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Current Programs
Young Adult (YAIL) Program
Spring Street Shelter
Housing Assistance Program for People with HIV/AIDS
Community Housing Independent Skills (CHRIS) Program
Peer Counseling
Permanent Housing
Friendship Center Program
Community Friends
Shelter Plus Care Program
Transitional Housing
Supports & Advocacy for Young Adults in Transition (SAYAT)
Information and Referral
Communtiy Education and Organization

Click above for more info on individual programs or read below for a brief description of each program.

   Collaborative Housing Programs with CAMINAR/CLC

Young Adult(YAIL) Program: MHA purchased a four-plex in Redwood City as the program site for the YAIL Program serving young adults (18-22yrs) with mental illnesses.  Developed in conjuction with CAMINAR, a nonprofit mental agency in San Mateo County, individuals either reside at the program site, live with family, have their own off-site apartments, or are involved with traditional adult programs.  Participants and staff work together as a team to manage symptoms, develop healthy lifestyle choices, and move toward educational or employment opportunities. [more info]

Phone number: 367-9610 or 578-8691

   Emergency Shelter

Spring Street Shelter: A 15-bed emergency shelter in Redwood City that provides housing, food, social programs, advocacy, and employment assistance.  This program serves the homeless mentally ill and provides the clients with an opportunity to improve their lives by ending their homelessness and learning about support services in the community. [more info]

Phone number: 365-5772

   HIV/AIDS Financial Assistance

Housing Assistance Program for People with HIV/AIDS: MHA administers the AIDS Housing Assistance Program, through HUD's Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA). Staff members work with clients who need emergency housing and short-term rental assistance.  Individuals with HIV/AIDS, who meet the Federal income guidelines, may also request assistance with utility payments and minor home repairs.  A mental health diagnosis is not required to receive service.
[more info]  

Phone Number: 368-9989

   Occupational Therapy

Community Housing Independent Skills (CHRIS) Program: The CHRIS Program was developed to enhance and strengthen the living and coping skills of persons with mental illnesses who are either living in their own apartments or are striving to become more independent by moving from assisted living to independent living.
[more info]

Phone Number: 368-3345 or 558-0451

   Peer Counseling

Peer Counseling: Under the direction of a licensed Occupational Therapist (OTR), peer counselors and OT interns conduct home visits and wellness training groups to enhance and strengthen the living and coping skills of adults with mental illness who are either living in their own apartments or are hoping to become more independent by moving from assisted living to independent living.(See Occupational Therapy/CHRIS program). [more info]

Phone Number: 368-3345 or 558-0451

   Permanent Housing  

Permanent Housing: In 1993, the MHA opened two new housing programs.  A single family residence directly adjacent to the Spring Street facility was rehabilitated to proved 6 single rooms with 3 individuals who are mobility impaired.  A two-story single family home in San Mateo provides five individual roomsl, with shared bathrooms, kitchen, and living area.  The house sits on an oversize lot with a large fruit and vegetable garden in the back. In 1997, MHA purchased a 5-unit apartment building in Burlingame that was rehabilitated to provide permanent low cost housing for 11 individuals in single rooms.  

The St. Mathew Hotel is a subsidized residential facility providing permanent housing to individuals with low incomes.  The hotel has 56 single-room-occupancy (SRO) units.  Established in 1902, the building was rehabilitated by Mid Peninsula housing Coalition in 1998.  MHA is providing direct on-site case management to 21 mental health clients residing at the St. Matthew.  the goal is to provide safe, stable, and affordable housing in an environment which optimizes independence
[more info]

Phone Number: 365-5772

   Social Recreation

Friendship Center Program: A social and recreational program that provides meals, activities, educational classes, and outings to over 300 adults with mental illnesses each year.  Centers are located in Daly City, San Mateo, Belmont, San Carlos, Redwood City, and East Palo Alto. [more info]

Phone Number: 368-3345

Community Friends: Community friends are available to encourage and accompany their isolated peers to experience activities in the community[more info]

Phone Number: 368-3345

   Subsidized Independent Living

Shelter Plus Care Program: Homeless individuals with mental illnesses may qualify for long-term rental assistance in connection with case management services through the Shelter Plus Care Program funded by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the San Mateo County Housing Authority with support services from San Mateo County Health Services. MHA staff and other mental health agencies provide case management services to over 100 program participants. [more info]

Phone Number: 365-5772

   Transitional Housing

Transitional Housing: Seven single rooms are provided for the residents in this facility.  A case manager assists them in improving daily living skills, in becoming involved in educational and volunteer experiences, and when appropriate, finding suitable employment.  A permanent housing situation is the goal of residents, and they can stay in the transitional housing program up to eighteen months while they explore various options. [more info]

Phone Number: 365-5772

   Young Adult Program

Support & Advocacy for Young Adults in Transition (SAYAT): Young adults between the ages of 18 to 23 who live in San Mateo County and have emotional, mental, or developmental/learning disabilities, and/or substance abuse issues are probably not eligible for County Mental Health Services.  SAYAT case managers will work with young adults to achieve independence and goals they have set for themselves including: finding housing, going back to school, getting a job or job training, and understanding their disability and how it effects their lives. [more info]

Phone Number: 368-3345

   Information and Refferal

Information and Refferal: MHA provideds telephone information about mental health related programs and services in San Mateo County.  Callers may also obtain referrals to private mental helath practitioners. [more info]

Phone Number: 368-3345

   Community Education and Organization

Community Education and Organization: The MHA participates in conferences and workshops on timely mental health issues and works cooperatively with other agencies and providers to develop self-help groups and support groups.
[more info]

Phone Number: 368-3345