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How is the issue of housing affecting you and those you care about? The City did extensive outreach in the community before it held two events, the first on April 27, 2019 and the second on May 18, 2019. The second conversation was built upon the feedback and input that was received from the first gathering. 

“Community Conversations: Housing in San Mateo” was a joint effort between the City and Home for All, a San Mateo County collaborative aimed at helping our community talk more constructively about the shared challenge of housing. The goal of the events was to create an inclusive environment for community members to discuss an issue that affects us all.   

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Why Did These Conversations Take Place?

Over the past several years, rents and home prices have continued to rise throughout San Mateo County. While our region is experiencing historic economic growth, many in our community have not seen their paychecks go up. As a result, people are being forced to move away from the city they love. Workers are commuting from farther distances, adding to traffic on our highways. Multiple families are living in crowded apartments, creating potentially unsafe living conditions. Seniors who have contributed so much to our city are struggling to stay in their homes. 

The challenge of housing affects all of us. That's why it is important for us to join with others who care about San Mateo and to share our ideas for the future. 

Although these discussions weren't part of a specific project or the General Plan update, our community’s perspectives will be especially helpful as the City evaluates future housing-related policies.  

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  2. Feedback and Reports
  3. Resources

Home for All SponsorsSan Mateo was one of five cities participating in the 2019 Home for All Community Engagement Pilot Program, an initiative that started in 2018 to bring the most innovative forms of community engagement to jurisdictions in the County. 

The City was awarded a grant to participate in early 2019 and hosted two conversations, the first of which will informed the second event on May 18. Our goals for the program included building a shared understanding of how housing challenges affect the entire community and to broaden participation in the discussion. 

Other cities that participated in 2018 found bringing new participants into the conversation enhanced the community's perspective on this important issue. We engaged people from all backgrounds, especially those who had not participated in housing conversations before. These events were intended to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible. Please take a moment to review our meeting presentations and reports.

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