'Tough love' for the homeless

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Palo Alto needs to shed its reputation as a haven for the homeless by enacting stricter laws and providing more human services, members of Palo Alto's business community and city staff said Tuesday.
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Walter_ E_ Wallis

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#21
Apr 14, 2007
 
That was called liberation, Bucky.
Craig

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#22
Apr 14, 2007
 
pa homeless guy,

It sounds like you are blaming someone else. I was looking for honest self evaluation.
Uncle Buck

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Apr 14, 2007
 
Craig, I think if you evaluate his answer you'll find what you were asking for.
a palo alto homeless guy

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Apr 14, 2007
 
Uncle Buck wrote:
Well then there's that third category. It's criminal that we close the institutions and pretend they are capable of fending for themselves. The Lanterman Petris Short Act never anticipated what it would become.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lanterman-Petris...
Well then when you learn to read, you'll see that I said that poverty is not a crime, it is not alcoholism, drug addiction, nor is it mental illness or even laziness.

The next thing you're going to say is "Well then why don't they get jobs?" One answer could be that California is an "employment at will" state, not a "right to work" state - at least for them...
mary menlo park

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Apr 14, 2007
 
No one has mentioned the fact that Palo Alto has recently built and opened the Opportunity Center. It is a beautiful building meant to meet the needs of the homeless. This was voted on and approved by the citizens of Palo Alto, a caring bunch!
eric

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Apr 14, 2007
 
the opportunity center was built so that PA could hide the homeless and pretend they give a fig
a palo alto homeless guy

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Apr 14, 2007
 
mary menlo park wrote:
No one has mentioned the fact that Palo Alto has recently built and opened the Opportunity Center. It is a beautiful building meant to meet the needs of the homeless. This was voted on and approved by the citizens of Palo Alto, a caring bunch!
As W.C. Fields notably said,'There is a sucker born every day'. Many folks with money want to be bamboozled. This is how the so-called Opportunity Center received its $25 million dollars in funding. Where is that money now?

As one homeless person said to me, "For every dollar they give to us, they give $10,000 to someone else."

Why would anyone think that the so-called Opportunity Center would be better than the old open-air drop in center behind the Red Cross building? As one long term volunteer middle class homemaker answered, "We can have our office in an enclosed building."

It's true that the Opportunity Center has some housing for the homeless. But those 89 Opportunity Center units appear to have become fairly permanent housing. Living there, I'm told, is like living in a police state snakepit. As far as housing is concerned, in Palo Alto there were previous housing projects supposedly for the poor and disadvantaged, such as the huge 753 Alma project, the Barker Hotel, and a few flop houses. A couple years ago there was a street project in Palo Alto that was able to fund about 15 chronics off the streets into flop units before the waiting list jumped to about 200 when the project stopped. I'm told now that the Opportunity Center now has a wait list of about 500.

The Opportunity Center still has enough space to store some material donations, like clothes, but it looks like the "drop in center" part of the operation may have to move elsewhere in time. The social workers have noticed that the residents do not want to associate with the "drop ins".
Actually, the facility is poorly designed for a homeless drop in center. The extra rooms on the ground floor would better serve the residents.

The token homeless person for the Opportunity Center fundraisers was an alcoholic.
a palo alto homeless guy

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Apr 14, 2007
 
a palo alto homeless guy wrote:
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As W.C. Fields notably said,'There is a sucker born every day'.
Sorry, my goof, it wasn't W.C. Fields who said that. It was David Hannum, a competitor of P.T. Barnum (Barnum & Bailey's Circus). See
http://www.historybuff.com/library/refbarnum....
a palo alto homeless guy

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Apr 14, 2007
 
and the quote was "There's a sucker born every minute."

Egad. Time for a break.
Walter_ E_ Wallis

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Apr 16, 2007
 
I don't believe there was ever a shortage of help for the person trying to get back in the mainstream. Those who don't want to join are less well served. Some people just want to be left alone, These people still need space, and it is better to accomodate them than to shun them because they don't want to obey rules.
anon

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Dec 6, 2007
 
how can an individual help a homeless person? any insight palo alto homeless guy would help. there's a guy i see around in a wheel chair who sleeps in the bushes sometimes and i want to help, i just am not sure how.

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