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Help at Home Directory

The Help at Home Directory is a mini reference guide to assist San Mateo County adults of all incomes to remain in their homes when they are ill, disabled or in crisis. The guide is developed by the San Mateo County Commission on Aging and contains some information on transportation in the county.

Printed copies of the directory can be found at all senior centers in the county, or you can request a printed copy by calling 650-573-2643.

PDF versions of the booklet in English, Spanish or Chinese can be found at

Peninsula Library System

There are 33 libraries in San Mateo County, with at least one branch in almost every city. Each library has many informational resources for seniors, such as printed copies of the Community Information Handbook and helpful librarians who will do their best to help you find answers to your questions. Additionally, each library has maps and schedules for local transit. Most libraries also have computers that you can use to access websites and staff who can look up most of the Internet references in this guide for you.

To find the branch nearest you, consult the blue government pages of your local phone book or go to

SMC Connect

SMC Connect is an online search engine that helps users locate community services in San Mateo County developed by the County of San Mateo Human Services Agency. Go to


511 is a one-stop resource for Bay Area transportation information, including real-time traffic conditions, public transportation routes and schedules, bicycling information and much more. 511 information is available on the phone by dialing 511 or on the web at To use the phone service, speak your choices or press zero to use touch-tone menus. It is a free service and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The website includes an interactive trip planner. Phone users who are hearing impaired can use 511 by calling 711.