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SamTrans Increases Service, resumes Fare Collection

In response to COVID-19, SamTrans is updating their schedule and operations effective Sunday, August 16. In addition to more frequent service, the agency will resume fare collection and front-door boarding with the installation of protective barriers that allow customers to pay their fare while avoiding contact with bus operators. 

The new schedule restores more frequent service on 14 routes, including ECR120130 and 292, to accommodate increased ridership and allow for physical distancing onboard. The service plan also makes adjustments to routes primarily serving schools in response to their plans for distance learning.

With the resumption of fare payment and front-door boarding, customers are encouraged to use contactless payment methods like Clipper or the SamTrans Mobile app. Exact fare is required for cash payment as change cards are no longer issued onboard.

Please read the details here.

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.

Organized by the San Mateo County Change Agent Housing Committee.

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.

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: http://www.mysmchousing.com/

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: gateway@midpen-housing.org

Please see flyer for more details:

SamTrans Launches “Ride Now” Taxi Subsidy Pilot Program

Job Opportunity: Volunteer Coordinator at Star Vista Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Center

StarVista CISPC has been the only 24-hour suicide and crisis hotline in San Mateo County. This telephone-accessed service is staffed 24-hours a day, 365 days a year through a combination of paid staff and over 50 trained volunteers. The Center is both a critical first point of contact for people in need of referrals to social services and a last resort for people on the brink of suicide to reach out for help.

The volunteer coordinator will be responsible for maintaining the crisis line and its volunteer program, as well as assisting with the development of the new crisis text services to youth that will begin in August 2020.

Job Title: Volunteer Coordinator
Hours: Full-time, 40 Hour/week
Program/Department: Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center
Salary/Status: DOE, Exempt 40 hours a week.
Availability: **Position to start August 1. Ideal candidate can participate in training sessions Tues/Thurs (6-9pm) in July.**

To Apply:
Please e-mail resume and cover letter of why you are interested in this position to zena.andreani@star-vista.org

For more information, please click here.

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