Palo Alto City Council passed a highly debated and controversial ordinance in early August banning the act of living in a vehicle within the city.
The women’s shelter program is an expansion of Night Outreach’s efforts to interact with the local homeless community. For the past ten years, members and any other Stanford affiliates have participated in weekly Night Outreach walks. The group goes to downtown Palo Alto to engage with the homeless community, “with the belief that compassion and conversation are just as important as food and shelter,” according to the Night Outreach mission.
Night Outreach, a Stanford student group dedicated to serving and establishing a relationship with the local homeless community, has partnered with InnVision, the largest provider of housing in Santa Clara County, in an effort to establish an area, women-only shelter.