San Mateo County Health Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, Bay Area Community Health Advisory Council, Star Vista, and Get Healthy San Mateo County hosted the third virtual Race & COVID-19 Community Town Hall on November 13th, 2020. County staff presented on the status of the communitywide recovery effort in San Mateo County and the most pressing needs facing vulnerable families who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, including widespread housing, food, and job insecurity.
The start of a new decade hit us with a pandemic that no one saw coming. An abrupt economic crisis followed, along with anxiety, isolation, and uncertainty. The pandemic highlighted and exacerbated the existing inequities within our county and country. To say that it’s been a challenge is an understatement. Families have lost so much – from loved ones, to jobs, financial security, and their normal family and community connections.
San Mateo County is working to increase testing in communities most impacted by COVID-19. In October, the County worked with partners to host 31 testing events. In November, we increased the amount of community testing events to 81!
County of San Mateo: The new Juvenile
Justice & Delinquency Prevention Commission is recruiting new
adult and youth (14-21 years old) commissioners to advocate for
programs and services that prevent youth entry into the juvenile
justice system. Apply
today! Deadline: n/a
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors authorized an additional and much needed $2 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to the San Mateo County Immigrant Relief Fund.
We’re excited to announce CCCS Racial Equity Action Subcommittee partners will be rolling out a Civic Empowerment Training Program in the coming year, as an important and immediate strategy needed for advancing racial equity in San Mateo County.
In August, Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation protecting renters from eviction due to inability to pay for COVID related reasons. This legislation stipulates that no tenant can be evicted before February 1, 2021, due to rent owed or unpaid between March 4, 020 and August 31, 2020.
Last month, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved an additional $1 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to provide financial relief to small businesses in the county that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are excited to announce that Lucia Liu of South San Francisco will be joining the Spring 2021 cohort of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Corps training program academy! The EMS Corps is a 5-month rigorous training program supporting diverse members of the community to become certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), while also receiving life coaching, mentorship, and a student grant. We wish you all a successful program!
School district nutrition programs have been working hard to ensure young people receive meals while distance learning continues for most students. The Child Nutrition Education teams at Ravenswood City School Districts recently received the Big Apple Award by Second Harvest of Silicon Valley. The program has provided over 500,000 meals to children throughout the community and provided 12,000 during Thanksgiving break.
Redwood City is seeking your input on the redesign of the Transit District. The Transit District is the areas in Redwood City near the Caltrain station that includes the Sequoia Station Shopping Center. If you use these spaces or want to be involved in how this plan is developed, you can review the virtual open house here.
Schools celebrated Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day on November 18, 2020. This was a great day to celebrate and teach students about the civil rights movement. In lieu of a walk that normally takes place with students, school staff, and city officials. This year with several schools doing distance learning they were gifted Ruby Bridges bookmarkers and were encouraged to take a mindful walk with their families to realize the power they have as children and honor Ruby’s courage.
As most students in San Mateo County continue learning from home, we need to ensure that there are adequate supports for them and their families to support mental health. While there is limited research regarding how students are faring during the pandemic, it is safe to say that school connectedness among students is declining. Research highlighted in Kidsdata.org shows that prior to the pandemic students with low connectedness had higher rates of suicidal ideation.