Updated resource information and feedback is welcomed. Please contact the commission at csw@smcgov.org

Disclaimer: We are providing this resource list as information only. Inclusion of an organization or program in this list does not imply endorsement, nor are we liable for errors of omission in publishing this list.

Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention

Alcohol and Drug Hotline 

Help line counselors will answer questions about alcohol and other drug prevention and recovery programs.

Child Abuse Line

Accepts reports about children under the age of seventeen who may be in danger due to abuse, abandonment, or exploitation.


Serves survivors and victims of domestic violence/abuse.

Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center

Strengthens communities by empowering youth, families and individuals to overcome challenges through counseling, education and residential services.

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Provides crisis intervention, information and referral to victims of domestic violence, perpetrators, friends and families.

Poison Control

Provides information about poison consumption and medical intervention.

Psychiatric Emergency Services

Provides crisis intervention.

Rape Trauma Services

Strives to eliminate all forms of violence with focus on sexual assault and abuse.

Emergency Assistance

Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking

CAST's mission is to assist persons trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and slavery-like practices and to work toward ending all instances of such human rights violations.

Coastside Hope

Provides safety net services for the Coastside community

Daly City Community Service Center

  • 1-650-991-8007

El Concilio Emergency Services

Commits to improving the quality of life for under served communities by increasing leadership, education, and employment opportunities, and access to quality and appropriate health care in San Mateo County.

Fair Oaks Community Center

Multi-service facility offering a variety of services to the broader Redwood City Community

San Mateo County Human Trafficking Office

The Human Trafficking Program assists with training, education, and awareness across the County. 

National Human Trafficking Resource Center

NHTRC is a program of Polaris Project, a non-profit, non-governmental organization working exclusively on the issue of human trafficking

North Peninsula Neighborhood Services Center

Provides information and referral services to the community.

Pacifica Resource Center

Stabilizes Pacifica families and individuals in crisis by providing them shelter, housing assistance, food, clothing, and/or information and referral to helping agencies.

Puente de la Costa Sur

Provides a single point of entry for men, women, and children to have access to safety net services, health and wellness services, leadership development, and community engagement and action.

Salvation Army

  • 1-650-266-4591
  • 1-650-368-4643

Samaritan Family Kitchen

Serves hot meals and distributes food boxes along the north peninsula.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

Offers help to individuals in need.

Family Assistance

Aging and Adult Services

Call this number to report suspected cases of elder and dependent adult abuse or neglect, or to request help for other issues.

CCAT/Child Abuse Prevention Council

Provides leadership to prevent child abuse.

Child Care Law Center

Answers legal questions about child care and related subjects.

  • 1-415-394-7144

Child Protective Services

Accepts reports about children age 17 or under who may be in danger due to abuse, abandonment, or exploitation

Family and Children Services

Offers a wide variety of comprehensive and affordable counseling, education, and prevention programs to children, youth, adults and families in San Mateo County.

Family Service Agency

Provides counseling, support groups on anger management, parenting, child abuse, domestic abuse and other groups as needed.

Human Service Agency

Information on CalWorks, TANF, Foodstamp Program and general assistance.

Labor Project for Working Families

Provides resources for union members, negotiating teams, organizers, policy makers as well as community based organizations and activists on advocating for family friendly workplaces.

  • 1-510-643-7088

My New Red Shoes

Provides homeless children with brand new clothing so they can greet school confidently, also rallies the community about the needs of homeless children.

Paid Family Leave

Commits to educating Californians of their rights under Paid Family Leave.

Planned Parenthood

Works to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and advance the right and ability of individuals and families to make informed and responsible choices.

San Mateo County Department of Child Support Services

Enforces the financial responsibility of parents to support their children.

Youth and family Enrichment Services

Offers multiple avenues of supports, guidance, etc. for families.

Financial Assistance

Consumer Bankruptcy Counseling

Consumer Federation of America

Provides advocacy and education on finance.

Debtors Anonymous

Facilitates programs to help individuals with debt management.

  • 1-781-453-2743

GreenPath Debt Solutions

Offers certified credit counseling.

Identity Theft Prevention and Survival

Information on protection against identity theft

Identity Theft Resource Center

Information on identity theft

Money Management International

Offers assistance with money management, credit and budgeting issues.

My Money Management

Provides consumers with access to financial education to help inform their personal finance decision process.

  • 1-888-995-4673

Myvesta Non-Profit Financial Management

Offers information on debt and financial recovery.

National Foundation for Credit Counseling

Promotes the national agenda for financially responsible behavior and builds capacity for its members to deliver the highest quality financial education and counseling services.

Food Assistance

Food Connection Hotline

Refers emergency food, meals, and programs for seniors and families

  • 1-800-984-3663

North Peninsula food Pantry and Dining Center

Serves hot meals

Second Harvest Food Bank

Distributes food boxes

WIC (The Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children)

Provides comprehensive nutrition services for young families, including food vouchers for the purchase of nutritious foods.

  • 1-650-573-2168
Housing Assistance

CA Department of Consumer Affairs: Consumer Home Mortgage Information

Information and links about home ownership

  • 1-888-995-4673

Community Action Agency of San Mateo County

Provides assistance with weatherization, home repair and energy costs.

Consumer Credit Counseling Services of San Francisco

Promotes home ownership through various home-buying services.

ECHO Housing

Promotes equal access in housing and provides support services, which aid in the prevention of homelessness, and permanent housing conditions.


Creates and maintains affordable housing and promotes community and economic development.

Foreclosure in California

Gives information about foreclosures, loans and mortgages.

Homeless Veterans Rehabilitation Program

A residential co-ed program designed to provide homeless veterans with the skills necessary to live self-sufficiently.

  • 1-650-617-2751

Hope Now

Provides advice and guidance to callers about what steps to take regarding their mortgage.

Human Investment Project (HIP) Housing

Offers programs to help seniors, single parents or persons with low incomes to obtain housing or remain in their own homes.

Making Home Affordable

Addresses the key problems at the heart of the current crisis and get our economy back on track.

Mateo Lodge Inc. Mobile Support Team

Locates mentally ill homeless people and assists them with referrals for food, lodging, clothing and mental health services.

  • 1-650-368-3178

Tenants Together Foreclosure Hotline

A nonprofit that is dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of California tenants to safe, decent and affordable housing

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Works to increase home ownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination.

  • 1-800-669-9777
Legal Assistance

Bay Area Legal Aid

Provides free legal representation to domestic violence, custody, housing and immigrant matters.

Equal Rights Advocates

Provides legal services for women and girls in cases of sex discrimination and/or sexual harassment in employment and education.

Lawyer Referral Service

Arranges conferences with private attorneys in a particular field of law for a nominal fee.

  • 1-650-369-4149

Legal Aid Society

Provides free legal services to people with civil problems.

Legal Assistance Line

Provides a wide range of legal advice.

  • 1-650-472-2666

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

Advocates for the human rights and empowerment of incarcerated parents, children, family members and people at risk for incarceration.

Private Defender Program

Provides legal representation within the court system to people who have been charged with a crime and cannot afford an attorney.

  • 1-650-298-4000

Victim Center

Provides general emergency and ongoing assistance for victims of violent crime.

  • 1-650-599-7479
Other Resources & Assistance

California Women Lead

Provides resources to women who are interested in elected and appointed offices. Also encourages and supports women in office.

California Commission on the Status of Women

Serves women and children of California so that their voices are heard.

Covered California

Affordable, quality health insurance coverage.

Freedom House

A non-profit organization with a mission to bring hope, restoration, and a new life to survivors of human-trafficking by providing a safe home and long-term aftercare.

Mental Health Resources for College Students

Provides quality information on maintaining good mental health and identifying mental health issues.

Teach a Girl to Lead

Teach a Girl to Lead aims to make women's political leadership visible to the next generation and to inspire girls and young women to see themselves as future public leaders. The TAG site is full of useful resources for teachers, youth group leaders and parents to help them teach the young people in their lives and communities about women's leadership and civic engagement.

United Way of the Bay Area

24/7 information and referral link

Unemployment Assistance

Cal-COBRA and Federal COBRA

Information for those terminated between 9/1/08-12/31/09 and their eligibility for subsidized health insurance and extended coverage

Employment and Development Department

Information on unemployment and disability insurance, job listings and resources


Offers employment and training solutions in locations throughout San Mateo County

Women Back to Work

The purpose of Women Back to Work is to create systemic pathways for Women to Return to the Workforce. Our systematic structured approach (including resume review, skills assessment, augmentation training, and mentoring) enables women returnees to hit the ground running and sets them up for workplace success.

This program also enables companies to boost diversity & business results by acquiring valuable talent that is typically not available via conventional channels: highly qualified, professional women returning to the workforce.