About HACSM Waiting Lists

To improve your access to affordable housing opportunities administered through the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo (HACSM), we use an online portal called Rent Café PHA which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The link to the portal is at www.mysmchousing.com

Applicants can register on the portal to be considered for tenant-based rental assistance or project-based rental assistance when wait lists are open. 

The Moving To Work tenant-based wait list is continuously open.

If you are currently on the Moving To Work tenant-based wait list (formerly known as Section 8) or any of the project-based wait lists and you want to check your status of the application, please login to your account.

If you need assistance with the online application process, email us at csteam@smchousing.org or leave a message at (650) 802-3352 or TDD at (650) 802-3377.

If you do not have access to a computer or the ability to apply online, please call our office and leave a message at (650) 802-3352. A Housing Authority representative will contact you to discuss options for getting your name on any of our open waiting lists.

See flyers under "Related Documents" below that highlight project-based waiting lists currently open in San Mateo County:

Here are videos in both English and Spanish with Rent Café Registration Instructions.
>> Aquí está el video de las instrucciones para inscribirse en Rent Café PHA.

>>Rent C
afé Instructions in both English and Spanish are also posted below under Related Documents