San Mateo County’s Recovery Initiative is a collaboration among local government agencies, community-based organizations and nonprofits, private partners, and residents to promote inclusive recovery and leverage the collective capacity of the whole community to build a more equitable, healthy, and connected San Mateo County.
The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors swiftly reacted to the economic and social crises caused by COVID-19 by approving millions of County funds to support seniors, families, immigrants, small businesses, students, and childcare providers. This historic investment has unlocked over $85 million of additional funds for the San Mateo County community. A more specific breakdown of where these investments have been targeted can be found in the infographic on the right.
Our Equity Vision
The Equity Recovery Group developed a guiding statement for the recovery.
The effects of COVID-19 are amplifying inequities, but the recovery is an opportunity for a collective restart. To create an equitable community, systems, policies, and practices of oppression must be dismantled. Our new systems must eliminate disparities and provide access to quality services for all unserved, underserved, under-resourced, and ineffectively served individuals and families.
The Equity Recovery Group and Committees applied an equity lens to the recommendations by answering five review questions.
Decision Making and Solutions
Who sits at the decision-making table? Are there systematic barriers to participation? Whose perspectives and interests are represented?
What do the various data tell us about the need for the proposed initiative? Specifically, consider race, ethnicity, gender identity and gender expression, income, languages spoken, ability, age, and neighborhood.
Burdens and Benefits
Who would benefit or be burdened by this proposed initiative? Would low-income households or communities of color experience a disproportionate burden? What inequity is being addressed?
Accountability, Communication, and Community Engagement
How will we be accountable to and communicate with the community throughout implementation? How do we engage those who are not often represented in decision making or those most affected by inequities?
If equity considerations have been identified by asking these questions, how will they be addressed?