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San Mateo County

Our Commitment to a Lasting Impact

Serving the Entire Community

 

Welcome to our dedicated page highlighting the needs and impact in San Mateo County. San Mateo County is home to the tech industry and with that, a community with its own unique challenges. We are dedicated to addressing the pressing needs of our San Mateo residents and fostering a stronger, more equitable region.

 

We recognize the need for support and services. Through this page, we aim to provide you with valuable data and insights that shed light on the specific challenges faced by our San Mateo community and the collective efforts we undertake to drive lasting impact that benefits individuals, families, and the entire community.

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Meet Marcia.

 

As a mother of three small children and a first-generation college student with ADHD, Marcia was finding it difficult to navigate the complicated processes of securing financial aid for her college studies. She was also having challenges accessing the College’s Food Pantry, a food assistance program provided in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank, while caring for her family.

 

When Marcia first came to the SparkPoint Center at Cañada Community College, she brought along her two-year-old daughter. SparkPoint® Centers work with families to meet their basic needs, increase their income, build their credit, increase their savings, and reduce their debt. SparkPoint gave Marcia a place where she could feel comfortable visiting with children in tow, ask her questions, and speak candidly about the financial hardship she was experiencing.

 

“I felt like I came to the right place.”

 

With the help of SparkPoint’s coaches, Marcia started actively managing her budget, building her credit, accessing the food pantry, and applying for scholarships. Marcia graduated magna cum laude and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She achieved her Associate’s degree in Digital Art and Animation with a certificate in web design.

33,374 people served through UWBA programs

53,390 individuals are experiencing food insecurity

$124,811 Real Cost measure for a family of 4

The Need in San Mateo County

Income Inequality in San Mateo County is Growing

Among full time workers In San Mateo County, the income of low-wage workers decreased 9% between 2000 and 2019, while high-wage workers' income increased up to 22%.

Access to basic needs is difficult for many

54,921 households in Solano County struggle to meet basic needs including paying for food and groceries, housing and utility bills; and keeping up with monthly car payments and other transportation costs.

Housing is a cost burden for many residents

95,558 households in San Mateo County are housing burdened, spending more than 30% of household income on rent.

Our Impact in the Community

 

 

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Housing Justice

(A free, vital service that connects callers with health and human services (food, shelter, childcare, legal services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. in 150 languages))

 

United Way Bay Area has distributed $970,000 in grants to partner organizations including HIP Housing and Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County.

 

Learn More About Our Housing Justice work

SparkPoint Center

(Centers that provide one-stop access to a full range of services to move families towards financial prosperity.)

 

San Mateo County Sparkpoint centers provided critical services to 5,492 individuals and provided coaching to help 82% of clients moving toward achieving their financial goals.

 

Learn More About SparkPoint

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Labor Partnerships

(We connect union workers and their families with basic needs resources, legal services, and workforce training opportunities, as well as hardship funds when necessary.)

 

The San Mateo County Community Services team worked with our community partner, Second Harvest Food Bank of Silicon Valley to serve 3,2239 families and 533.455 pounds of food.

 

Learn More About our Labor Partnerships

Explore the Data

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The Real Cost Measure

 

United Ways of California, in partnership with California’s 29 local United Ways, is proud to release How Much it Costs to Struggle: The Real Cost Measure in California 2023, a study on what it takes to make ends meet in California.

 

Unlike the official poverty measure which primarily accounts for the cost of food, the Real Cost Measure factors the costs of housing, food, health care, childcare, transportation and other basic needs to reveal what it really costs to live in California.


Explore our Real Cost Measure dashboard
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211 Bay Area

 

(A free, vital service that connects callers with health and human services (food, shelter, childcare, legal services))

 

2-1-1 phone and text services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are available in 150 languages through phone interpretation services and English and Spanish for text services.


Explore our 211 Dashboard

San Mateo County Impact Sheet

 

We have a wealth of information to share. Our San Mateo County Infographic delves into the needs of the county and what we are doing to address it.

 

Sign-Up and Access Our Impact Sheet

 

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Sign-Up and Access All County Impact Sheets

 

These “Impact Fact Sheets” summarize the key findings of the needs in each of our 8 Bay Area Counties that we serve and our collective community impact so you can quickly access this important information.

 

Bay Area Impact Analysis By County

 

We have been working to alleviate poverty across our eight‐county region for a century. We invite you to learn more about our work, our relationships.

 

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Alameda County

116,630 individuals are experiencing food insecurity in Alameda County alone.

See Alameda’s Need

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Contra Costa County

27,709 renter-households with low incomes DO NOT have access to an affordable home.

See Contra Costa’s Need

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Marin County

40,404 households in Marin County spend more than 30% of household income on rent.

See Marin County’s Need

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Napa County

Full-time income for workers in low-wage jobs decreased 10% between 2000 and 2019, while high-wage job income increased 13%.

See Napa County’s Need

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San Francisco County

A typical family of four needs $127,332 just to meet basic needs. The median income for SF residents is $119,136.

See San Francisco’s Need

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San Mateo County

33,374 individuals have been served through UWBA programs – that’s nearly twice the seating capacity of the Chase Center.

See San Mateo’s Need

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Santa Clara County

27,400 children are experiencing food insecurity.

See Santa Clara’s Need

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Solano County

54,584 households are housing burdened, spending more than 30% of household income on rent.

See Solano County’s Need

Partner Agencies

 

  • Asian American Tax & Accounting Consultants (AATAC)
  • Asian, Inc.
  • Bay Area Legal Aid
  • CALL Primrose
  • City of South San Francisco (Project Read)*
  • Coastside Hope*
  • Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA)
  • Compass Family Services
  • Daly City Peninsula Partnership Collaborative
  • Fair Oaks Community Center
  • HIP Housing*
  • Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County*
  • Mental Health Association of San Mateo County
  • Mid-Peninsula Boys and Girls Club
  • Pacifica Resource Center*
  • Peninsula Family Service
  • Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. (Meals on Wheels Program)
  • Planned Parenthood Northern California
  • Puente de la Costa Sur*
  • Redwood City School District
  • Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center*
  • Samaritan House*
  • San Francisco-Marin Food Bank
  • San Jose City College
  • San Mateo County Community College District (Cañada College)*
  • San Mateo County Community College District (College of San Mateo)*
  • San Mateo County Community College District (Skyline College)*
  • San Mateo County Human Services Agency
  • San Mateo Credit Union
  • San Mateo Labor Council
  • Second Harvest of Silicon Valley (Food Bank)
  • St. Anthony Padua Dining Room
  • St. Francis Center
  • St. Vincent de Paul of San Mateo County
  • StarVista
  • Tax-Aid*
  • The GROVE Foundation
  • WeHOPE

 

* UWBA Grantees

Make a Difference

 

We have been working to alleviate poverty across our eight‐county region for a century. We invite you to learn more about our work, our relationships.

 

Support Our Region

Now that you know the need, support our region and make a difference today!

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Partner With Us On Your CSR Goals

Find out how we can partner to amplify your community support and create a lasting impact together.

Partnerships

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Your Voice Matters

Raise your voice and advocate for policy measures that drive positive change and uplift the needs of our community.

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San Mateo County Quiz

Roughly, what is the Real Cost Measure for a family of 4 in San Mateo County?





By what percentage did the income of low-wage workers decrease by between 2000 and 2019?