Inter-Departmental Correspondence

Human Services Agency

Office of Housing



October 7, 2002


October 29, 2002



Honorable Board of Supervisors


Maureen Borland, Director, Human Services Agency
Steve Cervantes, Director, Office of Housing



Resolution authorizing the execution of an Agreement with Shelter Network of San Mateo County to Provide Emergency Shelter for Families and Individuals



Adopt a Resolution:


Authorizing the execution of an Agreement with Shelter Network to provide emergency homeless shelter and services for families and individuals from 8/1/02 through 6/30/03 in the amount of $486,175; and



Authorizing the Director of the Human Services Agency to execute subsequent Amendments and minor modifications not to exceed $25,000 per funding source.



As with the past year's contract, we have consolidated all Shelter Network Programs and funding sources. Shelter Network will provide emergency shelter and/or transitional housing for homeless families and individuals.


First Step for Families in San Mateo provides emergency assistance for up to 18 homeless families at a time. Maple Street Shelter in Redwood City provides 30 beds of emergency shelter and 44 beds of transitional housing for homeless men and women. Both programs provide case management services designed to help households move on to transitional housing or directly back to permanent housing.


Shelter Network also operates four transitional housing programs for families - Family Crossroads in Daly City, Haven Family House in Menlo Park, Redwood Family House in Redwood City and EPA House in East Palo Alto. All these programs provide homeless residents with a safe place to stay as well as extensive social services for two to six months. The Bridges program provides longer-term support in scattered-site apartments and houses. Services provided include up to eighteen months of rental assistance for residents enrolled in job training.



On May 7, 2002, the Board of Supervisors approved the CDBG funding for FY 2002-03, which included funding for this Agreement. This past year Shelter Network has been successful in meeting its performance measures. The Agreement was delayed due to the process of negotiating a comprehensive Agreement to reflect their services.


County Counsel has reviewed and approved this Agreement as to form. Risk Management has reviewed and approved the contractor's insurance coverage.


Vision Alignment

This action keeps the commitment to: Offer a full range of housing choices and goal number 9: Housing exists for people at all income levels and for all generations of families. The action contributes to this commitment and goal by providing emergency, transitional housing and social services for homeless families and individuals.


Fiscal Impact

Funding for this Agreement is $486,175, of which, $276,625 is from the General Fund, $203,250 is from CDBG and $6,300 is from the Federal Center for Substance Abuse Treatment Grant. The Net County Cost for this Agreement has been included in the
FY 2002-03 adopted budget for HSA.