Awards, Recognition & Video

2015 HEART Films

Housing Crisis Solutions

This short film looks at innovative solutions to create more affordable housing in San Mateo County and visits three sites that used under-utilized and and creative financing

  • The San Mateo County Community College District: use of public land to build workforce housing
  • Half Moon Village: multi-jurisdiction land swap and partnership with the San Mateo County Health System to create a senior housing campus in Half Moon Bay
  • Habitat for Humanity and the City of Redwood City: public/private partnership to build ownership housing on a small and challenging infill site


HEART First Time Homebuyer Program

Mark Nagales grew up in South San Francisco and got his start in community involvement when he took Gen Mullin’s government class at South San Francisco High School. Today he is a senior aide to Congresswoman Jackie Speier, working in the San Mateo office. He, his wife Amy, and their four year old son had been sharing a one-bedroom apartment, until they had to move. “The HEART program wa the only option in the County for us and it worked beautifully. We bought a townhouse in South San Francisco, near family and work. Thanks to HEART we are realizing the American Dream.”

2014 HEART Films

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 Click here to view Why Heart? Why Now?

For every high-paying tech job created in San Mateo County, six jobs are created that pay $50,000 or less. HEART visits Timothy and Tiffanie K, who were fortunate to be able to rent a new affordable apartment managed by MidPen Housing for their family. The County needs thousands of new affordable homes to meet the demand. Assemblymember Rich Gordon, San Mateo County Housing Director Bill Lowell, MidPen President Matt Franklin and San Mateo City Councilmember Jack Matthews talk about this crisis and what we do together to build more homes.

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Click here to view “Helping Teachers Buy Their First Home in San Mateo County

Meet Julie S. who teaches art in San Mateo and was able to buy her first home with the help of HEART and Meriwest Mortgage’s first time homebuyer program.  With only 5% down and no PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance) Julie was able to buy a fixer-upper and with the help of friends and her community, now is a proud homeowner as well as a valued member of the San Mateo County school system.

HEART is the proud recipient of the following awards:

Sustainable San Mateo County
2010 Public Agency Award

Association of Bay Area Governments, ABAG
Growing Smarter Together 2009 Award Best Public Private Agency

2007 Awards of Excellence, Public Agency

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