On March 24, 2020, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors unanimously enacted an emergency eviction moratorium to temporarily protect tenants from being displaced from their homes during the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis. The emergency eviction moratorium protects eligible tenants against COVID-19 related nonpayment of rent and no-fault evictions. Please read these FAQs for more detailed information on the emergency eviction moratorium, who is protected, and how eligible tenants should make delayed payments in accordance with the law.
Life has thrown us an unimaginably difficult curveball, testing our discipline and forbearance in ways we could never have conceived. We sit at home, anxiously trying to assess what the impacts of the pandemic will be on us, our families, and the society at large. In the midst of these challenging times, though, I am pleased to say that there is uplifting news. I am writing today to tell you of extraordinary efforts that have been made to field the curveball that has been thrown our way and to protect the people in our community whose lives have suddenly been pushed to the edge.
Can you do one last little thing to help the tenants of San Mateo County?
As many of you may know, there have been various attempts to get emergency renters’ protections put in place in the light of COVID-19. The situation has continued to evolve, and at times the facts on the ground have been less than clear. So let us first tell you what we know, and then let us inform you of what you can urgently do to help.
We would like to let all renters know that, in response to the tremendous impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, rental assistance has been made available for the months of March & April by the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County. You can apply for that assistance by calling and leaving a message at (650) 517 – 8939.
Likewise, you can reach out to your local Core Agencies for rental and other assistance at the following link:
We wish you all the best during these trying times.
This week, the reality of the worldwide health crisis is hitting home for all of us in San Mateo County. As faith leaders across many traditions, we share the fundamental truth that our values are built on the foundation of the interdependence of all human beings––a truth that is becoming clear right now in painful ways.