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The Mental Health Association of San Mateo County (MHA), a nonprofit organization, enriches quality of life, restores dignity, and reduces homelessness, particularly for those affected by mental illness and HIV/AIDS. MHA strengthens hope by providing shelter, support and opportunities for socialization.





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Housing Assistance for
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40th Annual
Friendship Center
Holiday Party

Don't miss this year's highly anticipated 35th CSL Kitchen Tour, an opportunity to view five distinctive homes located in Hillsborough and San Mateo. Each unique home has either been meticulously renovated or newly built, and the designs will delight nearly 650 people who are anticipated to attend this self-guided tour. In each of the homes' gardens, attendees will be treated to delicious samples from local food artisans, as well as several artists who will demonstrate their work. The Tour Program, provided to all attendees, is an excellent resource containing Bay Area businesses related to the design field.

Highlights for this year:

A stately two-story shingled Cape Cod home, built in 1905, maintains its beautiful traditional design with a porte-cochere shading the driveway at the entrance. This home has an updated interior and is accented with elegant furnishings fused with an interesting collection of artwork.

A charming 1927 English country home had an extensive remodel and kitchen addition in 2014. Two unique copper and glass conservatory rooftops bring light to the kitchen and every modern amenity imaginable can be found within.

A 1928 traditional English Tudor style home was personalized with old-world architecture to include some of the homeowner's favorite gothic elements. The gourmet kitchen boasts two large islands, natural walnut cabinetry from England, and brass hardware imported from Italy.

A 1940's modest split level home was completely remodeled in 2013, into a sleek, modern style, maximizing space and functionality. Its transformation connects the indoor and outdoor living spaces with clean and stylish architectural details.

A custom Santa Barbara Mediterranean, built in 2013, displays grand proportions with great views of the outdoors, while blending beautifully with the natural landscape.

Buy Online Now.

     • Tickets: $50 advance, $60 day of
     • Proceeds benefit: Mental Health Association of San Mateo County and StarVista
        Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Center
     • BUY at these RETAIL LOCATIONS:
          - Burlingame: Pottery Barn, The Studio Shop, Calico, Pot-Pourri
          - San Mateo: Draeger's Market - Home Dept. (upstairs)
          - San Carlos: Da Vinci Marble

Sequoia Healthcare District Awards MHA $60,000 to Support Wellness Activities.

The Sequoia Healthcare District awarded the Mental Health Association of San Mateo County $60,000 to support the wellness program at the Belmont Apartments, Cedar Street Apartments, and Spring Street. This generous donation supports the expansion of the activities of MHA's public health nurse, who leads health workshops, provides direct care, and advocates for our clients with healthcare providers. MHA's wellness activities support the Sequoia Healthcare District's priorities of active and healthy living, preventive healthcare, and treatment of priority health conditions.

Physical health is essential to mental health. Individuals with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than the general population. The stress of coping with poor physical health exacerbates mental health problems. In response, for the last eight years MHA has supported a public health nurse to promote wellness among our clients.

Among the activities supported by the Sequoia Healthcare District, the nonprofit Miles of Smiles will offer dental examinations and cleanings. MHA will also sponsor health fairs that offer cholesterol checks, body mass index readings, and chair massages.

MHA is deeply grateful to the Sequoia Healthcare District for their generous support.

Kaiser Awards MHA $10,000 to promote housing.

The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefits Program awarded MHA $10,000 for fiscal year 2014-15 to support MHA's work to help Spring Street Emergency Shelter residents obtain appropriate mental health care and housing. Spring Street Shelter is the only year-round emergency shelter operated specifically for individuals with serious mental illness. MHA's Case Manager will connect residents to needed services, navigate entitlement programs, and move Shelter residents into appropriate, long-term housing. MHA greatly appreciates Kaiser's support.

Melissa Platte Presented Tony Hoffman with the Community Mental Health Services Award.

The San Mateo County Mental Health & Substance Abuse Recovery Commission annually awards the Tony Hoffman Community Mental Health Services Award, recognizing individuals, professionals, businesses, and media who have made an extraordinary difference in the lives of people with mental illness and the communities they live in. One of the recipients this year was MHA Executive Director Melissa Platte, who received the award from San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine and Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Director Stephen Kaplan.

Mental Health Association of San Mateo County
enriches the quality of life, reduces homelessness,
and strengthens hope for our clients
to have a better quality of life.

Waverly Ave Meeting

On Behalf of Mental Health Association of San Mateo County, we would like to thank all the neighbors from MHA's new property on Waverly Ave who attended the May 1st community meeting regarding that new project. We pride ourselves on good relationships with all our neighbors for all our properties countywide and look forward to strengthening the new friendships we've started recently. Below are the presentations and documents we displayed on that night as well as the information referenced at the meeting.

Success Stories
Eligibility and Screening
Facts About Mental Illness
MHA Orientation
Neighborhood Concerns

People Who Lived with Mental Illness
Supported Housing
Waverly Neighbor Concerns
Waverly Place Proposed Apartments

San Mateo County commits $8 million for affordable housing projects.

San Mateo County supervisors committed $8 million for six affordable housing developments including units for seniors and mentally ill using money freed up by liquidating the former redevelopment agencies.

The community will see construction on these developments happening over the next one to three years, said Department of Housing Director William Lowell who added that, without the money, they would have required years of time and heavy fundraising. Read More

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