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MHSA Housing Program

General information

El Camino Street Apartments, a supportive housing development in South San Francisco

The San Mateo County MHSA Housing Program funds permanent supportive housing for individuals with severe mental illness and that meet the MHSA eligibility criteria as homeless or at-risk of being homeless.

Generally, supportive housing is community-based housing that is affordable to clients on a permanent basis, provides all the rights and responsibilities of tenancy, and is accompanied by appropriate and voluntary social services.

We have many people living with mental illness around us all the time, and we never notice. Supportive housing actually helps reduce what people don’t like — homeless people loitering in areas, and people in distress walking the streets.

Myth: My property value will decline if you build supportive housing nearby.
Fact: Property values do not decline when supportive housing is built nearby.

Myth: Crime will go up in my neighborhood if you build supportive housing nearby.
Fact: Crime does not increase when supportive housing is built.

Myth: Residents living nearby supportive housing will be scared of the housing and the people in it, changing the neighborhood character.
Fact: Residents’ fears disappear once the supportive housing is built.

Read The Impact of Supportive Housing on Neighborhood Crime and Property Values for more on information on the research of supportive housing.

Proposed Waverly Place Apartments

Currently, the Mental Health Association of San Mateo County submitted a proposal for MHSA funding for Waverly Place Apartment development in North Fair Oaks community, which was reviewed and accepted by committee in February 2013.

As required, a 30 day public comment period to secure MHSA funding opened on March 5th and closed on April 5th. During this 30 day period, public comments were sent to the San Mateo County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Commission (MHSARC). The close of this public comment period, is not the final decision regarding the development of Waverly Place Apartments. Please visit the San Mateo County Planning Department for more informaiton on the review process when an area is rezoned.

Additional Opportunities for Public Comment

  • Attend the Mental Health Association’s Community Meeting on May 1st, 7:00-9:00pm at the Fair Oaks Community Center, 2600 Middlefield Rd. in Redwood City.
  • The Mental Health Association will need to submit an application to the San Mateo County Planning and Building Department for consideration, providing another opportunity for public comment and a public hearing through the Board of Supervisors.
  • The MHSARC holds monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of each month (3:00-5:00 pm at 225 37th Ave. in San Mateo) and public comments are also welcome there.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions and the following documents for more information about the Waverly Place Apartment project.

MHSA Housing Developments in San Mateo County

The San Mateo County MHSA Housing Program has funded three supportive housing developments throughout the county:

MHSA Housing Application

We are currently accepting applications for the Mental Health Services Act Housing Program. For the San Mateo County MHSA housing application, see below.