Over 14,000 households in San Mateo County are at risk of eviction on June 30th, 2021.
News from Sacramento
The Legislature and Governor must pass an extension to the eviction moratorium before June 30. It would most likely be passed as a budget trailer bill. Thus far, no moratorium extension has been included in the budget.
While there is progress in the legislature towards improving the debt relief program, without an extension of the eviction moratorium, those improvements will be meaningless. The debt relief program needs to be improved AND given time to work. As of today, no protections are secure at the state level.
News from San Mateo
Following several weeks of public pressure from Faith in Action Bay Area leaders, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors committed to putting local eviction moratoria on the June 29 Board of Supervisors agenda. "Should the Governor not sign it, we better be prepared and have some action plan in place to assist those who are potentially going to be evicted," Supervisor Carole Groom stated.
Supervisor David Canepa referenced the scripture shared by Rabbi Moshe Heyn of the Coastside Jewish Community, and added: "If the state does not extend the moratorium, I think we should be prepared to pass our own ordinance at the June 29 meeting. I am proposing a 120 day moratorium."
Supervisor Don Horsley noted his intention to sponsor the item with Supervisor Warren Slocum. The Supervisors requested that staff prepare one moratoria extension for the entire county and one for unincorporated areas, while county lawyers consider the legal terrain of these policies.
Data: Let's Do the Numbers
How many San Mateo County families are at risk for eviction? According to Urban Footprint, an estimated 14,060 households in San Mateo County have rent debt as of March 2021--through no fault of their own--leaving them at risk of eviction.
How many San Mateo County households have applied for rent relief funds? 1,843, which means that 86.9% of families who need rent relief have not yet applied for it.