The City of San Mateo has a Below Market Rate Rental Program that serves households whose incomes range from very low to moderate based on the area median income as published by the State of California. Apartments are available at different income levels at various locations throughout the city. Rents are generally based on a third of the monthly income of the designated income level for each unit. Click here to view the current incomes.
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Apply for Affordable Housing in San Mateo County
The City of San Mateo is pleased to share a new resource for finding affordable housing opportunities across San Mateo County: https://smc.housingbayarea.org/. The County’s website is in-progress and aims to eventually serve as both a one-stop-shop for affordable rental housing and include a common short form application to make your experience of applying for housing easier. Please continue to check the County's website and the City of San Mateo's website for available housing opportunities and take a moment to share your feedback with us here.