lifemoves worker speaking with homeless person

Homeless outreach programs, including the LifeMoves Homeless Outreach Team, provide services to people experiencing unsheltered homelessness.  Outreach case managers work to build rapport with their clients and connect them to shelter and other services, with the goal of helping them return to permanent housing.


Non-congregate shelter, such as Coast House, is a new type of shelter program that the County launched in former hotels that provides shelter residents with a safe, temporary, and private place to stay while they work on identifying and moving into permanent housing. The program provides housing-focused case management, intensive on-site support services, and connections to many supportive services. Coast House is the first shelter located on the Coastside.


El Camino House is a short-term program designed to act as a safety net for individuals who are experiencing homelessness and have been unsheltered (living outdoors, in vehicles or other places not meant for human habitation). Individuals that enter shelter receive immediate short-term caser management to address and resolve current crises, as well as intensive case management focused on addressing barriers that prevent them from securing permanent housing. 

rendering of navigation center

Artist rendering of the 240 room Navigation Center being built in Redwood City, CA to shelter residents experiencing homelessness.  This facility is designed to provide a safe and healthy temporary accommodation for residents, along with an array of services, to help them return to permanent housing.

apartment complex

Family shelters, such as Family Crossroads Shelter located in Daly City, serve families who are experiencing homelessness and provide a safe, temporary place for them to stay while they work on finding permanent housing. The programs provide families with housing-focused case management to help them identify and move back into permanent housing, while also providing support in other areas such as education, employment, healthcare, and other supportive services.


The Colma Veterans Village is a 65-unit apartment village to permanently house former homeless military veterans with disabilities.  Onsite case management and supportive services provided by San Francisco Veterans Affairs Health Care System and Brilliant Corners, a nonprofit agency that serves veterans and others transitioning from homelessness.


Arroyo Green Apartments in downtown Redwood City provides 117 units of affordable housing for very low and extremely low-income seniors, including targeted units for homeless veterans, frail elderly, and seniors with mental illness. Ground floor includes a childcare center.
- Photo by MidPen Housing

Summit- October 28, 2022

Our Year of Working Together to End Homelessness Summit October 28, 2022: 

The first of its kind local summit brought together leaders from the County, Peninsula cities, business, nonprofit groups, and advocacy organizations to develop an action plan to provide a shelter bed and support services for all residents experiencing homelessness that seek it.  This is our time, and this is our Call to Action to end homelessness in San Mateo County.

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How to Help End Homelessness: Staying Involved

Ideas for Staying Involved
Donation List of Homeless Service Providers

Homeless Count - Total 2022
Homelessness - Context - 2022

*2021 Homeless Count was cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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