March 27, 2020
I wanted to take this opportunity to pass along some good news. I know we are in difficult times and the Shelter In Place Order is getting more and more challenging for families, but I wanted to let you know that our non-profit organizations and local government agencies are working hard to provide you with needed services from food distribution, moratoriums on evictions and virtual recreation programs.
The Second Harvest Food Bank in conjunction with the Jefferson High School Boosters will be hosting a drive thru food distribution event. The event will take place on Saturdays from 11a-1pm and on Tuesdays from 1pm-3pm at Jefferson High School, 6996 Mission St, Daly City, CA 94014 until further notice. Second Harvest has put together a prepacked box with food panty items, to be distributed to those in need. This is a drive-up event in which attendees will drive up and volunteers will load the vehicle. Making this a simple service with no need to get out of the car. Multiple families can come in a vehicle, but all attendees must be in a car.
A countywide eviction moratorium was adopted by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors effective March 24th through May 31st. The emergency regulation Prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for failure to pay rent if the tenant has suffered economic setbacks related to COVID-19.
Tenants who notify their landlords of their financial hardship due to the pandemic will have a grace period of at least 90 days to get caught up on rent. If you are a tenant and have received an eviction notice from your landlord, please call the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County at (650) 517-8911 and they will advise you. Also, please visit https://www.smcgov.org, for more information on the eviction moratorium will soon be posted there.
Lastly, looking for something to do while sheltering in place? No problem, please visit Town of Colma’s Virtual Recreation Center – https://www.colma.ca.gov/colmavr/. During this time of uncertainty, Colma Recreation Services wants you to know they are still here for you! We know many rely on the Recreation Department for family programming, fitness and fun! Even though our facilities are temporarily closed, The Recreation Department wants to still be able to provide you resources to continue to enrich your lives.
For more information on the shelter in place order or non-medical questions related to the Covid-19 outbreak, please call 2-1-1. Please be safe, and I know by working together we will all get through these challenging times.
John Irish Goodwin, Mayor
Town of Colma