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Empowering People To Create Their Best Life

“SAYAT has guided me to where I am today,” Now I know that I’m not alone and that I can always count on others to guide and support me. It’s the best feeling.”

- James, MHA Client

Support Services

For information contact:

Doraly Espinoza (she/her)

Program Coordinator 

(650) 722-7385


The Friendship Center is one of MHA's oldest and most successful programs. Opened in 1970, the Centers are a safe and inclusive environment for adults with mental illness. All of our activities are community-based, providing recreation and socialization as well as the opportunity to participate in activities and events that provide a sense of belonging and, for many, an extended and caring family.

Join our contact list and we will be happy to send you our monthly calendar and event flyers. 



TUESDAYS in Daly City

North County Mental Health Center

375 89th Street

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

THURSDAYS in Redwood City

Fair Oaks Commons 

2nd Floor Community Room

2821 El Camino Real

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.​​​​

Peer-led Friendly Conversations

Want to hear from one of our peer support counselors every week? Let
us know and we will be
happy to help you get started.

All centers are FREE and include coffee, snacks, and a warm meal.

Must be 18 years or older to participate. 


Participants must be:

  • Between the ages of 18 and 25

  • Be considered homeless as defined by HUD

  • Reside in San Mateo County

  • Have an identified disability*


Identified Disabilities can include:

  • Substance use disorder

  • Serious mental illness

  • Developmental disability

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

  • Cognitive impairments due to brain injury

  • Chronic physical illness or disability

To apply, complete the following forms and mail or fax to:

Kim Cotton
SAYAT Program
2686 Spring Street
Redwood City, Ca 94063
Fax: (510) 879-0354


SAYAT referral

Homelessness Certification

Disability Certification


Forms cannot be submitted via email.

Support and Advocacy for Young Adults in Transition (SAYAT) was developed in 1990 to address the mental health needs of young people leaving foster care or the juvenile justice system. MHA recognizes that the years between 18 and 25 are critical in diagnosing the onset of mental illness. The SAYAT staff offers intensive case management and support services to facilitate successful independent living.

For information and to submit forms contact:

Kim Cotton
Case Management Services Coordinator
(650) 257-8821



The MHA Wellness Program, run by skilled Occupational Therapists, enhances and strengthens the living skills of persons with mental illness enabling them to be independent and live successfully in the community.

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For information contact:

Madeline Smith

Occupational Therapist

(650) 368-9016






Peer-Mentoring Hours
Friendship Center Clients
Nights of Housing Assistance

An important aspect of supportive housing is helping clients with services outside of regular case management. Some clients need additional services in order to thrive in supportive housing. Help with meal prep, cleaning or walking a dog can make all the difference in a successful housing placement. MHA has developed a pilot project, recruiting and matching in-home workers with our clients who need additional assistance to maintain housing. We identified five care providers along with more than 20 individuals who, without this type of support, were in danger of losing their housing. This demonstration project has been an overwhelming success, informing us about how this will work with the larger segment of the population in need.

For information contact:

Georgia Peterson

Shelter Manager

(650) 298-9846





MHA's Youth Empowerment Program helps young adults accomplish incredible things by exposing them to inspiring ideas and opportunities.



  • Housing Subsidy Assistance

  • College or Vocational Training Financial Assistance

  • Case Management

  • Education and Vocational Services

  • Peer Support Services

  • Budgeting & Money Management

  • Employment Assistance

  • Assistance Applying for Benefits

  • Support with Daily Living Skills

Are you or is someone you know homeless or at risk of homelessness and between the ages of 18-25?


For information/referral packet contact:

Terriana Briggs

YEP Program Manager

(650) 722-7336


Participants must be:

  • Between the ages of 18 and 25

  • A single adult

  • Homelessness or at risk of homelessness

  • Reside in San Mateo County



Participants must:

  • Have received a positive result from an HIV test

  • Be a resident of San Mateo County

  • Verify a need for assistance

  • Have a gross household income at or below 80% of the area median income

  • Be willing to work toward stable housing

MHA manages the Housing and Client Assistance Program for individuals with HIV/AIDS. This program helps HIV positive, low-income residents of San Mateo County avoid homelessness by helping them obtain and maintain permanent housing. Services are provided through the use of Housing Opportunity for People with AIDS (HOPWA) and Ryan White funds received through a contract with the San Mateo County STD/HIV Program. Services include assistance with creating and maintaining a plan that will lead to stable housing, short term rental assistance, move in costs and help with utility bills. Referrals are given to find additional services in the community. Financial assistance is temporary.

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For information and application contact:

Susan Platte

Housing Assistance Coordinator

(650) 363-2834

(510) 350-9176 fax


Support Services Cont'd.

We Need Your Support Today!

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