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Section 8 Waiting List opens for 1, 2, 3, & 4 bedrooms. Tenant Selection Criteria, Income limits & family size requirements apply. Application available: 8/20/12-8/24/12 (8am-12pm) 8/27/12-8/31/12 (1pm-5pm) Applications NOT accepted after 5:00pm on 8/31/2012. For applications call Veronica Weber

(650)493-4376 or apply in person at 574 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306

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Palo Alto Weekly 08.17.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the August 17, 2012 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly

Palo Alto Weekly 08.17.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the August 17, 2012 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly