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COVID-19 Resources, Emergency Funding, Eviction Moratorium, County Parks Open and Free, Public Health Updates, Census 2020 Needs YOU
 
 
 
 
 
Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman
Mike's Monthly Message
Special March 2020 Edition
COVID-19 Resources
Supervisor Wasserman holding sign that says Let's Fight COVID-19 Together #SiliconValleyStrong
I hope that you and your families are safe and healthy during this pandemic. These are truly unprecedented times and while the majority of residents are not infected, we are all affected. My staff and I compiled some resources for Santa Clara County residents that can help guide you and answer questions as we navigate these uncharted waters together. Please visit my website to view a list of resources including general questions and assistance with food, childcare, distance learning, housing and taxes, as well as resources for workers, businesses and consumers. You can also connect with local groups looking for volunteers and donations.
Emergency Funding
The Board of Supervisors is taking bold action to provide relief to our residents in the face of this crisis. On March 24, my colleagues and I conducted a virtual Board meeting. Among many actions, we approved $2,000,000 for the Silicon Valley Community Foundation: SCC COVID-19 Regional Response Fund. We also approved $1,000,000 toward Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Nonprofit Support Fund. In addition, $1,000,000 for the Santa Clara County Homelessness Prevention System is in the works to address the expected increase in at-risk families seeking temporary rent assistance. We will continue to look for and implement creative solutions to help our community get through this health and economic crisis.
Eviction Moratorium
The Board also approved a Countywide Urgency Ordinance that puts a temporary moratorium on evictions for both residential and small business commercial renters. This will block evictions for nonpayment of rent due to impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. The eviction moratorium will expire on May 31 unless lifted or extended by the Board of Supervisors based on current events at that time. It’s important to note that the moratorium does not forgive rent nonpayment or restrict a landlord’s future ability to recover past due rent.

Financial help is on the way for property owners as well: On Thursday, March 25, Governor Newsom announced Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, Citibank and J.P. Morgan Chase, as well as 200 smaller banks and credit unions, have agreed to a 90-day mortgage payment grace period for Californians impacted by COVID-19. Additionally, Bank of America announced that they are deferring mortgage payments on a monthly basis until the crisis is over. Property owners should contact their lender for more information.

County Parks Open and Free
Image depicting proper social distancing measures
Connecting people to nature and outdoor open spaces is more important than ever during this unprecedented pandemic. At the request of both myself and Supervisor Joe Simitian, our Santa Clara County Parks remain open to the public and entry fee free. However, it is critical that the trails are used in a safe and responsible manner. Under the COVID-19 Health Order, people may leave their home to exercise, but must comply with social distancing requirements while doing so and then return to their home to shelter in place. The park trails are for exercise only. Social gatherings of any kind are prohibited. This includes picnicking, barbecuing, and hiking in organized groups. Complying with social distancing means remaining at least 6 feet apart from anyone not in your immediate household. Be sure to check the Parks website for update information before heading out.
Public Health Updates
Accurate data is foundational to combatting COVID-19. In order to get a more precise count of testing in the Bay Area, private labs conducting COVID-19 tests are now required to report all results to the appropriate state and local health officials. Earlier this week, the Public Health Officers of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara, with the City of Berkeley, announced new reporting requirements for public and private laboratories. Prior to this order, most labs reported only positive results, making it difficult for public health officials to understand how many people are being tested overall. The new order requires laboratories to report all positive, negative and inconclusive results. The more comprehensive information will improve health officials’ understanding of the rates of infection and the location of possible infection clusters. To keep up to date on the spread of COVID-19 in Santa Clara and how to protect your family, please visit the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department website.
Census 2020 Needs You
Count Me In 2020 Census
Have you been counted? The U.S. census is happening NOW and we need you to be counted. Census data – which is kept private – is used to calculate how much of the more than $675 billion in annual federal funding will be earmarked for California services. Census data also assists in the drawing of voting precincts, congressional and state legislative districts, and school districts. If there is an undercount in California, the state could lose a seat in Congress and receive less federal funding for things such as housing, schools and healthcare. Remember, taking 10 minutes to fill out the Census will have a positive impact on your community for the next 10 years!
 
 
Supervisor Mike Wasserman is the Vice-President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.
He represents District 1, which includes Gilroy, San Martin, Morgan Hill, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and portions of San Jose. www.supervisorwasserman.org

Office of Supervisor Mike Wasserman - County of Santa Clara
70 W. Hedding St.
East Wing, 10th Floor
San Jose, CA 95110
United States
408-299-5010
district1@bos.sccgov.org


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