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Mountain View Cracks Down on RVs and Trailers on Crisanto Avenue

For a long time the City of Mountain View has been threatening to remove motorhomes and RVs that are being lived in along some of the out-of-the-way streets. Many people and families who live and work in the Silicon Valley cannot afford housing. Single room efficiencies have been seen going for upwards of $2,000 a month.

On September 19th at 1 pm, the city sent out police and blocked off a section of Crisanto Avenue and escorted tow trucks in to tow away the homes. The Mountain View Voice reported: Continue reading Mountain View Cracks Down on RVs and Trailers on Crisanto Avenue

2016 Free Thanksgiving Dinners

Here are places you can go for a free Thanksgiving dinner.

http://paloaltoonline.com/news/print/2016/11/21/where-to-find-a-free-thanksgiving-day-meal-on-the-midpeninsula

Where to find a free Thanksgiving Day meal on the Midpeninsula

Volunteers, nonprofits ramp up for holiday meal service

by Linda Taaffe

This Thanksgiving, thousands of community members will come together in kitchens and dining halls throughout the Midpeninsula, from the Mountain View restaurant owner who opens his doors every year to provide free turkey dinners to the dozens of volunteer kitchen workers who will spend the morning prepping and serving turkey with all the fixings to hundreds of children, families, seniors and homeless individuals.

If you are need, know someone in need or want to volunteer, here are some local organizations that will be serving free Thanksgiving meals:

PALO ALTO

Estelle Chalfin Palo Alto Community Thanksgiving Meal, All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St.

LifeMoves and Downtown Streets Team are sponsoring this annual two-day community feast. Traditional Thanksgiving Day meals will be served from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24. Leftovers and bag lunches will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25.

Needed: Volunteers for Friday and Thursday meal service; roasted turkeys and other food donations (accepted from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Nov. 23).

For volunteer and food donation sign-up lists, go to streetsteam.org/thanksgivingmeal/ or email PaloAltoThanksgiving@gmail.com.

MENLO PARK

St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room, 3500 Middlefield Road

St. Anthony’s is preparing to serve 1,000 traditional Thanksgiving meals to families and individuals from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24.

Needed: All Thanksgiving Day volunteer slots are filled. Volunteers for other year-round meal programs and monetary donations are welcome.

For more information, call 650-365-9664 or go to www.paduadiningroom.com

EAST PALO ALTO

St. Francis of Assisi Church, 1425 Bay Road

The Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP) and St. Vincent De Paul will be serving their weekly home-cooked dinner from 5-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Needed: Food, monetary donations and volunteers for year-round programs.

For more information, call 650-323-7781.

MOUNTAIN VIEW

Ristorante Don Giovanni, 235 Castro St.

Ristorante Don Giovanni plans to serve more than 1,500 guests during its free Thanksgiving Day meal that the owner hosts every year as a “thank you” to the community. The meal, which will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., includes turkey, gravy and all the fixings. Everyone is welcome.

For more information, call 650-961-9749 or email john@dongiovannis.com.

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360 More Homeless Shelter Beds for 5 Winters Approved by Santa Clara County

 

For the next five winters there should be 360 less homeless people on the streets. On Tuesday, September 13, the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors approved an $8.3 million package for emergency shelter space for the next five years. Continue reading 360 More Homeless Shelter Beds for 5 Winters Approved by Santa Clara County

Pick Up a Lifeline Smartphone (Obamaphone)

I was driving to the General Assistance building in San Jose and someone pointed out to me a group of tables on the sidewalk. There were three separate representatives from several companies (like Assurance Wireless) that can immediately provide you with a Lifeline Smartphone. Continue reading Pick Up a Lifeline Smartphone (Obamaphone)

What Is an Obamaphone or a Lifeline Phone?

Why Is a Lifeline Phone Called an Obamaphone?

The Lifeline program started in 1984 during the Reagan Administration by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission). It continued up through the 2nd Bush administration. It was meant to provide basic telephone service to those who couldn’t afford it. In 2008, the first Lifeline cellphone was issued in 2008, just three months before President Obama was elected. Continue reading What Is an Obamaphone or a Lifeline Phone?

Getting a Free or Low-Cost Lifeline Phone – Obamaphone

A cell phone is necessary for survival if you are unhoused. For emergencies like medical and other life-saving needs a working cell phone is indispensable. If you are in danger or need to report a crime, calling the police is your best option. Calling to report a fire or dialing 911 is impossible if you do not have a working cell phone or smartphone.

Follow these steps in applying for your Lifeline Program phone, more commonly known as the Obamaphone. Continue reading Getting a Free or Low-Cost Lifeline Phone – Obamaphone

HomeFirst’s Boccardo Reception Center in San Jose Now Allows Pet Dogs

HomeFirst’s Boccardo Reception Center in San Jose has always allowed service and therapy dogs for its homeless guests. The dogs must remain with the owners at all times and are often in crates next to their owners. Regular pet dogs were not allowed – until now that is! Continue reading HomeFirst’s Boccardo Reception Center in San Jose Now Allows Pet Dogs

Homeless Man Gets $100,000 Reward for Discovering Escaped Convicts (video)

 

This is one of the few happy stories reported in the news about a homeless person. Matthew Hay-Chapman recognized a van and the convicts that escaped from the Central Men’s Jail in Santa Ana. Hossein Nayeri and Jonathan Tieu drove to San Francisco in an effort to escape authorities. Continue reading Homeless Man Gets $100,000 Reward for Discovering Escaped Convicts (video)

Fire in Homeless Encampments Is a Danger to Everyone

On March 28 at approximately 3:50 pm, a fire was reported on private land called the Kavanaugh Tract. Located on the edge of Menlo Park and across the street from homes in East Palo Alto, the fire spread through grass and bushes that were four to six feet high. Despite the wetness of the area, a firm bog, and green grass, the fire spread rapidly with flames reaching 20 feet high. The fire was one of several in the past month that broke out near homeless encampments. This one just happened to spread out of control. Continue reading Fire in Homeless Encampments Is a Danger to Everyone