Exploration of Employee Housing
Every day, residents read the headlines about the housing crunch in San Mateo County. Organizations of all sizes and industries are trying to recruit and retain the best employees, but with the rising cost of housing, that becomes a difficult task. Many people cannot afford the rents and mortgage payments in San Mateo County.
The District wants to continue to attract and retain the best staff, and housing is key to this goal. The SMUHSD is currently in the exploration stage of an idea to provide employee housing. There is much work to be done, but the staff felt it was important to start the conversation. Below, you will find resources that will help you learn more about this ongoing conversation.
SMUHSD Workforce Housing Community Meetings: Exploration of Employee Housing
In response to the Bay Area housing crisis, the SMUHSD staff is exploring the idea of providing workforce housing as a way to attract and retain the best teachers and staff possible to support our community’s teens. The SMUHSD staff is exploring the idea of building housing at the Mills High campus and using the sale proceeds of the Crestmoor site to finance that project. To obtain neighborhood feedback from both the Millbrae and San Bruno communities, the SMUHSD will be hosting two community meetings to discuss this idea. Details:
- Thursday, January 19, 2017
Held at Peninsula Alternative High School’s Library
- Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Held at Mills High School's Library
See the postcard invitations mailed to nearby residents of Peninsula High and Mills High. Crestmoor Neighbor Invitation and Mill High Neighbor Invitation. Questions? Email Sheri or call her at 650.558.2202.
Board Meeting Discussions
|Please note that the housing discussion with the SMUHSD Board of Trustees which was originally scheduled for February 23, 2017 will take place at a later date. Email Sheri to be added to our eNews subscriber list.|
Outcome of October 20th Board of Trustee Meeting
At the October 20, 2016 SMUHSD Board of Trustee meeting, trustees approved that staff move forward in the exploration of workforce housing by performing the following tasks:
- Commence community outreach with both the Crestmoor and Mills communities to obtain feedback on the implications of this project
- Explore the filing of a waiver application with the State Board related to the disposition of the Crestmoor site
- Prepare, for the Board’s approval, a draft resolution declaring the Crestmoor site surplus with terms for the dissolution
- Evaluate additional financing options
- Develop details regarding how the housing will be managed and the rental cost by unit type
The Board also approved augmenting the project budget by $25,000 to secure professional assistance in further evaluating this workforce housing project. Staff will report back to the Board at a February 2017 meeting. Details of community outreach efforts and the February 2017 board meeting will be shared with stakeholders.
The SMUHSD team wants to thank leaders from the soccer community and public officials who met with the team to discuss project implications and interests in advance, and who also attended the October 20th Board meeting to share their initial support, questions and requests regarding this project.
2016 New Employee Housing Survey
2015 Employee Housing Survey
- January 14th Presentation: Real Property and Capital Facilities Update SMUHSD Board Presentation
- May 12th Presentation: Preliminary Employee Housing Study
Media Coverage of Housing Issue
To Attract Teachers, Pricey School Districts Are Becoming Their Landlords, March 2, 2017, Ben Christopher, CALmatters, KQED
College partnership takes aim at teaching shortage, February 25, 2017, Austin Walsh, Daily Journal
City eyes aid for homebuyers: South San Francisco officials consider program to help city workers live locally February 22, 2017, Austin Walsh, Daily Journal
SF educators still waiting for promised teacher housing, February 14, 2017, Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle
Top stories of last year: Drought, development and housing crisis top list for 2015, January 01, 2016, 05:00 AM, By Jon Mays
Editorial: Teacher and staff housing an idea worth pursuing, November 18, 2015, 05:00 AM Editorial
- No easy answer to escalating rents and tenant displacement, November 02, 2015, 05:00 AM, By Sue Lempert
- School district examines affordable teacher housing: South San Francisco officials consider surplus property for project, October 08, 2015, 05:00 AM, By Austin Walsh Daily Journal
- Bay Area commuting nightmares: jobs in city, affordable homes in exurbia, September 30, Richard Scheinin, San Jose Mercury News
- Teacher housing project stumbles: Board OKs exploring new high school site, postpones housing decision, September 28, 2015, 05:00 AM, By Austin Walsh Daily Journal