May 31

Board of Supervisors extends countywide eviction moratorium

Posted on May 31, 2020 at 5:37 pm by Clay Curtin

On May 26, 2020, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved a 30-day extension on the adopted Emergency Regulation 2020-001. The emergency resolution placed a temporary moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent by those directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic for residential tenants countywide and for small business commercial tenants in unincorporated San Mateo County The Emergency Regulation is now set to expire on June 30, 2020.  

While the emergency regulation remains in effect, if a tenant does not make a rent payment when it is due, and the landlord wishes to move forward with an eviction for that failure to timely pay rent, the landlord must first send the tenant a copy of the updated "Notice Re: San Mateo County Emergency Regulation 2020-001" and follow the instructions described in the regulation.

After the landlord provides the tenant with a copy of this Notice, the tenant has 14 days to notify the landlord in writing  that the tenant cannot pay the rent in full and on time, and provide the landlord with documentation showing that the tenant’s inability to pay is directly due to COVID-19. 

Ways that a tenant’s inability to pay rent may include:
  • Increased out-of-pocket medical costs related to COVID-19
  • Loss of household income as a result of being sick or caring for a household member who is sick with COVID-19 or as a result of caring for a household or family member who is sick with COVID-19
  • Loss of income because of a lay-off, loss of hours, loss of business, or other income reduction resulting from COVID-19
  • Inability to work because of the need to care for minor children affected by school, preschool and/or childcare closures
Landlords and tenants who have questions can review the Frequently Asked Questions or contact the San Mateo County Department of Housing via email or by calling 650-363-7873.

May 29

Housing site offers COVID-19 isolation and recovery option

Posted on May 29, 2020 at 11:56 am by Clay Curtin

The County of San Mateo’s alternative housing site provides a safe, comfortable space for residents to recover from COVID-19 in isolation. The alternative housing site provides temporary housing for individuals who are directly affected by the coronavirus and houses those who cannot isolate on their own or have pending test results. 

The site is operated by San Mateo County Human Services Agency and supported by San Mateo County Health. Guests receive three meals a day, delivered by Nuro the robot. By using Nuro to deliver food it provides contactless delivery of goods and can reduce the spread of COVID-19.  

To learn more about the program watch the video below: 

May 25

Talking with your family and keeping a routine while at home

Posted on May 25, 2020 at 8:16 pm by Clay Curtin

San Mateo County's stay-at-home order has impacted our community and our loved ones in many ways.This can be a stressful and emotional time for all. With younger kids not going to daycare or school to see their friends, younger children may not have the words to describe feelings and are more likely to act out their stress, anxiety, or fear through challenging behaviors.

Fear, uncertainty, and being holed up at home to slow the spread of COVID-19 can make it tough for families to keep a sense of calm. But it's important to help children feel safe, keep healthy routines, manage their behavior and build resilience. Respond to your child’s reactions in a supportive way, listen to their concerns and give them extra love and attention. 

Tips for helping younger children during COVID-19:
  • Address your children's fears by talking with them and answering any questions they may have
  • Keep healthy and structured routines
  • Use positive discipline and redirect bad behavior
  • Take care of yourself and remember to breath
Social distancing requirements may be especially hard for teenagers, who may feel cut off from their friends and regular activities. Teens may understandably feel disappointment as milestone events such as graduations, proms, and other events are cancelled or postponed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is important that during this time that you talk to your teens and answer any questions they may have. By working together to create a "new normal," they can feel included on structuring their daily routine. This can be a time where you can get your teen engaged in new traditions or projects that they may not have time to do before while having fun! Stay connected to friends and loved one's by weekly video chatting or doing an activity together. 

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