Neighborhood Improvement & Housing

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



Information & Activities

  • Housing Element Update 2023-2031: The city is currently working on the 2023-2031 Housing Element and will be engaging the public throughout the process. Please subscribe to the Housing Programs and Policy Updates email list for upcoming meetings and updates. 
  • March 29, 2021- CA COVID-19 Rent Relief provides financial help to eligible landlords and renters for unpaid rent. Applications are now open. Check eligibility and apply for immediate relief at Housing is Key or call 833-430-2122.
  • February 3, 2020 - City Council approved new affordable requirements of 15% for the Below Market Rate program. Staff report is here.
  • June 17, 2019 - City Council passed an Ordinance to provide rental assistance to tenants displaced due to unsafe or substandard housing units.

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 .