San Mateo County Social Services

Find San Mateo County California departments of social services, DSS, DPSS, and human services. Departments of social services provide information on food stamps, public assistance, welfare, housing, healthcare, emergency assistance, and child services.


Redwood City Social Service Department 1120 Roosevelt Avenue Redwood CA 94061 650-780-7311


San Bruno Social Service Department 851 Traeger Avenue San Bruno CA 94066 650-266-8800

San Mateo County Social Service Department 2415 University Avenue East Palo Alto CA 94303 650-363-4243

About San Mateo County Social Services

Social Services are California State, San Mateo County and local government agencies responsible for providing a wide range of health and human services and programs in San Mateo County, CA. The range and types of programs may vary significantly from one jurisdiction to the next, but Social Services in San Mateo County tends to emphasize safety net programs, the provision of basic necessities, and the protection of children, elderly, and dependent or vulnerable adults.

You may contact Social Services for questions about:
  • San Mateo County Social Services programs
  • Government benefits and welfare
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Food stamps and EBT cards
  • San Mateo County Medicare and Medicaid
San Mateo County SNAP Program & TANF Benefits

San Mateo County Social Services Departments administer assistance programs, including those that are funded by Federal resources. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides food assistance (San Mateo County food stamps and EBT cards), while Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides general assistance for eligible low-income households in San Mateo County. The California State and San Mateo County governments operate additional benefits programs that are geared toward helping low income households pay for basic necessities. San Mateo County Social Services Departments employ caseworkers to conduct intake, determine eligibility, approve benefits, and ensure compliance with these and other programs.

Medicare and Medicaid in San Mateo County, CA

Departments of Social Services may also administer Federal government health programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, as well as California health programs that provide coverage to low-income uninsured or underinsured groups that are not eligible for Federal health coverage. Health programs for otherwise uninsured children and women are common in San Mateo County.

Health and Human Services

In San Mateo County and at the local level, the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) often works with San Mateo County community human service providers to ensure the needs of individuals and families are met. San Mateo County referral services may cover preventive health care, housing, substance abuse and addiction services, home energy assistance programs, mental health services, and supportive services for people with disabilities. Local providers of basic necessities such as food pantries, temporary and homeless shelters, and child care are usually accessible through San Mateo County Social Services Departments.

San Mateo County Human Services

San Mateo County State Social Services Offices typically administer social and human service programs by contract with San Mateo County, local government, or community providers. In California the Social Services Department may also be responsible for coordinating and regulating the foster care system and adoptions processes. They may also investigate and support San Mateo County law enforcement in cases of child welfare or abuses and neglect of the elderly, as well as assisting child support enforcement.