The Human Services Agency acts as the Community Action Agency for the County of San Mateo.

The objective of the San Mateo County Community Action Agency is to provide services and resources that promote and encourage self-sufficiency to the most vulnerable members of the community.

The Community Action Agency partners with the Core Service Agencies.

The Core Service Agencies provide emergency assistance for housing, shelter, food and other safety net needs. The list of the Core Service Agencies is available at

Draft Community Action Plan (CAP) 2022-2023 – Public input welcome!

The San Mateo County Community Action Agency (CAA) has drafted our bi-annual Community Action Plan (CAP), which sets out our strategies to ensure that families and individual in San Mateo County have equal access to community resources that lead to and support self-sufficiency. The plan includes a Community Needs Assessment (CNA) that provides a comprehensive picture of community needs.

The plan is posted below titled Draft Community Action Plan for 2022-2023 (4-9-21).

The public comment period is from April 9, 2021- May 10, 2021.

We invite members of the public to review and comment on the CAP. Please submit any written comments by emailing

In addition, members of the public are invited to attend the Community Action Agency Public Hearing on the Plan at the CAA Meeting on May 11, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. via Zoom. (Zoom link will be posted below.)


Meetings of the Community Action Agency Board

The Community Action Agency is overseen by the Community Action Agency Board, which generally meets quarterly. Meetings are open to the public.

2021 meetings:

February 16, 2021 8:30-10:00 am
Virtual Meeting
Or by phone at (669) 900-6833, webinar ID is: 992 8514 6256. 

May 11, 2021 8:30-10:00 am

Public Hearing for CAP
Virtual Meeting

August 17 2021 8:30-10:00 am
Virtual Meeting 

November 2, 2021 8:30-10:00 am 
Virtual Meeting 

For more information about the Community Action Agency, please contact Ali Shirkhani at 650-802-7675 or