Services offered
Jose Reyes, left, speaks with Jessica Garcia and Fabiola Prieto who are providing alcohol and drug services at the homeless encampment near Stawflower Village earlier this year. A similar "intensive services day" is planned next week. Jamie Soja / Review 

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, a dozen service providers from the Coastside and the greater San Mateo County area will be present at the encampment behind Safeway and ready to help.

The goal is to connect the people there with services that may help them remove barriers preventing them from securing housing. That is the long-term goal and service providers with county and local nonprofits have been working with individuals on breaking these barriers for years.

In the short term, there will be space provided at one of at least three shelters over the hill.

“There will be shelter offered to every single person,” said Half Moon Bay Deputy City Manager Matthew Chidester.

This is the second intensive services day the city has offered since plans for the encampment removal were laid out last December. The first one was held in early February and, as a result, at least two people were transferred to a motel and connected to mental health services, said LifeMoves Housing Programs Manager Marc Sabin.

The city later reported that 51 people received general information and services, and several took part in an intake or enrollment process.

This time around, the city says it is planning a more focused approach with service providers venturing into the encampment as a way to make one-on-one contact with each of the people staying there.

The event is expected to wrap up around 1 p.m.

— Carina Woudenberg


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