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Housing Tools

Non-Subsidized Housing Tools:
(if you are not a Section 8 voucher holder)

• What can you afford to rent? (Calculate)

Subsidized Housing Tools:
(if you are a Section 8 voucher holder)

• Tiered Subsidy Table (Eligible Subsidy Amount) [PDF 38KB]

General Housing Tools

• Rental Checklist
• An example of moving costs
• Calculate your moving costs

Community Services

2-1-1 Bay Area:
24/7 Toll Free number that connects callers with services including food, housing, health care, employment assistance, child care and more
Dial 2-1-1 or click onto Opens new browser window
SMC Connect:
Provides information on community services available to people who live or work in San Mateo County
Click onto Opens new browser window SMC Connect

Housing Resources

  • Opens new browser window San Mateo County Department of Housing (DOH): Consists of two divisions - Housing & Community Development (First-Time Home Buyers, Housing Rehab, Community Development, etc.) and the Housing Authority (Section 8/Rental Assistance, Moving To Work, Shelter Plus Care, Family Self-Sufficiency, Public Housing, etc.
  • Opens new browser window Housing & Community Development (HCD):
  • Opens new browser window HIP Housing: Programs include Home Sharing (helps match persons in need of housing with those who have a place to share), Self-Sufficiency (housing and supportive services to low-income families transitioning to self-reliance) and Property Management (acquires and rehabilitates existing housing to expand the pools of affordable housing).
  • Opens new browser window Housing Endowment and Regional Trust of San Mateo County (HEART): A public/private partnership among the cities, the County, and the business, non-profit, education and labor communities to create more affordable housing opportunities in San Mateo County.
  • Opens new browser window Housing Leadership Council (HLC): Coordinates a variety of programs and activities (Affordable Housing Week, Housing Leadership Day, Community Builders Program, etc.) that work to shape policy, change perceptions, and support best practices toward more sustainable, more affordable homes in San Mateo County.
  • Opens new browser window Housing California: Mission is to prevent homelessness and increase the supply of decent, safe, accessible and permanently affordable homes for homeless low-income Californians.
  • Opens new browser window California Department of Housing and Community Development (State HCD): Provides leadership, policies and programs to preserve and expand safe and affordable housing opportunities and promote strong communities for all Californians.
  • Opens new browser window U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.

Directory of Additional Housing Resources:

General Resources:
Disability Resources
Homeownership Resources
Domestic Violence Resources
Legal Resources
  • A non-profit agency providing services to help people resolve housing problems. The agency assists home seekers as well as housing providers through counseling, complaint investigation, mediation, conciliation and education.
  • The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County serves as legal advocates and representatives for disadvantaged people.
  • Committed to providing meaningful access to the civil justice system through quality legal assistance regardless of a client's location, language or disability.
Employment and Training Resources
  • Fosters and promotes the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities for profitable employment, protecting their retirement and health care benefits, helping employers find workers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in employment, prices, and other national economic measurements.
  • Provides no-cost job training to economically disadvantaged, unemployed, and underemployed adults and youth. Partnering with California Employment Development Department (EDD), Peninsula Works and the Department of Rehabilitation, JobTrain provides comprehensive career services to the entire county.
Senior Resources:
General Information and Assistance
Civic Engagement
Insurance, Financial, Legal and Other Assistance
  • At JobTrain - offers a broad range of services from public benefits screening, application assistance, legal counseling, financial counseling, and tax preparation - all for FREE.
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