Housing

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Building upon a community partnership announced last December called “Envision Transform Build” along with the cities of Menlo Park and East Palo Alto to create regional solutions to the affordable housing crisis, today Facebook announced that the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) will manage the Catalyst Housing fund in collaboration with Housing Trust Silicon Valley and possibly other local organizations in the future.

“This is a critical next step toward deploying the funds and building new housing,” said Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s VP Corporate Communications & Public Policy via a press release. “LISC plans to leverage Facebook’s initial investment of $18.5 million to as much as $75 million. We plan to begin investing in affordable housing projects by fall 2017, and expect funds to be deployed in the five to eight-year horizon.”

Since the announcement of the community partnership in December, the partners have provided $500,000 to Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA) to support Belle Haven and East Palo Alto residents threatened with displacement from evictions or abuse by landlords. The partners have also contributed $250,000 to Rebuilding Together Peninsula to rehabilitate and reconstruct homes in Belle Haven and East Palo Alto.

“While we’re pleased with this latest step, we believe there is much more to do,” wrote Schrage. “We are encouraged by the streamlining and affordable housing funding bills currently under consideration by the state of California. We see the need for policy and funding solutions to work in tandem, and see the Catalyst Housing Fund as an opportunity to advance the supply of housing for families most in need.”

Last month, Facebook announced the development of a new neighborhood in Menlo Park dubbed Willow Campus (pictured top), a mixed-use area that will provide additional office space for the company, along with with services, housing and transit solutions.

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The building of a Menlo Park family’s mini retreat featured on Tiny House Nation

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Fellow Menlo Park residents can spot familiar faces this weekend when CJ and Christina and children JJ and baby Max are featured on Tiny House Nation. The show airs on FYI (772 on Comcast Bay Area) Saturday, June 24 at 6:00 pm PDT. [Note: It is the show’s policy not to use participants’ last names.] CJ is an attorney […]

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Rents in Menlo Park remain in the stratosphere

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Menlo posted an average rent of $3,700 in April, according to the latest research by RENTCafé. “It edges out cities like San Francisco or San Mateo, where rents average $3,355 and $3030, respectively,” emails RENTCafé spokesperson Adrian Rosenberg. “Unfortunately for local renters, the prices in Menlo are on the upswing. Average rents have seen a […]

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Menlo Park tops population growth chart among Bay Area cities

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Menlo Park grew more than any other city in the Bay Area, according to a report issued by the state Department of Finance. Its population went from 33,807 in January 2016 to 35,670 in January 2017. The 5.5% increase resulted from multi-family housing development, the report said. Pictured is a Elan Menlo Park, a 146-unit apartment […]

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Learn about Stanford’s Middle Plaza project at community meeting on March 16

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In a press release issued today, Stanford University said there will be a community meeting tomorrow (Thursday, March 16) to provide local residents with the latest information on the plans to turn an 8.4-acre stretch of vacant car lots along El Camino Real in Menlo Park into a mix of housing, offices and retail. Known as Middle Plaza, the […]

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Betty Hilmer shares memories of her adobe house in Atherton

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An adobe house in Atherton? Don’t think pueblo or cliff dwelling. The house that caught Robert and Betty Hilmer’s eye over 50 years ago is a mid-century modern gem. “We happened on it by chance,” Betty recalled, sitting in the family room of a house that’s largely unchanged since they moved in in 1956. “We were […]

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Menlo Park resident Diane Dittmar tackles homelessness through her work at Abode Services

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Editor’s note: In Silicon Valley, soccer parents hold PhD’s, fresh-faced college kids launch IPO’s, and Teslas are parked outside Trader Joe’s. In this world of affluence and innovation, some find themselves literally on the side of the road, homeless.  Into this often overlooked world of homelessness in San Mateo County steps Menlo Park resident Diane Dittmar […]

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LifeMoves in Menlo Park provides services and supportive housing for people who are homeless

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Editor’s note: Today InMenlo is joining other Bay Area media organizations — spanning radio, print, digital and TV — in covering homelessness, a project initiated by the San Francisco Chronicle. We are highlighting the experiences of a homeless family and a homeless man who took advantage of the programs offered by Menlo Park-based LifeMoves, including temporary shelter at Haven House. Last year, […]

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Spotted: Colorfully-painted house, RIP

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There are houses that cheer as you walk or drive by and such was the case on San Mateo Drive where Becky and Tom McDonough lived in the house he’d grown up in. InMenlo contributors Jym Clendenin and Frances Freyberg captured the spirit of the house — and its colorful paint job — in a March, 2014 […]

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Spotted: Graffiti on house slated for demo

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We got quite a few comments on our post about the ongoing demolition of houses in Menlo Park. This house on San Mateo Drive near the bike bridge has its own comments – in the form of graffiti! Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2015

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All in a half day’s work: House no more in Menlo Park

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When a green fence goes up around a 1950s era ranch-style house in Menlo Park locals know it usually means the house is coming down, to be replaced most often with a two-story mini-mansion with basement. But when a green fence went up around a home on the corner of White Oak and Lemon in Menlo […]

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