate of homelessness in San Mateo County.
On a warm Thursday at the end of September, Michelle Waters Pritchett serves lunch to the homeless men and women at the Opportunity Center, a facility in Palo Alto offering services for the homeless and people in need. Olive skinned, dark haired, and once homeless herself, Pritchett volunteers daily in the kitchen of the Opportunity