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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.
Noelia’s roots, both with San Mateo and One San Mateo, run deep. She was born and raised in San Mateo. Likewise, she was a charter member of One San Mateo. Meaning that in both cases she has been with us since the beginning.
From a family of Guatemalan immigrants, Noelia has long recognized the importance of and played a part in working for a San Mateo that has a place for all people. She has put in innumerable hours working for her community, engaging with some of the central issues of our time: housing, immigration, education.
Holding handmade posters highlighting health concerns, members of the community gathered outside a San Mateo apartment building in support of tenants who say they’re facing steep rent increases despite their homes being infested with cockroaches, bedbugs and mold.
A former mayor of Foster City and landlord has handed 16 families in San Mateo with exorbitant rent increases of $1,000, and has ignored complaints of mold and pests.
Rent too high?
What can you do about it?