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13th Annual Housing Heroes Award Nominations Due Sep. 14

Lack of stable housing can make recovery from co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues an endless struggle.  Each year we celebrate the individuals and organizations that help individuals with co-occurring issues find or keep housing in San Mateo County.

We invite you to nominate a person (colleague, landlord, property manager, case manager…) or a program for the 13th Annual Housing Heroes Awards.

Submit a nomination online by completing the Electronic Nomination Form.

You can also complete the nomination form and send per instructions on the form. Deadline for submissions is Monday, September 14.

The awards ceremony will be held virtually on Tuesday, October 29, 2020, 9 AM at the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors’ Meeting. Meeting link here.

Fines Now Possible for Violating Health Orders, Including Refusing to Wear Face Covering

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors passed an emergency ordinance authorizing fines for health order violators, along with a series of other virus relief focused measures. 

Individuals can receive a $100 fine for the first violation, $200 for the second and $500 for additional violations within the same year. Fines for commercial entities range from a minimum fine of $250 to a maximum of $3,000 per violation depending on the gravity of the health risk, prior warnings and any good faith efforts to comply. Enforcement officers must personally observe an individual’s violation but can also receive a credible report for a business.

For more details, read the press release here.

Census Bureau Workers Will Visit Unresponsive Households

David Lewis Award Nominations

The San Mateo County Mental Health & Substance Abuse Recovery Commission is seeking nominees for its annual David Lewis Award, recognizing outstanding contributions towards recovery. 

This honor is made to the individual or organization that has made an extraordinary difference in the lives of people with substance abuse disorders and the San Mateo County community. Recognition is given for public education or advocacy around alcohol and other drug abuse issues or to address stigma; services to persons with substance abuse disorders; creation of new and innovative programs or community support activities; recognition of fundraising for substance abuse treatment activities or long-term financial support to substance abuse programs; working for new legislation; and compassionate treatment of persons with alcohol and other drug disorders.

Confidentiality of private information is very important. If you are nominating someone who is in recovery, please be sure that they are comfortable revealing their status.

Awards will be presented to honorees at the San Mateo County Mental Health & Substance Abuse Recovery Commission meeting on September 2, 2020. The Deadline for award nominations is August 12, 2020. 

Download instructions and nomination form below:

Respond Before The Door Knock!

Affordable Housing Community Now Accepting ONLINE Applications

The San Mateo County Housing Authority will accept completed ONLINE applications for the 1 BEDROOM waitlist for Menlo Gateway from August 3 to August 14, 2020. All applications should be submitted online at:

No US Postal mail, fax, or email applications will be accepted.

To Visit Menlo Gateway (OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY): 1345 Willow Road Menlo Park, California 94025
Phone: (650) 323-5615 or (650) 357-9773 TTD | Fax: (650) 323-8443 | Email:

Please see flyer for more details:

Red Cross Offers Virtual Support for Families Who Lost Loved Ones to COVID-19

A team of American Red Cross volunteers have been trained to provide virtual support to families and communities who have suffered a loss as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

San Mateo County is promoting the Virtual Family Assistance Center (VFAC) to its residents. Red Cross volunteers can help families navigate available resources during their difficult time, along with emotional support, counseling and education on COVID-related stress or mental health issues related to children.

Visit to access this resource. People without internet access can call toll-free at 833-492-0094 for confidential and free assistance.

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Combating isolation during covid-19

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