Youth & Families Experiencing Homelessness

Everyone needs access to safe and secure housing, and we’re committed to supporting youth and families in our community who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

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

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 housing instability and homelessness in the Bay Area.

Shining a Light

The first step in supporting homeless youth and families 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 and the UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools 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 to engage individuals with lived experience, and to increase local providers’ capacity to offer responsive and community-centered services.

Working Together

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

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