Community Assessment - Health & Quality of Life in San Mateo
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older dependents

caring for seniors

  • Among San Mateo County survey participants under the age of 65, 7.8% have an older adult, such as a parent, aunt, or uncle, living with them because they are unable to live alone (compared to 8% in Santa Clara County and 5.7% statewide). Furthermore, among San Mateo County respondents aged 50 and older, 4.6% currently live in the home of an adult child, grandchild, or other relative (compared to 8.1% in Santa Clara County and 2.4% statewide). 298
  • When survey respondents living with older dependents were asked to evaluate adult day care services in the community, overall evaluations were relatively low, with only 23.9% responding "excellent" or "very good" and over 20% responding "fair" or "poor." "Fair/poor" evaluations of adult day care services in both San Mateo County and Santa Clara County are much higher than "fair/poor" evaluations found statewide.299

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Senior health issues are addressed in the Senior Health section, page.

 

 

families in need

government assistance

Though San Mateo County is generally considered a wealthy area, there is a portion of the population in need:

  • Among survey participants (not including children), 11.5% of respondents currently receive government assistance (though this is much lower than the 17% found throughout California). This includes 27.3% of those living below the 185% poverty threshold reporting they receive government assistance. 300

 

Families in Hunger

The following findings pertain to families in hunger:

  • Nearly all San Mateo County survey participants (96.3%) report that their families have enough food on a regular basis. However, 7.1% of those living below the 185% poverty threshold, and 5% of those aged 18 to 39 report they do not have enough food to feed their families on a regular basis.301wpe9.jpg (17300 bytes)
  • A total of 2% of San Mateo County survey respondents have gone to a local food bank or received free meals provided by local organizations in the past year. This compares to 5.7% of adults throughout California. Use of food banks and receipt of free meals is highest among the low-income (8.7%). 302

 

subsidized school lunches

  • As of October 1997, 29% of public school students in San Mateo County were receiving free or reduced-priced meals. This includes 36% of students in elementary school districts, 11% of students in high school districts, and 27% of students in unified districts. 303
  • Note in the following chart that over one-half of students in Ravenswood (89%), Bayshore (65%), Jefferson (58%), and Redwood City (55%) elementary schools received subsidized meals. In additions, 43% of students in the La Honda-Pescadero Unified school district received subsidized meals. 304

AFDC and Free/Reduced Meals Summary by Individual Districts — Grades K-12

 

Number in Public Schools

Number in Public Schools


Students Receiving AFDC
October 1996


Students Receiving AFDC
October 1997

Students Receiving Free/Reduced Meals
October 1996

Students Receiving Free/Reduced Meals
October 1997

School Districts

1996

1997

#

%

#

%

#

%

#

%

Ravenswood Elem.

Bayshore Elementary

Jefferson Elementary

Redwood City Elem.

San Bruno Elementary

San Mateo City Elem.

Millbrae Elementary

Brisbane Elementary

Burlingame Elementary

Las Lomitas Elementary

Woodside Elementary

Menlo Park City Elem.

Belmont Elementary.

Portola Valley Elem.

5,027

5,248

1,193

24%

911

17%

4,465

89%

4,672

89%

443

462

74

17%

42

9%

289

65%

298

65%

8,075

7,962

704

9%

557

7%

4,566

57%

4,640

58%

9,096

9,162

949

10%

724

8%

4,549

50%

5,053

55%

2,829

2,844

142

5%

103

4%

773

27%

728

26%

10,691

10,764

427

4%

338

3%

2,786

26%

2,567

24%

2,333

2,361

113

5%

105

4%

470

20%

427

18%

614

648

31

5%

29

4%

122

20%

111

17%

2,384

2,389

40

2%

34

1%

148

6%

125

5%

967

986

1

0%

0

0%

50

5%

46

5%

458

479

0

0%

4

1%

0

0%

24

5%

1,971

1,960

21

1%

12

1%

92

5%

76

4%

2,321

2,389

47

2%

38

2%

69

3%

82

3%

650

693

2

0%

4

1%

0

0%

7

1%

San Carlos Elementary

Hillsborough Elem.

2,537

2,509

45

2%

34

1%

34

1%

28

1%

1,312

1,332

3

0%

0

0%

0

0%

0

0%

Total Elementary 51,708 52,188 3,792 7% 2,935 6% 18,413 36% 18,884 36%
La Honda-Pescadero U.

S. San Fran. Unified

Cabrillo Unified

Laguna Salada Unified

469

484

14

3%

8

2%

202

43%

210

43%

10,242

10,179

562

5%

685

7%

3,149

31%

3,293

32%

3,830

3,889

37

1%

42

1%

750

20%

787

20%

3,972

3,913

201

5%

137

4%

787

20%

724

19%

Total Unified 18,513 18,465 814 4% 872 5% 4,888 26% 5,014 27%
Jefferson Union High

Sequoia Union High

San Mateo Union

5,334

5,448

215

4%

168

3%

912

17%

885

16%

7,055

7,147

561

8%

433

6%

731

10%

947

13%

8,243

8,393

205

2%

171

2%

470

6%

401

5%

Total High School 20,632 20.988 981 5% 772 4% 2,113 10% 2,233 11%
TOTAL 90,853 91,641 5,587 6% 4,579 5% 25,414 28% 26,131 29%

 

AFDC/TANF

  • As of July 1998, there were 2,657 total AFDC/TANF (Aid to Families with Dependent Children/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) cases in San Mateo County, a 63% reduction from the high point of 7,160 cases recorded in December 1994. 305

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social services

  • A total of 21.5% of San Mateo County residents rate the ease with which they are able to get social services in their community as "fair" or "poor." This percentage increases to 31.2% among low-income individuals and 32.8% among African-Americans.306

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298  1998 San Mateo County Quality of Life Survey. Healthy Community Collaborative of San Mateo County. September 1998.

299  Ibid.

300  1998 San Mateo County Quality of Life Survey. Healthy Community Collaborative of San Mateo County. September 1998.

301  Ibid.

302  Ibid.

303  CBEDS – School Level AFDC/Free & Reduced Meals Report Summary. San Mateo County Office of Education, Management Services. March 2, 1998.

304  Ibid.

305  CDS 609 Management Case Report (San Mateo County).

306  1998 San Mateo County Quality of Life Survey. Healthy Community Collaborative of San Mateo County. September 1998.

 

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