LifeMoves - First Step For Families

325 Villa Terrace
San Mateo, CA 94401

(650) 340-8814 Go To Website
Class of Housing/Services: First Step for Families provides emergency and transitional housing for homeless families.

General Information:
First Step for Families provide's short-term (up to 2 months) and mid-term (up to 6 months) transitional housing for families in need. The program consists of 39 studio and one-bedroom apartments. Assistance programs include: - One-on-One Counseling - Mandatory Savings Program - On-site Food Pantry - Meal Services - Children's Playground - Internet Computer Center - Life Skills Workshops - Licensed Head Start Child Care Center For more information contact First Step for Families or visit the Shelter Network website.


Helpful Definitions For LifeMoves - First Step For Families:
Transitional housing is affordable supportive housing designed to provide housing and appropriate support services to persons who are homeless or who are close to homelessness. The transition is to help them be more self sufficient to move towards independent living on their own. Transitional housing locations are oftentimes called Halfway Houses. The naming of the two (Halfway House OR Transitional House) is oftentimes interchangeable.

Many Transitional Housing programs are subsidized and are income based. Income based transitional housing generally charges 30% of your income for rent when you do have income. Contact the transitional housing facility to see if this applies.

Services provided at transitional housing facilities varies from substance abuse treatment, to psychological assistance, job training, domestic violence assistance, etc. The assistance provided varies, but it is generally affordable and low cost housing. Read the descriptions of each of the transitional living locations for more detailed information. Transitional housing facilities also may or may not assist with alcohol and/or drug substance abuse treatment.

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