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

  • The City of San Mateo would like to invite you to attend an upcoming Special Meeting of the Community Relations Commission on December 1, 2022, at 7PM in City Hall Conference Room C or via Zoom link for development of the 2023-2028 CDBG Consolidated Plan and to announce the availability of the next year’s CDBG/PLHA Community Funding RFP”
  • The revision to the 5-Year Permanent Local Housing Allocation Plan (PHLA) is available for public review. Click to view it here. Comments can be sent to the Housing Division at nvu@cityofsanmateo,org and will be accepted until the City Council Meeting on October 17, 2022
  • 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 events. 
  • 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.
  • For more information on the City’s requirements for Accessory Dwelling Units, please visit the Planning Division’s resource page.
  • HEART of San Mateo County First Time Buyer Workshops- Programs

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