Homelessness on the San Francisco Peninsula (U.S.A.) – We Should Not Have to Wait Until 2020
February 24, 2012
Early Morning PST
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At the Sequoia Station I met a new friend. Like me last year, Mac E., is now homeless…… been so for seven years now. The socioeconomic conditions are such that unless you are under 30 and either have connections with hiring managers or have skills in the high-tech and biotechnology area, you can’t get a job.
Another example is Buck D. He has been unemployed for 38 months “homeless” for 14 of those months, and had only one opportunity to interview for a well-paying position. Granted it was only a telephone screening but none the less, it was an interview.
Finding resources to self-help their plight and future does not come easy. The simple stuff like eating, sleeping, showering, having weather-appropriate clothing, transportation, recreation activities just ain’t easy.
One saving grace are the county case workers, medical clinics, and a limited number of shelters, and churches willing to prepare one meal a day for the disadvantaged. St. Anthony’s of Redwood City, Glide Memorial Church of San Francisco, are two good examples of Christian treatment of the ill, seniors, veterans, unemployed, poor children, homeless, etc.
In Menlo Park, one active group formed about a decade ago – Hearts for the Homeless with a group of concerned citizens from Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. They have allied their efforts with InnVision of Palo Alto.
It is generally recognized that Santa Clara County (San Jose area) has far better resources for housing than San Mateo County (Redwood City), San Francisco, and Alameda County (Oakland area.)
In an effort to affect positive change, the following letter was written to the “movers and shakers” that are employed to help families and single folks find shelter, good food, clothing, and other basic resources.
NOTE: Only one of 15 organizations in San Mateo County [California] responded to / answered the following letter. This included two elected politicians. Sad, sad, sad . . .
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December 28, 2011
Housing Agencies for the Disabled and Elderly
County of San Mateo, California
Re: 2nd Introductory Letter & Survey
Dear Housing Coordinators:
Last December, I wrote to a number of municipal housing coordinators and received only one response.
Again I ask for your prompt action in this regional housing matter.
In the future, I would like to hear of more about housing opportunities for the disabled, seniors, and veterans in-need. Our regional unemployment is in double digits and the unemployment rate for disabled Americans exceeds 70%, therefore I believe a focus is needed to both help these people find both housing and jobs.
I am one of the lucky peninsula disadvantaged citizens with a place to live and the where-with-all to continue looking for a work assignment allowing an accommodation.
You have been identified as one of the more effective city/town housing assistance offices. I trust you not only know the growing needs but also understand how to make things happen.
Would you please send your ideas to: P. O. Box 620928, Woodside, California? One idea is to set up a charitable trust fund. Another idea is to ask wealthy faith/church-based organizations to pledge financial assistance.
The Board of Supervisors Office has informed me that the county has a ten-year plan to address affordable housing. We cannot wait until 2020.
David A. Dailey
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Burlingame – Meg Monroe
Millbrae – Ralph Perry
Redwood City – Debbi Jones-Thomas
San Bruno – Mark Sullivan
San Carlos – Mark Sawicki
San Mateo – Sandy Council
South San Francisco – Norma Fragoso
Mid-Pen Housing Coalition – Matt Franklin
SAMCEDA – Rosanne Foust
Redwood City 2020 – Patricia Brown
MHA of San Mateo County – Melissa Platte
Serve The Peninsula – John Luff
Sustainable San Mateo County – Kari Binley
Board of Supervisors – Don Horsley
California Assembly – Jerry Hill
NOTE: ONLY ONE AGENCY RESPONDED
TO THIS LETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!