Amourence Lee · LIKE IT IS with MAYOR LEE
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Vote for Hope: New Beginnings Housing Project #BlackHistoryMonth

Last night, I had the privilege of being part of a pivotal decision – the approval of a forgivable loan of over $377,000 for the New Beginnings housing project by the St. James Community Development Corporation. Investment in this project marks a significant step towards providing stable, permanent housing and support for youth transitioning out of the foster care system in San Mateo, California.


I am proud to celebrate this achievement as we celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth and champion this effort to uplift the community with housing projects that embody the principles of compassion and equity.



New Beginnings will serve as a beacon of hope for vulnerable youth aging out of foster care in the heart of our North Central neighborhood. Our neighborhood was redlined and is still grappling with resource disparities, this project represents a tangible investment in our Equity Priority Communities that have been neglected for far too long.


New Beginnings will comprise five units that will serve as a safe haven for young adults on the brink of independence who often face disproportionately high risks of homelessness. These units will offer a chance for stability, growth, and empowerment.


This achievement wouldn't have been possible without the dedication and vision of Rev. Dr. Marlyn Bussey, whose unwavering commitment to social justice paved the way for New Beginnings. As Pastor at St. James AME Zion Church, Rev. Dr. Bussey exemplifies the spirit of resilience and community empowerment. Her leadership serves as a reminder that during Black History Month and beyond, #blackexcellence shines bright in San Mateo and beyond.


There's no better way to commemorate #BlackHistoryMonth than by acknowledging and supporting the remarkable contributions of our black leaders in San Mateo who are shaping history in our community.






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