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Giving a voice to the voiceless in the conversations around housing.


The San Mateo Housing Stories Project is an ongoing project of One San Mateo.

Far too often, those affected most by changes in our communities are those who leaset have a voice in the matter. They lack a voice in the media, and they lack a voice in politics, one feeding the other in a vicious cycle.

Again and again, we hear powerful interests say that we lack the data to take action on housing. But then when we push for government to collect the relevant data, those very same powerful interests do an about-face and cynically stand in the way of the collection of data.

Only government can collect the necessary data on the full extent and nature of the housing problems we are suffering from. However, we will not standby and allow those affected by housing to be silenced by the inaction of others.

The San Mateo Housing Stories Project is aimed at gathering stories from and providing a forum for those being impacted by the continuing housing crisis. You are not alone. By raising our voices together we have power.

Share your story.


 

Are you looking to buy your first home in San Mateo County? Join HEART and Meriwest Mortgage for a First-Time Homebuyer Workshop in Menlo Park on March 7! For more details and to register, please click here or view the attached flyer.

When:

Thursday
March 7, 2019
6:00 – 7:00pm

Where:

Menlo Park City Council Chambers
701 Laurel St., Menlo Park, CA 94025

When:

7 P.M. Wednesday
February 13

Where:

The Congregational Church of San Mateo
225 Tilton Ave. San Mateo

This is to remind you that One San Mateo will be meeting tomorrow evening (Wednesday, February 13) at the Congregational Church of San Mateo at 225 Tilton Avenue. As usual, we will meet from 7 to 8:45 pm.

Among other things, we will continue planning our advocacy around the use of the hospital site that is owned and controlled by the Peninsula Health Care District, prepare for the discussion of the red tag ordinance at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 19, and hear from Justin about some thinking done by a few members of the Steering Committee recently about OSM strategies and priorities. We look forward to Claudia’s reflection and to John Ebneter’s skillful fulfillment of his role as meeting chair.

When:

7 P.M. Wednesday
January 30

Where:

The Congregational Church of San Mateo
225 Tilton Ave. San Mateo

The next meeting of One San Mateo will take place this coming Wednesday, January 30 from 7 to 8:45 pm. We will meet in the upstairs library at the Congregational Church of San Mateo (CCSM), located at 225 Tilton Avenue.

Among other things, we will discuss:

  • Our work on advancing a red-tag relocation assistance ordinance
  • The status of advocacy for affordable housing as part of the Peninsula Health Care District’s proposed development
  • Outreach to North Central and beyond
  • And interfacing with the activism of groups such as Indivisible

All are welcome to attend!

From the San Mateo Daily Journal:

“In an effort to support at-risk tenants who find themselves in unsafe housing, San Mateo city officials are shaping an ordinance aimed at requiring landlords who don’t properly maintain their units to pay for the relocation costs of affected tenants.

Among the measures councilmembers considered at their Tuesday meeting was requiring landlords whose tenants are temporarily displaced by substandard living conditions to provide another unit or hotel room within a 10-mile radius. They also considered mandating those landlords whose tenants are permanently displaced provide them with three months of fair-market rent.”

Read more.

When:

7 P.M. Wednesday
January 9

Where:

The Congregational Church of San Mateo
225 Tilton Ave. San Mateo

The next meeting of One San Mateo will take place this coming Wednesday, January 9 from 7 to 8:45 pm. We will meet in the upstairs library at the Congregational Church of San Mateo (CCSM), located at 225 Tilton Avenue.

For our meeting, we will take an inventory of some of our ongoing work relating to affordable housing. Then we will aim to set priorities for the coming year.

All are welcome to attend!

For residents like Gloria Moreno, how the statements could better capture the experience of low-income residents, renters and members of the Latino community as they struggle with the rising regional housing costs was top of mind. Noting many are forced to live in their cars or together with multiple families, Moreno emphasized the stress some community members feel in trying to make ends meet.

“I think this is more that just an affordable housing issue, this is a moral issue,” she said. “People are living in their cars, people can barely afford to live here.” 

—Gloria Moreno,
Chair of Outreach for One San Mateo,
Vision for San Mateo in 2040 takes shape

When:

7 P.M. Wednesday
December 12

Where:

The Congregational Church of San Mateo
225 Tilton Ave. San Mateo

The next meeting of One San Mateo will take place this coming Wednesday, December 12 from 7 to 8:45 pm. We will meet in the upstairs library at the Congregational Church of San Mateo (CCSM), located at 225 Tilton Avenue.

This will be our last meeting of the year. Please come in a celebratory mood as we have lots to be proud of. As we begin setting the agenda for the coming year, there is much to be done, and who else will do it if not each one of us together?

¿Que Es Lo Que Le Preocupa?

La ciudad de San Mateo esta haciendo un plan por los siguientes 20 años.  Ellos quieren saber cuales son sus preocupaciones y sus ideas para la ciudad.

Habra actividades para niños y comida deliciosa gratis.

El evento sera solo en Español.

Este evento es copatrocinado por la Congregational Church of San Mateo y por la Ciudad de San Mateo.

Cuando:

Domingo, 2 de Diciembre de 4 a 6 pm

Donde:

Congregational Church of San Mateo
225 Tilton Ave.

Por mas información, llame a Imelda Navarro a (650)636-6016 o Reina Gonzalez a (650)271-8163.

Volante en español

In keeping with One San Mateo’s focus on advancing just, equitable, and across-the-board housing solutions, One San Mateo recommends the following choices on this election’s housing-related propositions.

Yes on Propositions 1

According to statistics from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are 40,056 homeless veterans nationally, and 29% (or 11,472) of them are here in California. This a problem crying out for a robust solution. Proposition 1 would allocate $4 billion in general obligation bonds to be spent strictly on affordable housing programs benefiting veterans. It would represent a major investment toward tackling this intolerable situation.

Yes on Proposition 2

Proposition 2 would resolve litigation regarding 2004’s “Millionaire Tax” and thereby make available $2 billion already set aside for the purpose of helping people with mental illness maintain stable housing while receiving quality care. It is known that people with mental illnesses who can receive care in familiar housing environments fare better than those who cannot. Likewise, it is also known that people with mental illnesses are at significantly greater risk of becoming homeless. Together with Proposition 1, Proposition 2 is a step in the direction of addressing California’s soaring homelessness crisis.

No on Proposition 5

Proposition 5 would allow people over the age of 55 or who are severely disabled to transfer their current property tax rates any number of times and regardless of the location or value of the homes they are buying. This will be bad for housing in two respects. First, it will allow wealthy individuals ages 55 or older to engage in speculative home buying, which, in turn, will spur displacement and drive up the cost of housing. Second, it will blow a hole in local municipalities’ budgets, likely resulting in cuts to affordable housing funds.

Yes on Proposition 10

One San Mateo is an organization that grew out of the fight for tenants’ protections. It is our firm conviction that the housing crisis can never fully be addressed without rent stabilization and protection against no-fault evictions. Proposition 10 is about fairness and choice. By repealing California’s 1995 legislature-enacted Costa-Hawkins Act, cities will finally have the freedom to craft their own local rental regulations, and they will be able to do so in a fairer manner by being able to subject small and large, new and old landlords to the same laws. Repealing Costa-Hawkins, though, is not just about allowing cities to shape reasonable renters’ protections. More generally, it is about giving cities the freedom to innovate new solutions to the housing crisis, as Costa-Hawkins has also been an impediment to non-rent stabilization policies, such as the widely supported practice of below-market-rate mandates on new developments. Therefore, it is long past time we undo California’s harmful Costa-Hawkins Act.

Vote!

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