Category Archives: Housing/Homelessness

11th Annual Housing Heroes Nominations Due Sept. 5

cartoon housesLack 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 (landlord, property manager, case manager…) or a program for the 11th Annual Housing Heroes Awards. Please return nomination forms to Daniel Lacampagne by Wednesday, September 5. Completed forms/photos of completed forms can be emailed (DLacampagne@smcgov.org), faxed (650-369-1501) or texted (650-454-7966). Read more

From Neighborhood to Classroom: Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD)

 

Trauma Informed Care

Trauma Informed Care

For many years, conversations around posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have primarily focused on military veteran populations returning from war. Keeping in mind that exposure to life-threatening, traumatic experiences are not just limited to military veterans, efforts are being made to shed light on other groups that are also impacted by PTSD. One of those groups includes students of color in historically marginalized communities.

1 in 3 students of color living in historically marginalized communities display symptoms of mild to severe PTSD.

In other words, youth of color are twice as likely to experience mild to severe symptoms of PTSD compared to soldiers returning from live combat.

Poverty, institutional racism, homicide, and neighborhood disinvestment represent some of many exposures linked to PTSD among students of color. However, the conversation doesn’t end there.

PTSD assumes a person will experience physical, mental, and emotional distress after being exposed to a traumatic life experience. For students of color, that exposure is continuous. Living in a historically marginalized community means that students will return to and experience traumatic events/conditions such as poverty, institutional racism, homicide, and neighborhood disinvestment, on a daily basis. PTSD on its own does not capture the complexity of those experiences. Thus, students of color living in communities with high exposures to such conditions may actually be experiencing Complex Posttraumatic Disorder, or CPTSD.

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TODAY, May 23 – Waverly Place Apartments Grand Opening

The long awaited grand opening of the Waverly Place Apartments will take place today from 12 to 2:30 p.m. at 105 Fifth Avenue, Redwood City. Lack of affordable housing is one of the biggest barriers faced by those living with behavioral health issues in San Mateo County.

With the support of the Mental Health Services Act, Measure K and other funding sources, Waverly Place is introducing 16 supported housing units for individuals with severe mental illness. Stop by the grand opening grand opening today, and check out this Wellness Matters article for more information.

Waverly Place Apartments Grand Opening Flyer (002)

In the News: Half Moon Bay’s Homeless Service Day

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Staff lend a helping hand on Homeless Service Day. Left to right:  Diana Cervantes, Claudia Ramirez, Cristian Ruiz, Jamie Matter and Jennifer Acuna

On February 8, the Coastside Outpatient Mental Health Clinic participated in a homeless service day, coordinated by the City of Half Moon Bay and the Human Services Agency.

A heavily populated homeless encampment behind the Safeway in Half Moon Bay will be closed by early April. In contrast to other cities that have quickly removed homeless encampments with little notice, Half Moon Bay is taking a planned, phased approach. The goal of the service day was to connect homeless individuals on site to services to support them through this transition.

There were over 27 individual service providers and 14 county agencies and departments, including the Homeless Outreach Team, Adult Resource Management, Coastside Hope and San Mateo Medical Center. Read more

February 1 – NAMI Supported Housing Advocacy Forum

The National Alliance on Mental Illness San Mateo County (NAMI SMC), will be hosting their quarterly advocacy forum on February 1 at 5:30 p.m. This quarter’s meeting topic is “getting creative about supported housing business models and funding.” If you or a loved one deal with serious mental health challenges, then stop by for food, conversation, ideas and possible solutions.

When: Thursday, February 1, 2018, Dinner at 5:30 p.m., Panel Speaks 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Silicon Valley Community Foundation, 1300 El Camino Real, San Mateo

Questions?
Cindy Robbins-Roth, Edgewood: cynthiar@edgewood.org, 415-725-0755
Leanna Harper, Caminar: leannah@caminar.org, 650-393-8976
Helene Zimmerman, NAMI SMC: hzimmer@namisanmateo.org, 650-638-0800

 

10th Annual Housing Heroes Awards Ceremony

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2017 Housing Heroes honorees and BHRS director: Lisa Dixon, (on behalf of Craig and Clarissa Rothe), Lisa Collins, Perrine and Minerva Salariosa, the Ram family and David Young

This past Wednesday, October 18, BHRS, led by the San Mateo County Change Agent Housing Committee, hosted the 10th Annual Housing Heroes Awards. Safe, affordable housing is an essential part of the recovery process. Unfortunately, finding affordable housing in San Mateo County is more challenging than ever, especially for those who have substance use or mental health issues. These awards honor the individuals and organizations who have helped people with these issues find or keep stable housing. Read more

Don’t Miss it – Housing Heroes, October 18

cartoon housesMake sure you don’t miss out on San Mateo County’s 10th annual Housing Heroes ceremony this Wednesday, October 18.

Join Behavioral Health and Recovery Services and San Mateo County Supervisor, Carole Groom to honor individuals who have helped those with substance use and/or mental health issues find or keep stable housing.

Hear inspiring stories from BHRS clients about these caring and compassionate Housing Heroes who make a difference and change lives. The event will be held at the Redwood Shores Library from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

For more information see the event flier or check out the press release.

Questions?
Diane Dworkin (650) 363-4111
ddworkin@smcgov.org

Tenth Annual Housing Heroes

Housing Heroes Flier Pic

Safe, affordable housing is an essential part of the recovery process. Join Behavioral Health and Recovery Services and San Mateo County Supervisor, Carole Groom, on Wednesday, October 18 to honor individuals who have helped those with substance use and/or mental health issues find or keep stable housing.

Hear inspiring stories from BHRS clients about these caring and compassionate Housing Heroes who make a difference and change lives. The event will be held at the Redwood Shores Library from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

For more information see the event flier.

Questions?
Diane Dworkin (650) 363-4111
ddworkin@smcgov.org

Submit a Nomination: 10th Annual Housing Heroes Awards

cartoon housesSan Mateo County’s Change Agent Housing Committee is proudly hosting the 10th annual Housing Heroes Awards. Lack of stable housing can make recovery from substance abuse and mental health issues an endless struggle. The awards honor the landlords, property managers, case managers etc., who offer support and housing to these individuals when they need it most.

This year’s awards ceremony will be held in Redwood City on Wednesday, October 18. If you know someone who has helped individuals with mental health and/or substance use issues find or keep housing in San Mateo County, please submit a nomination form by Tuesday, September 19.

 

 

County Gives $44M to Housing

County gives $44M to housing: Supervisors aim to leverage locally-controlled revenue for affordable units  – Daily Journal, 5/17/17

After pinching pennies where possible, San Mateo County officials cranked up their commitment to addressing the skyrocketing cost of living by allocating $43.75 million toward affordable housing over the next two years.

For weeks, the Board of Supervisors and county staff have been tinkering with a budget proposal on how to leverage locally-controlled sales tax dollars in support of housing solutions for low-income earners. On Tuesday, the board unanimously approved a blueprint for how it will spend Measure K proceeds.

The half-cent sales tax recently extended by voters generates about $80 million annually and supports a range of services from parks to mental health programs and information technology equipment to transit operations.

An initial proposal to commit $15 million annually prompted advocates to contend the housing crisis demands more urgent action. County officials responded by considering cuts to other expenditures and eventually landed on a plan to spend $22.5 million next fiscal year and $21.25 million the following.

– See more on the Daily Journal.

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