Neighborhood Improvement & Housing

  1. Special Notice Regarding 2020 Holiday Hours
    City Hall and respective offices will be closed Monday, January 20, 2020
    in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
The Neighborhood Improvement & Housing Division manages a number of programs designed to maintain the quality of neighborhoods and build new affordable housing through local and federal funds.
First-Time Homebuyer Program
Below Market Rental Program
Search Affordable Housing

Housing Projects and Events


For Community Development Block Grant funds for Public Services and Minor Home Repair Programs. Applications are due January 16, 2020. Please see the Bid Posting page for more information.


The passage of Assembly Bill 1482 caps rent increases to 5% plus CPI, as well as provides just cause eviction protections statewide starting on January 1, 2020. 

On November 4, 2019, the City Council unanimously approved an urgency ordinance to provide San Mateo renters just cause eviction protections in the interim until these statewide tenant protection laws go into effect. San Mateo’s local urgency ordinance prohibits evictions without cause, and retroactively applies starting October 1, 2019. Certain limits apply based on building type and term of occupancy.  

See flyer for more information. 

A copy of the ordinance is here.


October 9, 2019 - Below-Market Rate Program Roundtable was held as directed in the study session on July 15. Here you can find meeting materials and a summary of comments.

July 15, 2019 - At the City Council Study Session, changes to the Below-Market Rate Program were discussed

June 17, 2019 - City Council passed an Ordinance to provide rental assistance to tenants displaced due to unsafe or substandard housing units. 

May 18, 2019 -The second Community Conversation on Housing was held at Hillsdale High School. More information can be found at the event page.

For more information on the City's requirements for Accessory Dwelling Units, please visit the Planning Division's resource page.

General Plan workshops and meetings are ongoing. For more information visit Strive San Mateo .