By Mike Colgan

SUNNYVALE (KCBS) – With the rainy season starting up, finding shelter for the homeless becomes more critical and plans are now in the works to turn a Sunnyvale armory into an affordable housing project.

The Sunnyvale armory has been used as a winter shelter for the past 20 years, and now the city is working on a deal to sell the site to a shelter provider. That would create permanent affordable housing, which is desperately needed in the area.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Report:

”There are only 1,000 emergency shelter beds during the cold winter months, and there’s 7,000 people who are on the streets on any given night,” said Jennifer Van Every, with EHC Lifebuilders, the largest shelter provider in the county.

She said that the need is always ratcheted up this time of year.

”It’s very important to provide homeless individuals and families with shelter during the cold winter months. It’s important that they get off of the streets, and into a safe and dry place. It’s critical to their health and safety.”

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Comments (2)
  1. BusTheHomelessToFlorida says:

    I think you mean Sunnyvale will reap rewards in the form of government grants by opening a permanent shelter. No Thanks! not in my neighborhood. I moved from SF to Sunnyvale so I don’t have to see the congregation of homeless lining up for handouts and now it’s my responsibility to welcome homeless to my hometown?? I buy a house that was priced accordingly to the safe, clean, quiet community and down the street people are living for almost free? Yes maybe some homeless are hardworking individuals but you also get the rift-raft as well in these situations. And this city doesn’t need that sort of degenerate hanging out on the streets when it’s a nice day out or they don’t feel like staying in the shelter. You feed one pigeon 100 more fly in and then what? No, I’m not evil I work in serving the public closer then you’ll ever work. No, I don’t believe in God so don’t give me a sermon on how to be a good person YOU should believe in yourself not God and besides there is too much scientific evidence that YOU didn’t come from someone’s rib. Yes, I don’t believe in Section 8. I’ve seen crime, death and decreased neighborhood moral in nice neighborhoods due to Section 8’s. If you care so much, open your home to a homeless person or family otherwise don’t stone me for speaking my mind.

    1. Ariel DeHaviland says:

      Well your attitude is certainly somewhat understood. I feel this way about myself a lot of the time. I have high ideals but it doesn’t always get me where I want to be. I am mentally ill and I know this about myself. There is nothing I wouldn’t give to be in your shoes and be a perfectly upstanding piece of society. You can’t blame me for not trying because I have. I struggle with my sanity on a daily basis and I don’t think that’s something that could be understood by someone in your shoes. I find your attitude cruel and another one of the things that makes my life really difficult. We all have different issues to face in our lives. One persons problems shouldn’t outweigh any others. Try walking in my shoes, you’d stumble in your footsteps.

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