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. 

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 Innovation Fu

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.

First Stanford Affordable Housing Fund Award for San Mateo County

First Stanford Affordable Housing Fund Award for San Mateo County

Tenant Security Deposits Limited to One Month’s Rent

Governor Newsom recently signed into law AB 12, which on July 1, 2024 will prohibit many landlords from charging more than one month’s rent as a security deposit for an apartment rental.  “This new law is especially important in San Mateo County where working families are hard pressed to save twice the amount of the average monthly rent of almost $3500”, comm

Housing is More than a Roof Over Your Head

As the holidays draw near, families served by the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo (HACSM) can look forward to receiving toys and books made available through a collaboration between HACSM, the County Human Services Agency and the Peninsula Library System.

Department of Housing Receives State Housing Award

The San Mateo County Department of Housing has successfully competed for an award of $5 million to implement the State’s Local Housing Trust Fund (LHTF) program.  The LHTF program provides matching funds to local and regional housing trust funds dedicated to the creation, rehabilitation, or preservation of affordable housing, transitional housing and emergency shelters.