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A homeless Oakland couple moved into a $4 million Piedmont home; calls to police followed
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Greg Dunston and Marie Mckinzie lived on Oakland’s streets for almost 10 years, pushing their carts around with all their belongings and sleeping in the doorway of an Alameda County building.

But for the past three months, the couple have lived among the wealthy — on a nearly $4 million property in one of the Bay Area’s most exclusive neighborhoods in Piedmont. The homeowner, Terrence McGrath, did something few in his position would dare do: He opened his doors to homeless people in need.

Poor, black homeless people — in a mostly white, rich neighborhood.

Dunston and Mckinzie are more than turning heads whenever they venture out onto the sidewalk of Hampton Road — he’s 61 with a stooped walk and she’s 53 with a slight limp. They’re prompting phone calls to the local police.


“My officers are very familiar with who’s living in that house and what (the homeowner’s) trying to do,” Piedmont police Capt. Chris Monahan told me. “When people have called, we’ve not even responded. We’ve called them and said, ‘Oh no, those are the people that live in the house. (The homeowner’s) trying to help them.’ ”


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McGrath arranged to meet the couple in a downtown cafe. It was there he saw their carts tucked into a nearby corner — and that’s when he knew that letting them move in was the right thing to do.

He was living in a 4,500-square-foot home on an idyllic, tree-lined street. His daughters had gone off to college. And he had an empty in-law unit with a separate entrance, kitchen and bathroom.


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McGrath moved his king-size bed into the unit before the couple moved in on Feb. 1.

He also did something else: McGrath sent Piedmont Police Chief Jeremy Bowers an email about his new houseguests.

“I am letting you know in case Piedmont PD gets a call about an African American couple walking in the neighborhood around Hampton or La Salle,” McGrath wrote to Bowers on Feb. 4.


His neighborhood of 23 years lived up to his expectations. The first call to police came two or three days after the couple moved in.

On March 21, McGrath got a call from a woman representing the neighborhood association who said she was “concerned about the situation.” She told McGrath that neighbors feared for the safety of schoolkids.

“If you say hello to them, they can actually say hello back to you,” McGrath recalled telling the woman.



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Tigerbait357
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Cool to read stories like this. To open up his home to a random strangers and help those in need.

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“If you say hello to them, they can actually say hello back to you,” McGrath recalled telling the woman.



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re: A homeless Oakland couple moved into a $4 million Piedmont home; calls to police followed
Can you imagine all the snooty pearl clutching millionaires freaking out about this ?

I love it.

Good for the guy for being a Good Samaritan . We need more folks like this in 2019


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Can you imagine all the snooty pearl clutching millionaires freaking out about this ?



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re: A homeless Oakland couple moved into a $4 million Piedmont home; calls to police followed
Racist rich people in the richest and most liberal city on earth. If I didn’t already know better, I’d be surprised. They’re all for minorities and immigrants until they have to see them every day.


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Can you imagine all the snooty pearl clutching millionaires freaking out about this


And I bet they love to talk about how awful and racist the Deep South is at their wine and cheese pairing parties.


northshorebamaman
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It takes diff'rent strokes to move the world.


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East Coast Band
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re: A homeless Oakland couple moved into a $4 million Piedmont home; calls to police followed
Amazing that those who try to do society some good get shunned by the neighbors.
Happens more than you know.
Sad society we live in this country.


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Racist rich people in the richest and most liberal city on earth. If I didn’t already know better, I’d be surprised. They’re all for minorities and immigrants until they have to see them every day.


+1000


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Woodreaux
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re: A homeless Oakland couple moved into a $4 million Piedmont home; calls to police followed
You know the old saying, "No good deed goes unpunished".


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John McClane
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Cool dude. Good for him.


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187undercover
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re: A homeless Oakland couple moved into a $4 million Piedmont home; calls to police followed
This sounds like a win win for the house owner also.

His kids have moved off. I didn't read about a wife, maybe there is one, but if not he likely gets lonely.

He sees a chance to invite some folks in who he deemed safe and friendly.

Friendship and the feeling of helping others with minimal loss as he is the only one he has to look out for. His material things he likely sees as just material and won't stroke out if they stole something.

If he had children still there, especially young, I could see a problem arising, but likely not here.

I had a friend in high school whose parents did something like this themselves. They were amazing people. They adopted my friend and his sister and allowed a homeless couple live in a trailer outside on their property. They were quiet and kept to themselves. Very thankful and humble.

Not all homeless people are drugged up. Yes, many definitely are, but not all.


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He stepped up and did it. 99% of liberals would only tell everyone else to do this.


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re: A homeless Oakland couple moved into a $4 million Piedmont home; calls to police followed
All of you who bitch about having HOA’s

This is why they exist


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re: A homeless Oakland couple moved into a $4 million Piedmont home; calls to police followed
I'm going to hit you with a racist statement, then pull it back.

The closest black person lives a little over seven miles from me.

The father is a former marine. In his 50s. And a better man than I can hope to be. His wife is a school teacher, and an amazing woman. His son is extremely intelligent, so much that they are worried about him.

I would replace my nearest neighbor (who is family) with him in a heartbeat.

But 7 miles away is too close for homeless people.



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“My officers are very familiar with who’s living in that house and what (the homeowner’s) trying to do,” Piedmont police Capt. Chris Monahan told me. “When people have called, we’ve not even responded. We’ve called them and said, ‘Oh no, those are the people that live in the house.
Woke AF


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