Front Door for Families provides guidance to Mendocino County families with children who are experiencing homelessness, or are at risk of homelessness, to help them identify choices and solutions to quickly end a housing crisis.

Our housing guides assist with identifying solutions that address barriers to stable housing. We encourage clients to explore safe permanent or temporary housing options and connect to natural supports and community services.

We are trained in Housing Problem-Solving (HPS) – a model strategy endorsed by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development that seeks to prevent or quickly resolve homelessness using creative solutions. We engage families in exploratory problem-solving conversations to understand their strengths and existing support networks.

Our goal is to make family homelessness brief and rare.

Front Door for Families is a project of the Mendocino County Social Services department, and is primarily funded by a Family Homelessness Challenge grant from the California Interagency Council on Homelessness (Cal ICH).

Our vision is to create a community of safe and independent families and individuals.

Our mission is to strengthen and empower individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency and safety, and to improve their qualify of life; to deliver services in a respectful, effective and efficient manner; to develop, support, and empower staff to be professional, competent, and highly skilled; to promote and maintain productive relationships within the Department and with other government-led entities, voluntary organizations, the business sector and our community.

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Is your family experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness? Our housing guides can help!

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The Community Development Commission of Mendocino County offers rental assistance programs for low-income individuals, families, the elderly, homeless, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

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