Support The Homeless Navigation Center in Fremont

Add your name to sign the petition below.

Dear Mayor Mei and the Fremont City Council:
We are writing to share our strong support for the City’s plans to build a Homeless Navigation Center in Fremont.

Thank you for acknowledging the need for providing services to support our unhoused neighbors. As a Compassionate City, we understand that the current shelter crisis is a threat to the safety and well-being of those experiencing homelessness. We applaud the City’s methodical process for narrowing down potential sites, and for recognizing that the Navigation Center is an important pathway toward permanent housing. In making your final decision, we urge City Council to:

  1. Strictly adhere to your self-imposed September 2019 deadline for final site selection, in order to meet the mid-2020 timeframe for opening the Navigation Center. This urgent crisis deserves immediate action–each day of delay is one day longer that homeless residents suffer on our streets without a pathway to permanent housing.
  2. Choose a site that is best for residents experiencing homelessness. Either site will help alleviate the suffering experienced by our neighbors. Fear, misinformation, or discrimination against people experiencing homelessness are not relevant criteria. By moving forward with this project, you are sending a strong signal that this is not tolerated in Fremont. The Navigation Center should be part of the Fremont community to support integrating Navigation Center residents into the neighborhood.

We urge ALL members of the City Council to show true leadership to ensure that the Navigation Center becomes a reality.

Questions about this petition or want to get involved? Leave a comment below or contact our East Bay Representative, Hayley Currier. Thank you for your support!

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15 Comments on “Support The Homeless Navigation Center in Fremont

  1. I’m totally for the navigation center. Just pick a spot and put it there. I have no problem with it being in my neighbor hood. I used to have the Rubicon house in my court for troubled teens years ago. My kids played with them. Those people complaining should stop it and be a lot kinder. It’s totally embarrassing how their acting! If there’s anything I can do let me know!

    • Amen Patti,
      I to have worked with many of the homeless in Fremont over the years!
      I have seen and been apart of how outreach assistance helps the unhoused get homes!!!! My children to have been a part of helping. Today many of those very people that have gotten there lives together those still out there would protect..children or at very least avoid being around them.just cause they are unhoused doesn’t mean they don’t care..

  2. We need to help each other in times of need. Be a community of caring.

    • I am a amazing client here in one of the nagvation center in San Francisco am here to support with my voice that a nagvation center in Fremont can be a safe haven for those who hurting emotional and physical due to the lack of permanent housing not everyone that is homeless is an addict or an violent offender at least not me am speaking from my own experiences being at a nagvation center it can give someone another chance to permanent housing employment resources from care providers mental health organization it even give them an amazing opportunity to re entry to the workforce or start a new business such as i have done and working part-time at sfgh please allow your hearts and minds and give the mens and women’s an opportunity to get off the streets in Fremont area only thru love can we reach down in our hearts to make an amazing difference in the city of Freemont

  3. I volunteer at one of the many charities in Fremont that provides help to the needy. Over the past couple years, we have noticed an increase in the number of homeless people asking for assistance. While many of them are the so-called chronically homeless with mental health issues and drug/alcohol dependencies, many are regular people with families who have just been forced into the streets due to some misfortune. Many are able and willing to work and most of them actually have jobs. Unfortunately, many of them have been forced to live in cars and some even on the streets. Some are families who go from one parking lot to another for safety and to spend the night. If our community can provide them with some temporary housing to get them settled, they get back on their feet and off the streets.

    As an example, we helped a woman with a child who lived in her car. While she had a job, she had to leave her child in the parking lot while she worked because she was homeless. We helped another mother who left her abusive husband. She was at a shelter but needed transportation to go to family court. An elderly couple also came to us for help because their rent went up and they could barely make it on their SSI. They eventually found a place for senior housing after being on a two year waiting list. We also helped a man who had to quit his job to care for his terminally ill wife. He eventually lost his wife and his home and had to live in his car for a few months until he was able to find work again.

    There are many residents who have misconceptions about the homeless. They think that all homeless are dirty, addicts, criminals, lazy, and other things. But they don’t see the whole picture and their fears are based on stereotypes. We need this navigation center. We cannot be a community that looks down on the poor and unfortunate but a community that comes together and help them.

    • Housing affordability is at an all time low. We need to solve the housing crisis for our most vulnerable citizens at a bare minimim instead of having a NIMBY approach to the status quo.

  4. Boy am I relieved to see this. Our family lives in this community. We have 2 children. We choose to support this effort. We choose to not stereotype and live in unreasonable fear. We choose to support providing the necessary resources to lovingly help those in need. We have never felt unsafe or threatened by those people in our neighborhood. Infact we talk to them and consider them part of our neighborhood. I’d like to ask those living in fear of this what they think is the solution. It feels to me as if it’s an I’m better than you and do not want you living in the same community as me. To that I say get over yourselves and learn how to love others who are not like yourself! We have taught our 2 daughters ages 16 and 12 to be alert, be aware of your surroundings at all times. They feel safe and have never felt threatened by homeless individuals. They acknowledge them and treat them with respect as we have taught them to. Be a part of the solution not the problem. I’m absolutely disgusted with the number of signatures petitioning this effort!

    • Larry .
      We need to educate the people…we all
      Need help once in a while. Keep u the caring. Pay it forward..

  5. I understand people want to help the homeless. However it should not be at the cost of posing a risk to families. Hardworking families already pay thousands of dollars in taxes every year to fund homelessness. Do they have to live with the homeless too? It is a known fact that homeless shelters will attract more transients and in turn raise criminal and drug activity in the area. This poses a security risk to the area and can cause property values to plunge. Homeless individuals have no need to reside in Silicon Valley. They will be better served in more affordable locales in the rural parts of California.

  6. I absolutely support this effort, something must be done to give the homeless population a place to live.

  7. I support the navigation center, but I don’t support putting it near homes and schools. This issue is not about helping the homeless (we all support that), but about where is the best location to help our neighbors. Unfortunately the argument “you can put it anywhere” is naive. Homeless centers bring both positives and negatives and the process has to be tread carefully to help select the BEST location.

  8. Definitely support this important service for those who are homeless. The structure and services that will be provided by the Navigation Center is a real plus for those who will be able to make the transition into permanent housing.
    Important to not forget the faces of many who are un-housed at this time: Veterans, increasing number of our older population, families with children, as well as some who are employed.

  9. Helping the neediest takes more than a big heart and unlimited kindness. Me and my family, and most of my neighbors here living in North Fremont, are all For the center. However, in my opinion, the Decoto location lacks the most essential factors that would make the center thrive. We want them to have easy access to medical attention, job training and employment opportunities and discounted grocery stores. I’m fully aware that there will be councilors/case workers that are going to help individual folks, but it is fair to say that the folks are still going to spend most of their time being on their own. When we surround them with all the available sources, wouldn’t the chances be bigger that they would come back to being a normal member of our community? We fully understand the necessity and importance of the 2M fund, but folks please, let’s use them wisely.

  10. Sure folks who are in between home ownership and career change need to be helped.

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