The newest Core Service Agency officially opened its doors today, and began providing safety-net services to the communities of South San Francisco, Brisbane, and San Bruno. Through a contract with the San Mateo County Human Services Agency (HSA), the YMCA Community Resource Center joins seven other organizations that comprise the Core Service Agencies throughout the region. The goal of a Core Service contract is to eliminate the causes and ameliorate the conditions of poverty by advancing the self-sufficiency of low income individuals. Services include food distribution, shelter and housing referrals, as well as assistance with benefit forms, financial education, and landlord-tenant mediation.
Services for northern San Mateo County have most recently been provided through the Human Services Agency’s Regional Office on Huntington Ave, South San Francisco. The new contract institutes YMCA as a long-term provider of these vital resources. The Community Resource Center is co-located with the YMCA’s existing Youth Service Bureau mental health clinic, across the street from HSA, at 1486 Huntington Avenue.
The Center’s opening was attended by community leaders, partner organizations and clients at a ribbon-cutting ceremony today. "San Mateo County's core service agencies provide critical safety net services to community members in need and help form the backbone of the county's support system," said Dave Pine, President of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. "We are pleased to welcome the YMCA as a core service provider and we look forward to a successful partnership."