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Mental Health Association of San Mateo County

Human Services

Mental Health Association of San Mateo County

Provides direct services for adults with mental illnesses that include housing, food, social programs, advocacy and networking.


Provides direct services for adults with mental illnesses and/or people with HIV/AIDS including housing, food, social programs and advocacy. Advocates for the improvement of mental health services and the development of new programs to meet identified needs. Spring Street Shelter is a 15-bed facility for emergency and short-term housing for mentally disabled clients who require immediate shelter but do not require care and supervision. Acceptance is on a night-by-night basis and maximum stay is 45 days. Staff will collaborate with other private and public services to assist clients to find permanent housing and other needed services. Referrals are accepted from county mental health agencies, the Probation Department and core service centers. A Transitional Housing Program serves seven clients in single rooms and 60 additional clients are served in single rooms of permanent housing. Friendship Centers throughout San Mateo County offer social and recreational activities for adults with mental illness. Activities include living skills classes, day trips, games and luncheons. Attendance is on a drop-in basis. Monthly Friendship Center calendars are available by calling 650-368-3345, ext. 102 or visiting the agency Web site at The Housing and Client Assistance Program provides short-term assistance to low-income persons with HIV/AIDS in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing. Financial assistance is provided in the form of partial rent payments to landlords and mortgage lenders. Depending on financial need, the program may also help pay utility bills, WELL Program enrollment fees, temporary co-payments for prescribed medication and temporary shelter in a motel. Case managers can refer participants for other services including medical care, social work services, drug and alcohol treatment, food and transportation. Support and Advocacy for Young Adults in Transition (SAYAT) provides case management to assist young adults with disabilities who do not qualify for county mental health services or other case management services. Belmont Apartments offer affordable and supportive housing for 24 homeless adults with mental illness (many of whom are dually or triply diagnosed). CHRIS (Community Housing Rehabilitation Independent Skills) Program strengthens the living skills of persons with mental illness. Occupational therapists and interns provide assessments, training, and specific interventions, and physical adaptations to allow these adults to participate in the community at the highest level of independence possible.


Public Transit:

SAMTRANS stops within 4 blocks of shelter, within 3 blocks of all Friendship Centers.
2686 Spring Street, Redwood City, CA 94063-3522 37.4822243 -122.208183 Human Services

Service Options

Languages Spoken:

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Vietnamese

Accessibility Options:

  • Wheelchair



None for Friendship Center, Housing and Client Assistance Program; fees for other programs vary according to service.


Adults with mental illnesses, people with HIV/AIDS, young adults with emotional/developmental and mental disabilities who are homeless or at risk of being homeless


Vary according to program

How to Apply:

Apply by phone for Friendship Center and Housing and Client Assistance Program. A telephone referral from a recognized agency must be made for the emergency shelter. Referral forms may be requested for the SAYAT Program.

Service Wait Estimate:

Varies according to program.

Service Areas:

  • San Mateo County