Free COVID-19 Testing at the King Center

The City of San Mateo is offering free COVID-19 testing

Martin Luther King Recreation Center (725 Monte Diablo Blvd)
Saturday, September 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This testing is free to anyone over 5 years old, whether or not they have symptoms or health insurance, and regardless of immigration status. You only need to provide very limited information (such as a telephone number or email address to receive your results) in order to be tested. This test is fast and easy, all participants need to do is swab their mouth. 

Information will be available in both English and Spanish, and we will have Spanish speakers at the testing site. While we encourage advanced registration to make the process go faster, walk-ups are also welcome.


La ciudad de San Mateo esta ofrienciendo pruebas de COVID-19 gratuitas en el Centro de recreación Martin Luther King (725 Monte Diablo Blvd.) el sábado 26 de septiembre de 9 a.m. a 1 p.m. 

Esta prueba es gratis para cualquier persona mayor de 5 años. No importa si tiene o no tiene sintomas,  seguro médico, o estatus migratorio. Solo necesita proporcionar información muy limitada (como un número de teléfono o una dirección de correo electrónico para recibir sus resultados) para hacer la prueba. Esta prueba es rápida y fácil, todo lo que los participantes deben hacer es frotarse la boca. Esperamos que esto haga las pruebas de COVID-19  más accesibles para nuestras comunidades más vulnerables. La información estará disponible en inglés y español, y tendremos personas que hablen espanol en el sitio de prueba. Recomendamos registrarse con anticipacion para que el proceso sea más rápido, las visitas sin cita previa también son bienvenidas.

Grab and Go Senior Lunches

Grab and Go lunches at the MLK Community Center

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The San Mateo Senior Services Section is now offering Grab and Go Lunches for Seniors 60+.

Lunches include:
– Hot main course
– Veggies
– Salad
– Dessert or Fruit

Contact 650-522-7490 for reservations and information
Suggested Donation of $4.00

MLK Jr Community Center
725 Monte Diablo
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Car Pickups: 12-12:30pm
Walk Ups: 12:30-12:45pm

At each location, please remain in your cars to pick-up lunches. There will be two stations set-up: the first stop will be check-in and payment, and the second stop the food will be handed to you through your passenger side window. 

Please wear a mask to keep yourself and Parks and Recreation staff safe.

Covid, fires, lost jobs – Here’s how you can help now

We all have neighbors who need a little help right now.
Please consider supporting the Samaritan House with anything additional you might have this month.

Please donate now

Living through COVID-19 and the current Bay Area fires is challenging for all of us. It can be especially hard for many of our neighbors. We all know stories of people losing their jobs and even their homes. 

How Samaritan house supports the community

Food: The Samaritan House is directly feeding ~1,000 people a day. They are anticipating a need to serve 2.5 million meals this next year.Shelter & Financial

Assistance: Rental assistance to many neighbors in need. Distributing ~$200,000 a week and that number is climbing.

Healthcare: Provide social workers to aid in people in getting the services they need.

Won’t you please take a moment to donate what you can? 
Please donate now

Upcoming HANCSM General Meeting – Going Virtual 🎆

We are going to be hosting our next general meeting virtually and we encourage you all to attend. 👩‍💻👨‍💻

Meeting Date: May 28th
Meeting Time: 7-8pm
Location: Zoom –
🍕 Update: Since we can’t deliver pizza to everyone, have something from a local San Mateo shop, as you are able.

Topics include:

  • Update from the Samaritan House team on the services they provide and ways you can help out.
  • Conversation on the San Mateo Safe Streets program and a city-wide COVID19 update from the city of San Mateo.
  • General neighborhood updates.

Reach out to the HANCSM board for any further information or questions.

Meeting Link
Meeting room opens at 6:30pm for testing connections and meeting a new neighbor

Meeting ID: 718 9601 1607
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Help Us Get North Central out of the FEMA Flood Zone today!

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Help our neighborhood’s flood improvement project move forward today! 
Please send the city council a message at this afternoon urging them to approve this project on tonight’s consent calendar. Here is a template for you to use:

Dear Mayor Goethals and members of the City Council,

The North Shoreview Flood Improvement Project will protect our neighborhood from future flooding, and it is very important that you, the City Council, support the city staff’s recommendations on how to move forward with it today.

Please support the city staff’s recommendation to negotiate a contract with more favorable terms with the lowest responsible bidder, Anderson Pacific Engineering Construction. Because the COVID-19 outbreak will likely lower some construction costs over the coming two-year implementation of the project, we should take the measures recommended by the City’s staff to safeguard our city finances whilel ensuring this project proceeds on its promised timeline.

A ‘yes’ decision today will allow the City to move forward with the project now, while saving the city money in what will likely be an uncertain economic time for the City.Taking this action will allow people in our neighborhood to save a lot of money, who are already taxing themselves and who will no longer have to pay high flood insurance premiums. This is a needed investment in our neighborhood’s sustainable and resilient infrastructure, and moving forward tonight will keep our promised timeline.

Your Name

Tonight the City Council will be making a very important decision affecting residents of our neighborhood. The North Shoreview Flood Improvement Project is up on tonight’s consent calendar for approval by the council. It is extremely important for our neighborhood that this project moves forward now, especially in light of the uncertainty of caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This engineering construction project will enhance the levees and flood control for the low lying areas of our neighborhood, removing parcels currently in the flood zone out of the flood zone. Please help us ensure this project moves forward by sending a comment to the city council by 4pm today!

Community Support – Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

🧐 Where to find information:

City of San Mateo COVID-19 Updates

San Mateo County Novel Coronavirus Updates

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

🙏🏼 Where to get help:

S.A.S.H. – Shopping Assistance for Seniors who are Homebound
This program is looking for both seniors to support and volunteers to help.

S.A.S.H. is a grocery shopping and delivery service for homebound seniors who are able to cook for themselves. A volunteer shopper will shop and deliver groceries to you on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Your volunteer will take your order and deliver your groceries the next day. You only pay for the groceries; there is no fee for the service. For more information on receiving service or volunteering your time, contact Amber Shong at (650) 522-7493 or

Call 2-1-1 with all non-emergency and non-medical inquiries.
The 2-1-1 information service also offers a text option. Text “coronavirus” to “211211” to receive useful information from the CDC. After receiving a return text message, residents can enter a ZIP code for county-specific health-related links.

Samaritan House
Samaritan House, the Lead Core Agency in San Mateo County, will be open and providing essential services to low-income County residents as long as circumstances permit.

All Food & Nutrition, Free Clinic, Case Management (including rental and utility assistance, etc.), Coordinated Entry System for Homelessness Diversion & Placement, and the Safe Harbor Homeless Shelter are operating, although some access or availability may be restricted. 

Please call 1 (650) 347-3648 first to see how to access these programs and for health screening before entering. Samaritan House will continue to provide “backbone” services to partner agencies throughout San Mateo County, including the disbursement of assistance funding through the Core Agency Network. 

Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County
The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County has money for rental assistance. Their coordinator for this program is Maria Chatterjee. Tenants can start the application process by calling her directly at 650-517-8939. They are all working remotely, so please leave a message at that number. Right now, they can only help tenants with March or April rent payments.

General Plan Draft Alternatives Open House

The City is updating the General Plan, which is a road map for the City’s future (through 2040). The General Plan contains policies that will be used by future decision makers regarding topics such as housing, transportation, safety, parks and open space, and how the city adapts to climate change. Community input is a vitally important part of the process to update the General Plan.
The General Plan project team are preparing draft alternatives which will be shared at community events in March.  Come check out the draft alternatives at one of the Open House events and bring a friend! 

Drop-in anytime during the event and stay as long as you want.
Note: the same information will be provided at each Open House.

If you have questions about the General Plan, please contact Julia Klein at or call 650-522-7216. 

HANCSM Neighborhood Community Meeting

Come meet your neighbors and enjoy some light refreshments (también hablamos español) – all are welcome to join our HANCSM General Meeting!

When and Where

Thursday, February 27, 2020
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center
725 Monte Diablo Avenue


  • Welcome & Intro – Adam Nugent, President of HANCSM
  • Police Report – Area 1 Lieutenant Ryan Monaghan and Police Chief Ed Barberini
    • Receive an update on police activity and programs in our region.
  • Guest Presentation: Proposed Affordable Housing Project – MidPen Housing Corp.
    • MidPen housing will provide an update on the city-owned downtown affordable housing and parking garage sites at Claremont St. and 4th/5th Ave.
  • Halftime – Meet a neighbor!
  • Special Presentation: Tenant Protections – State Law Presentation
    • Learn about the new state law – California Assembly Bill 1482: The Tenant Protection Act of 2019

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