The San Mateo County Stand Down is created for homeless and At-risk of becoming homeless veterans  and is modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. At secure base camp areas, troops were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment. Stand Down afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being. San Mateo County will bring these services and other resources to one location, making them more accessible to homeless Veterans.


  • VA Benefits
  • VA Services
  • Medical Care
  • Mental Health
  • Dental Care
  • Vision Care
  • Housing Information
  • Employment Services
  • Hair Cuts, Showers and Laundry Services
  • Supplies & Surplus
  • Clothing & Personal Care Items
  • Food
  • Many more benefits and services !

What to Bring

  • DD214
  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Proof of mailing address or if you live at a shelter, bring your shelter statement

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