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Celebrating Bike Month

May is Bike Month! On the Peninsula, we had over 37,000 people biking on Bike to Work Day! Lots of students across the county also participated in the annual Bike to School Day. Big congratulations to Hatch Elementary School in Half Moon Bay where there were three times as many students who reported that they either walked/biked/carpooled to school over a one family vehicle pick up and drop off on Bike to School Day. Active transportation such as biking provides opportunities to engage in physical activity, which improves health and well-being.

Key Findings

Case Study

Balancing Stable and Safe Housing

People who live in healthy, affordable places live longer, healthier lives. One way low-income communities have been coping with the affordability crisis is by subdividing their single-family homes and converting their garages into second units to accommodate friends, relatives or renters. Second units have been a part of low-income communities before they became a trendy strategy to augment the much-needed supply of housing.

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Boards and Commissions Vacancies

Daly City Planning Commission: there are three full-term vacancies on their Planning Commission. Residents and registered voters of Daly City are welcome to apply. For more information and the application, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at (650) 991-8078.

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May is National Bike Month! 

Through a generous grant from the Office of Traffic Safety, County Office of Education and Health Policy and Planning staff have been hosting traffic safety education and encouragement events at elementary schools in some of the county’s most vulnerable neighborhoods. Schools identified in our award-winning SRTS Equity report have been learning about the health benefits of active transportation and how to safely walk and bike in their communities. Education and encouragement are critical elements to traffic safety.

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Let’s Talk About Parking and Congestion!

On May 23rd, Home for All San Mateo County held a convening with a focus on how to build better neighborhood consensus on new housing. With a focus on addressing parking and congestion concerns, the guest speakers discussed two key strategies – how to bridge the gaps between the project and the neighborhood, and how to create opportunities to have meaningful conversations with the community. 

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New Local Resource! How to Implement Restorative Justice Practices

In our pursuit to scale up Restorative Justice Practices (RJP) locally, Get Healthy SMC partnered with the San Mateo County Office of Education, and Anne Hipskind-Roberts and Kerri Berkowitz, two local and national experts in the field of RJP, to develop a new resource guide for San Mateo County: Implementing Restorative Justice Practices in San Mateo County: Multi-Tiered System of Support to Improve School Climate and Health.

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SMC Youth Commission Closes a Successful Year!

The end of May marks the end of another SMC Youth Commission cohort. Key achievements of this cohort includes the adoption of a Indigenous People’s Resolution, the recommendation of Social Host Ordinance and the public support for sustainable policies that will help the county cope with climate change.

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State of the Youth in San Mateo County

It’s time to update the SMC Youth Commission’s Adolescent Report once again. The purpose of the Adolescent Report is to share evidence on where health needs are highest in order to inform the priorities of the Youth Commission, as well as guide the work of policymakers, providers, grant makers, young people and their allies across the county as they work to improve the lives of youth.

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Permanent Supportive Housing: A Path to Independent Living

We have been getting lots of questions about the permanent supportive housing landscape and requests for permanent supportive housing resources in San Mateo County. We will take the next few months in this newsletter to better understand the supportive housing local landscape, explore local resources and data indicators regarding housing stability for residents who are at higher risk of homelessness due to mental health conditions and/or chronic poverty.

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More SMC Residents Sharing Housing Costs with Other Than Partners

We know that the affordability crisis leads people to make tradeoffs that may compromise their well-being: residents will prioritize paying skyrocketing rents before buying their prescribed medicines. There are many ways local residents cope with the affordability crisis, and one of them is by sharing housing costs with other tenants. According to the 2018 Health and Quality Life Survey, 21.0% of San Mateo County respondents currently share housing costs with someone other than a spouse or partner in order to limit expenses. This is an upward trend since 2008.

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Phase II CCCS community priorities are finalized! 

Community planning is complete in East Palo Alto and Daly City! A deep thank you to everyone who shared their time and thoughts in these communities, and a huge shout out to the champions from both communities who made the outreach and engagement possible!

And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for! The top East Palo Alto needs and priorities and Daly City needs and priorities are available at our website!

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Phase I: Moving into Plan Implementation

South San Francisco and North Fair Oaks are off and running with implementation! Both communities held small implementation group meetings and are discussing opportunities to move forward with plan implementation. South San Francisco has unique interest in training for police officers and providing additional activities for children and young people. In North Fair Oaks, stakeholders have momentum for investing in mental health connections and preventative mental health measures.

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