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Melissa Hippard

Yes on Measure D: Affordable senior housing in Palo Alto

Right now, there are hundreds of senior citizens on waiting lists for affordable homes in Palo Alto. These seniors are people who want to live in the community where they have lived and worked for many years. Measure D will allow Palo Alto to address this unmet need by creating 60 affordable one-bedroom apartments for seniors.

Vote yes on Measure D for Palo Alto this November.

Greenbelt Alliance has endorsed this measure that will benefit local seniors who earn between roughly $21,000 and $43,000 per year—or 30-60% of the median income in the area. Measure D also includes 12 single-family lots to subsidize the costs of the affordable senior apartments.

Traffic analysis and experience with existing senior residential facilities in Palo Alto confirm that this project will not significantly increase traffic or risk to bicyclists and pedestrians in the neighborhood. Residents of the proposed project will have access to social, health and wellness, and educational programs provided by the neighboring Arastradero Park Apartments. There will also be a shared van service that could help decrease car ownership.

It is well-recognized that there is a large aging population in the Bay Area—especially in cities like Palo Alto—where it is extremely expensive to live. Measure D will significantly help the senior population in Palo Alto.

Measure D is also endorsed by the entire Palo Alto City Council; former Palo Alto Mayors including Jean McCown; and groups including the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto, Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters, and Silicon Valley Leadership Group.

To learn more about Measure D, visit yesondpaloalto.com and read the Mercury News editorial on it.


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