The 12th Annual Housing Hero Awards celebration recognizes community partners who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in providing and/or maintaining housing for people in San Mateo County with mental health and/or substance use conditions. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 24, 2019, 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM, Redwood Shores Library Community Room, 399 Marine Parkway, Redwood City.
The Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo will be accepting online applications between 6/3/19 and 6/14/19 for the Mosaic Garden Project-Based waiting list.
Mosaic Garden is located at 3770 Rolison Road in Redwood City. With the exception of one 1-bedroom unit, all units at Mosaic Garden are studios. The property is currently undergoing rehab that, based on MidPen Housing’s best estimate, will be completed in late September 2019.
Officials and developers broke ground Thursday on a much needed 67-unit apartment in North Fair Oaks at 2821 El Camino Real. The units are expected to become home to veterans, low-income families and those with developmental disabilities. The project leverages a portion of the more than $100 million county officials have committed to affordable housing projects — in large part through the voted-approved sales tax Measure K. Read the full story in the Daily Journal.
This afternoon, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services will join the Change Agent Housing Committee in recognizing San Mateo County’s “Housing Heroes.” The Housing Heroes program honors community partners and colleagues who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in providing or maintaining housing for individuals with mental health and/or substances use issues in San Mateo County.
Promoting health and housing stability helps not only these individuals but also their families and the broader San Mateo County community. Read more here.
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 (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
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 3students 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.
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.
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
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
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