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Tenant Relocation Assistance

From: domainremoved <Timi>
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2019 15:18:05 -0800

Dear Menlo Park City Council,

I urge you to vote *Yes* on your housing commission's Option B.


As a 40 year Menlo Park resident and Menlo Park Business owner, I have seen
the housing crisis develop and negatively affect the residents of our
community. The forcing out of hardworking teachers, public service workers
and low income tenants is morally and ethically wrong. I am on the board
of Foundation for a College Education and work directly with students of
color and their families. The stories of displacement due to tremendous
rent increases is heartbreaking. One student says she and her family were
given 2 weeks notice to leave their home of 13 years, despite being
excellent tenants who had done no wrong. They were forced to sleep in
friends' garages and similar while they sought to find housing. The fallout
from their eviction was financially and psychologically damaging to this
family. My student who was on track for applying to college had her grades
plummet as the family moved around searching for affordable housing. It is
hard to study when crowded in a garage, frightened and depressed at the
loss of ones home. The damage is long term and could be prevented by Option
B.


I urge you to vote Yes on your housing commission's Option B. The Redwood
City based Option A does not protect our residents as it does not

apply to single family homes, duplexes nor include tenants who are evicted
for no cause or rent gouging. Option A is substandard. Option B provides
the ethical and legal protection our residents deserve.


Regards,


Timi B. Most
Received on Tue Feb 26 2019 - 15:14:16 PST

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