Families in Half Moon Bay displaced by the recent storms are in need of assistance and one organization is stepping up to help.
Ayudando Latinos A Sonar, a Latino-centered nonprofit located in Half Moon Bay, has sent its crisis team to help families affected by storm damage and flooding. The name of the group translates to Helping Latinos Dream.
The group has been preparing several bags of cleaning supplies, food and personal protective equipment, among other efforts.
Several areas, including near the Moonridge housing development, have been severely impacted, according to the group’s fundraising page . The organization is assisting people in those areas and is also working to relocate some to hotels.
On Tuesday, the organization set up an emergency center in town to collect donations and hand out supplies to community members in need.
Currently, the group is requesting donations to repair damaged property as well as make up for residents’ lost days of work.
The group’s community coordinator Sandra Sencion says that the storms have not only impacted their housing but also their ability to work.
Sencion noted farmworkers in the area have been disproportionately affected.
“They’re taking time off work, the kids start school (Wednesday) as well,” she said.
Many families have relocated inland to San Carlos, making transportation difficult for those working or attending school in Half Moon Bay.
The organization is still looking for donations of furniture, sandbags and clothing.
“The residents are just very concerned about the damage to come,” said Sencion.
The group’s donation center is located at 636 Purissima St. in Half Moon Bay, and can be reached at 650-560-8947.