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From: domainremoved <stephanie>
Date: Sat, 13 Aug 2016 15:41:42 -0400

Outline for housing for everybody.


Veterans. All veterans could and should be afforded housing opportunity by the federal government,priced by income.

The veterans handicapped by physical and medical disability should be housed free of charge, in suitable economic sleeping and living arrangements; competent veterans and their families in ordinary apartments with suitable recreation and comnity facilities, on the federal land at Moffett Field and Onizuka.

Employees of large companies should be offered rental housing by employers, starting with


C ity , state and county employees

Stanford (because it owns the land already)

These are by definition affordable because the employer has to pay the employee enough for him or her to live.

Single,widowed or divorced elderly who receive Social Security (almost all of them). It is the single ones who cannot afford market rate housing; couples at the low end have twice as much pension income.

Because the city has the power to dictate land use and land density to make any plot of land be shared by any number of occupants; because, by and large, the elderly have no daily transportation needs and many do not drive, should not drive, or will in the near future not be able to drive. They do not need much room to entertain or interact with others.

Their units should be small, (200 square feet plus an ample outdoor sheltered balcony) and rent for $400 or $500 a month or thereabouts (proximity to a subsidized meal program would make it possible to charge that if the senior had to supply all his meals himself) near ample basement storage space which would be fairly expensive, to accommodate elderly who have the desire and the means to continue to own lots of stuff and near some garages which might accommodate specially equipped vans for the handicapped, which they could share, and very expensive garage space for those who have the means and the desire to have cars. (a grandmother who travels to babysit grandchildren, for instance. The beneficiary would be willing to subsidize the expensive garage, if it were cheaper or more convenient than some other arrangement.

These units would also be combined with public buildings, such as libraries, and entire free standing facilities should be combined with public offerings like the Betty Wright Swim Group, Senior nutrition facility, day care, senior day care, etc, on the ground floor. perhaps a geriatrician, physical therapist, etc, also. Private caregivers could conveniently be hired, when necessary, and be more affordable because their time would be shared.

SSI recipients who are physically handicapped. Assisted living facilities could be built for them on the same principle, and more apartments for families of handicapped children, on the model of Ronald 'McDonald House, but semi permanent.

Affordable housing for families:

One solution would be companion units in middle income areas which are outstripping their owners' means. Since more mothers work than before, the backyard is not useful for children's play; there's no caregiver watching. The backyards might be utilized for semi pre-fabricated small homes. In East Palo Alto, for instance, which already has a training program, complete eight foot long kitchens could be constructed and trucked to the backyard site, to be combined, if necessary, with a tent, but ultimately combined with tongue and groove panels , some with doors and windows, which could be assembled on site, with pre-made bathrooms added.

Cities or counties should buy dedicate or acquire land for mobile homes.and for people willing to live in their cars, for whom bathroom facilities should be constructed, like a state park, also a community kitchen.

There is currently a state program to buy older cars and take them off the road, and many cars have agreed to go but the funding hasn't come through. These cars-at least the ones that are in limbo!!--should have the money advanced to their owners by the cities and used to house the homeless.

Warehouses should be available to store good furniture that would be donated to furnish subsidized housing because the Goodwill and ECH no longer accept furniture.

Buildings which are empty for prolonged periods of time should be commandeered for short periods of time (and the owners compensated)

to house the homeless.

Most city buildings should be used to house the homeless at night, especially homeless women, who should never be left unsheltered at night, for reasons which the present sexual assault discussion should have made clear..

The State should pass a law that all new police buildings should have dormitories for men who are likely to become disruptive. There is already a program for separating these men from others.

The cities should have committees to receive and consider suggestions from citizens, such as the Palo Alto Forward ones recently published:

Two floors of housing instead of one in mixed developments

enforcing minimum density requirements in new multiples legalize duplexes (not necessarily changing the FAR)

relaxing restrictions on granny units

state law restricting permit fees for adding affordable housing/companion units to a percentage they're rented for over the affordable rate.

endi ing restrictions on converting garages to habitable space

State law amending the mandatory building code to amenities actually needed for health and safety, not other goods, like fuel and water savings

but placing those savings expedients on new housing.

encouraging single use (i.e. shopping centers) to add living units on top of stores and offices.
Received on Sat Aug 13 2016 - 12:50:26 PDT

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