Youth and Families Experiencing Homelessness

Everyone deserves access to safe and secure housing and we’re committed to supporting San Mateo County children, youth, and families who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

May 2019 | Children play at a LifeMoves shelter in San Mateo County. LifeMoves provides interim shelter and services for local homeless families.
May 2019 | Children play at a LifeMoves shelter in San Mateo County. LifeMoves provides interim shelter and services for local homeless families.

A Hidden Population

More than 2,100 students* in San Mateo County identified as experiencing homelessness and housing instability in 2016. While some of these students and their families face unsheltered, visible homelessness, most remain hidden—doubling or tripling up in apartments and living in garages, motels, and vehicles. (*Source kidsdata.org)

Our Approach

We work alongside local partners to deepen our shared understanding of community needs and support collective action in addressing homelessness and housing instability in San Mateo County.

Shining a Light

The first step in supporting children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness is understanding the obstacles they face in securing stable housing. In addition to our continued community engagement, we work with institutions like the John W. Gardner Center at Stanford University to deepen the field’s knowledge of homelessness in our community.

Building Local Capacity

The more we learn about children, youth, and families who are experiencing homelessness, the greater our responsibility to address their needs. We work with local providers like LifeMoves, StarVista, and Samaritan House to increase their capacity to provide responsive and community-informed services.

Working Together

Organizations across San Mateo County work tirelessly to address homelessness and housing instability. We bring these groups together so they can leverage the power of a coordinated, collaborative approach to their solutions.

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