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One Third of Children in Silicon Valley Are Homeless While Tech Profits Soar

Society & Culture  (tags: homeless, high tech, silicon valley, East Palo Alto, rents too high, prices too high, homeless, children homeless )

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In August, a housing official penned a scathing resignation letter because her families income was not high enough to live in the very city she represents. Even the principal of one East Palo Alto school was forced to move in with 3 other educators.


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Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday January 3, 2017, 9:37 am
For those that can’t even afford an RV or a portion of an apartment, there’s what the New York Times called “Hotel 22.” It’s a bus line that runs 24 hours a day 7 days a week between San Jose and Palo Alto. Those who don’t have a place to sleep at night will pay the fare to ride the bus so they can get 90 minutes of sleep before they’re forced to get off and get back on again.

Sue H (7)
Tuesday January 3, 2017, 9:49 am

Kathleen M (210)
Tuesday January 3, 2017, 10:00 am
Grimly S&N. Thx Dandelion. Disgusting!

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday January 3, 2017, 10:10 am
Incredibly disgusting - and not likely to improve in a Trump administration...

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday January 3, 2017, 10:48 am
Walmart parking lots are filled with people living in cars or RVs. Makeshift shantytowns have been set up with tents and tarps among the 75 wooded acres off Interstate 101 in San Jose. It’s the largest homeless encampment in the area, AlterNet reports.

In 2013, the area dropped to freezing temperatures overnight and five people didn’t make it, freezing to death on the streets of San Jose.

Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday January 3, 2017, 11:14 am
This, sadly, isn't new. There were articles about IT workers hired to work in Silicon Valley - especially but not only highly qualified foreigners - whose apparently good salaries were totally insufficient for renting housing near their jobs. Fancy titles - almost homeless living outside their office. I suppose that it is inevitable that the problem spill over onto the next generation of professionals starting their adult life & seeking independent homes - teachers, health care workers. As for those with "little" jobs, there's no way of getting a foot in the door unless one breaks the "demand & supply" pricing system and a concerted effort is made to provide decent housing at reasonable cost ... and make sure those who CAN'T afford housing aren't pushed aside by those who can afford it but who want to save more ...

I suppose that land ownership is part of the trouble? Otherwise, there are more & more low-cost solutions that can produce very viable living modules ... e.g. recycling shipping containers as attractive house units, 3D house printing - I've seen some that are far from "cheap & nasty", while keeping cost very low.

When are we going to swing priorities towards humans instead of status & $$$$? (As you say, Arielle - not likely to improve in a Trump administration... )

So sad
Thanks, Dandelion

Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday January 3, 2017, 11:24 am
Shared all over social media to spread the alarming awareness of reality.

Trish K (29)
Tuesday January 3, 2017, 2:11 pm
There is no place for poor people to live within a 75 mi. radius of Silicone Valley. This area has always been for the rich and famous. The climate is warmer than SF in the summer and Stanford University has been around for a while. I can't imagine what it looks like now, nor can I imagine where they would build housing for these families or find them jobs. Homelessness will be a problem far after we are gone. It is the children that break my heart. I hope they survive and become happy , loved and successful. bless us all - there but for fortune go you or I

Marianne R (78)
Tuesday January 3, 2017, 2:23 pm
Shame on our Governor for letting this happen

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday January 3, 2017, 6:36 pm
The well to do want people to educate their children, wait staff where they dine, put out the fires, patrol the streets, trim the bushes, repair the buildings, so on and so forth, yet where do these people live? They are not paid the high salaries, so they must commute further and further away from their jobs. As I gave an example it took 4 educators to be able to afford a rental together.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday January 4, 2017, 1:24 am
Reshared over social media to raise and spread awareness.

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Wednesday January 4, 2017, 10:37 am
Noted, Thanks

Barb SiteIssues V (202)
Wednesday January 4, 2017, 12:07 pm
Noted, Thank you

Arild Gone for now (174)
Thursday January 5, 2017, 4:38 am

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 5, 2017, 4:59 am
Without the workers, no boss can survive

William C (0)
Thursday January 5, 2017, 7:48 am

W. C (7)
Thursday January 5, 2017, 9:38 am
Thank you.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday January 5, 2017, 10:47 am
Reshared over social media to raise and spread awareness

cara d (1)
Thursday January 5, 2017, 1:01 pm
this truly makes no sense with all the empty buildings that could be used to help .

Birgit W (160)
Thursday January 5, 2017, 2:07 pm
Every person on our planet deserves a decent life style. This is just wrong.

Colleen L (3)
Thursday January 5, 2017, 3:20 pm
Agree with Cara and Birgit's comments. Thanks Dandelion

Tom P (29)
Thursday January 5, 2017, 3:20 pm
Homelessness is nation wide. In my time homeless our hotel 22 was the 7 train for an hour of sleep and warmth. Its the same everywhere. The American dream is more of a delusion., a rumor, a shadow of bygone days. And a cruel joke perpetrated by the 1%.

Mitchell D (82)
Thursday January 5, 2017, 4:11 pm
There is an article in the December issue of "Smithsonian," which I saw the other day, about this issue. I ws going to post on it but have been away, and busy. According to the article, "AMERICAN BALLAD," "The official poverty rate in the valley is stunning: one in five residents in many of its counties. In Fresno, the third-poorest U.S. city with a population over 250,000, one out of three residents lives below the poverty line."
Speaking of the country, as a whole, "Between 2009 and2015, the top 1 percent nabbed 52 percent of the income gains."

Mitchell D (82)
Thursday January 5, 2017, 4:26 pm
The article mentioned above includes areas as diverse as the Central Valley and Northern Maine. The impetus for the article is the 75th anniversary of James Agee and Walker Evans' book, "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men."

Freya H (345)
Thursday January 5, 2017, 5:11 pm
A sad, sad sign of the times. This cannot go on, or our nation is going to experience a horrendous meltdown. I fear that the election of Donald the Rump has merely accelerated the process by exacerbating our worst problems. Unless we RISE UP now and RESIST, things will only get worse. Either we reverse the slide with peaceful and legal means, or we degenerate into bloody chaos.

Janet B (0)
Thursday January 5, 2017, 5:59 pm

rita uljee (1)
Friday January 6, 2017, 1:40 am
that is sad horrible shame!

Paola S (10)
Friday January 6, 2017, 4:23 am
Thank you for sharing

Gloria picchetti (304)
Friday January 6, 2017, 7:07 am
But won't President Trump convert a dozen of his golf courses into shelters and schools for the homeless?

Sheryl G (359)
Friday January 6, 2017, 8:11 am
More like golf courses into burial grounds from all those who will starve and die without medical care.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday January 6, 2017, 8:16 am
Reshared over social media to raise and spread awareness

Janet B (0)
Friday January 6, 2017, 3:02 pm

Janet R (38)
Friday January 6, 2017, 4:35 pm
This is shameful. And, they probably are getting enough food either.

Animae C (508)
Friday January 6, 2017, 10:43 pm
What a disgusting horrible mess!!!
And it can only get worse under frump!!!

. (0)
Saturday January 7, 2017, 2:44 am
Awesome devastating

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday January 7, 2017, 4:43 am
Reshared over social media to raise and spread awareness

Janet B (0)
Saturday January 7, 2017, 6:31 pm

Winn Adams (179)
Sunday January 8, 2017, 1:22 pm
This is shameful and absolutely unacceptable.

Janet B (0)
Sunday January 8, 2017, 2:01 pm

Lenore K (0)
Sunday January 8, 2017, 2:26 pm

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Sunday January 8, 2017, 2:35 pm

Thanks Dandelion! This is so shameful. If the money spent on all those aggression wars and the 38 Billion $ given to Israel would go into affordable housing for all those people who have to resort to "Hotel 22" ... and to repair the infrastructure (road and bridges which would also create jobs) ... and ... the rich would pay their proper due in taxes ... such misery would not occur in America.

I don't believe that Pres-elect Trump can already be blamed for this terrible situation although many are tempted to do that - but where were the past Rep and Dem POTUS' all these years? Such situations rarely occur overnight! Put the blame where the blame belongs.

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday January 8, 2017, 5:09 pm
You are correct, it didn't get this way overnight, and is why I keep saying, it wasn't one Party that got us here it was both and the apathetic public that allowed it to continue to far. However I place most of the blame on the DC crowd because they are there to make sure things like this do not happen.

Tim C (2420)
Sunday January 8, 2017, 6:26 pm

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Sunday January 8, 2017, 11:41 pm

Dandelion - absolutely agree. The problem seems to be - like almost everywhere else too - that those who are put in charge by us are never really held responsible. At best here or there a scapegoat which is sacrificed.

Other than that they leave office with "honors and handshakes" and keep all their perks and special services after "a long honorable service to the nation". Isn't this how it works in most places? It's truly a shame that we still are so ... intimidated? subservient? ... not sure if these are the right words ... but sure we don't do what we should when our representatives - which are in reality OUR employees paid by our tax money - don't do their jobs. We should fire them and hold them fully responsible.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday January 9, 2017, 12:36 am
Reshared over social media to raise and spread awareness

Completely agree with you all that there is a gross disparity and gross breach of what one should consider "acceptable" and "normal" in any society, when people are living in poverty and destitute conditions, whilst at the other end of the bizarre and surreal scale, there are people with enough wealth that they can buy countries, and invest in killing machines.

Margie FOURIE (148)
Monday January 9, 2017, 1:31 am

Sheryl G (359)
Monday January 9, 2017, 4:42 am
We see them on the threads, even the one's who know something is amiss still attack the wrong people for it. How many times do you read where people go ballistic over a person getting a few dollars each month for food to stay alive and feed her children and ignore the Corporate who are not paying taxes.

In fact still will continue to support Trump and others like him while he is stating he is going to cut the taxes on the most wealthy, who are doing fabulous financially already, which by the way will include him. While the Country is being pillaged the important things for them are not what is actually going to help. Trump is stating when he gets in he'll make it illegal to burn the flag and oh boy that is a big one for many people in the USA. We have people hungry, our schools crumbling, people suffering without medical care, and this is the focus. Unbelievable. I recall lots of flags and banners during Hitler's rule while millions were being sent off to endless wars and gas chambers. Today we get endless wars and black snakes that pollute the water.

Janet B (0)
Monday January 9, 2017, 6:38 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Monday January 9, 2017, 11:23 pm
Thanks again

Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday January 10, 2017, 1:55 am
Reshared over social media to raise and spread awareness

Janet B (0)
Tuesday January 10, 2017, 6:43 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Tuesday January 10, 2017, 10:53 pm
Thanks again

Margie FOURIE (148)
Wednesday January 11, 2017, 10:49 pm
Thanks AGAIN

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday January 12, 2017, 10:53 am
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