Nominations Now Being Accepted for Hammerman Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2024 Barbara Hammerman Award, an annual recognition sponsored by the San Mateo County Domestic Violence Council. In 2005, the Domestic Violence Council established the Hammerman Award, ratified by the Board of Supervisors of San Mateo County, for the purpose of recognizing outstanding law enforcement officers for their contribution and service to survivors of domestic violence and their children. In 2009 the award was expanded to include professionals who provide services to victims of domestic violence.

Gateway Rising Celebrates Belle Haven

Gateway Rising, formerly known as Gateway Family Housing, is now fully occupied and has successfully completed its conversion to permanent financing. The property includes financing from both the San Mateo County Department of Housing and the Housing Authority of San Mateo County, as well as an award of Section 8 Project-Based Vouchers.

Spotlight on the DOH Affordable Housing Dashboard

The Department of Housing maintains the Affordable Housing Dashboard to map and track its impact on affordable housing across San Mateo County.  The Dashboard also provides information on demand for a variety of stakeholders seeking to understand the current state of affordable housing in their specific community.  When a Daly City stakeholder asked for a list of San Mateo County affordable housing projects in the pipeline to receive state and federal tax credits, the DOH Affordable

Colibri Commons Breaks Ground on February 2

On February 2, EPACANDO and MidPen Housing will break ground on Colibri Commons, a new affordable rental housing property on City-owned land at 965 Weeks Street in East Palo Alto. When construction is complete in Summer 2025, the property’s 136 new apartments will serve a broad range of the community’s housing needs, with rents affordable to people earning between 30% and 60% of Area Median Income and a unit mix of studios up to four bedrooms.

HCDC Welcomes New Members

The Board of Supervisors recently appointed three new members to San Mateo County’s 15-member Housing and Community Development Committee (HCDC):

Making a Difference with Meals and Friendship

The Department of Housing is proud to fund organizations like Peninsula Volunteers, Inc. whose work helps older adults remain in their home with nourishing meals and neighborly check-ins.

SB 267 Reduces Barriers for People with Rental Subsidies

Starting on January 1, 2024, landlords must consider a housing applicant’s receipt of a government rent subsidy including, for example, a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, when assessing the applicant’s income and ability to pay the rent.  In addition, housing applicants who receive a government rent subsidy must be allowed to provide an alternative to a credit report as a means of proving their ability to pay rent, including, for example, public benefit payments, pay records, and bank statements.

New Affordable Homes Coming to Burlingame

A loan of $5,698,107 from San Mateo County’s Affordable Housing Fund (AHF) and an award of 30 Project-Based Vouchers from the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo helped to pave the way for construction to start in late December 2023 on Eucalyptus Grove Apartments in Burlingame.

Celebrating our Housing Heroes: Peggy Jensen and Betsy Zobell

Congratulations to two housing heroes, recently recognized for their lifetime contributions to housing our community at the Housing Leadership Council’s Housing Leadership Day. 

Six to be Inducted into 35th San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame

The Commission on the Status of Women is proud to announce four Honorees and two Young Women of Excellence will be inducted into the 2024 San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame on March 8, 2024. A leader in economic development, a long-time public servant and community advocate, a co-founder of CoastPride , an advocate for mental health equity, and two teen leaders will be inducted into the 2024 San Mateo County Women's Hall of Fame, the county's premier showcase for women* who make a difference every day in our community.

Department of Housing Announces Three NOFA's

The County of San Mateo Department of Housing invites applications for three Notices of Funding Availability (NOFA) FY 2024-25 housing and community development activities and projects funded via federal and State funding and the Equity Innovation Fund (EIF) Program.  Based on 2023-24 funding the County estimates there will be approximately $4,450,143.82 to distribute for Capital Projects, $1,553,244.02 to distribute for Community Development activities and $482,986 to distribute through the Equity Innovati

Volunteers Needed for One-Day Homeless Count on January 25th

The County of San Mateo’s Human Services Agency (HSA) seeks volunteers to implement the One Day Homeless Count on Thursday, January 25, 2024 from 5 AM to 10 AM.  Trained volunteers will be deployed across the County to conduct an observational count of individuals who are unsheltered. Volunteers will navigate every street within their assigned census tract and record their findings using a mobile application.