The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved providing $2 million to a fund supporting immigrants who are economically impacted by COVID-19 and who are not eligible for state or federal assistance due to their immigration status.
The San Mateo County Immigrant Relief Fund also includes $5 million in seed funding provided by local developer and philanthropist John A. Sobrato, and $1.7 million from additional private donors, the county said.
“These individuals often work in low-wage jobs in the restaurant, hospitality, home-care and other service industries in an area with some of the highest rents and property values in the country,” county officials stated.
The $2 million provided by the county comes from Measure K, the voter-approved, countywide half-cent sales tax extension. The Board of Supervisors will receive a status report about the fund in about a month and will consider adding funds to the effort, according to the county.
Learn more about the fund and apply here.