Building on the work and momentum of the Closing the Jobs/Housing Gap Task Force, which was chaired by Supervisors Don Horsley and Warren Slocum, the Supervisors and their many community partners have launched the Home for All Initiative.

The purpose of the initiative is to inspire community support for a variety of housing options so that everyone in San Mateo County has an affordable home. Led by a diverse Steering Council, Home for All has established four work groups: Outreach and Education, Funding, Legislation and Policy, and Mobility. 

The work groups are exploring innovative ways to meet our community’s growing and inter-related housing and transportation needs and will be hosting educational events and information sharing opportunities in the upcoming months.  
In September of 2015, the Task Force brought together over 50 community leaders and problem solvers to discuss ways to close the jobs/housing gap. After a year of work, the Task Force recommended launching Home for All and developed the following products to guide and support the Initiative:
In November 2016, voters in San Mateo County passed Measure K, extending the existing 1/2 cent sales tax until 2036. The Board of Supervisors will allocate Measure K funds for housing and other initiatives during their budget hearings in June of 2017.  

Eleven city and town councils, plus the Board of Supervisors and the City/County Association of Governments have adopted a resolution supporting the Home for All Initiative and committed to working collaboratively to close the jobs/housing gap. Resolutions have been adopted by Belmont, Burlingame, Colma, East Palo Alto, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Pacifica, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos and San Mateo. In the upcoming months, Brisbane, Menlo Park, San Bruno, and South San Francisco will consider the resolution.
Home for All wants to increase the number of community members actively working to close the jobs/housing gap. Together we can make San Mateo County Home for All, here's how:
  • Invite Amanda Orozco and the Home for All Team to make a presentation at your City Council meeting, organization’s luncheon, roundtable meeting or event or to order brochures to hand out in your community.
  • Attend workshops where you will learn how to engage in productive conversations about the jobs/housing gap and how it can be reduced. See the Home for All website for workshop dates and times.
  • Share this newsletter with individuals and groups looking to become more involved.
  • Visit the Home for All website at www.homeforallsmc.org to learn more.
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