How is the issue of housing affecting you and those you care about? Join us for a different type of dialogue about housing in our community on May 18, 2019.
This second conversation will build upon the feedback and input we received from our first gathering April 27, as well as ongoing outreach activities in the community.
“Community Conversations: Housing in San Mateo” is a joint effort between the City and Home for All, a San Mateo County collaborative aimed at helping our community talk more constructively about the shared challenge of housing. Our goal is to create an inclusive environment for dialogue where all people are welcome to share their perspectives. This effort starts with you!
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Tell a friend and click here to register today for our second Community Conversation on Saturday, May 18 at Hillsdale High School.
Why Are These Conversations Taking Place?
Over the past several years, rents and home prices have continued to rise throughout San Mateo County. While our region is experiencing historic economic growth, many in our community have not seen their paychecks go up. As a result, people are being forced to move away from the city they love. Workers are commuting from farther distances, adding to traffic on our highways. Multiple families are living in crowded apartments, creating potentially unsafe living conditions. Seniors who have contributed so much to our city are struggling to stay in their homes.
The challenge of housing affects all of us. That's why the time is right for us to come together, to join with others who care about San Mateo and to share our ideas for the future.
Although these discussions aren’t part of a specific project or the General Plan update, our community’s perspectives will be especially helpful as the City evaluates future housing-related policies.
Let's Talk - Join the Conversation
The second event takes place Saturday, May 18, 2019. Bring a friend and RSVP for your free tickets online today!
When: May 18. Doors open at 9 a.m. for breakfast and childcare with the discussion to follow from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Free child care and Spanish translation will be provided.
Where: Hillsdale High School, 3115 Del Monte St., cafeteria. Parking is free.
San Mateo is one of five cities participating in the 2019 Home for All Community Engagement Pilot Program, an initiative that started in 2018 to bring the most innovative forms of community engagement to jurisdictions in the County.
The City was awarded a grant to participate in early 2019 and plans to host two conversations, the first of which will inform the second event on May 18. Our goals for the program include building a shared understanding of how housing challenges affect the entire community and to broaden participation in the discussion.
Other cities that participated in 2018 found bringing new participants into the conversation enhanced the community's perspective on this important issue. We hope to engage people from all backgrounds, especially those who have not participated in housing conversations before. These events are intended to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible, so please join us and tell a friend!
The City of San Mateo, San Mateo County Department of Housing and local partner agencies in the community offer a variety of housing resources for renters, landlords, homeowners and first-time home buyers.
- Rental Housing Programs
- Home Ownership Programs
- Minor Home Repair Programs
- Landlord/Tenant, Fair Housing and Foreclosure Information
San Mateo also has a below market rate (inclusionary) program. This requires developers of new multi-family housing to provide a certain percentage of the units within the project as affordable to very low, low or moderate income residents. Learn more on our Developer Resources page.