About Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo

The Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo is a Section 8 and Public Housing Public Housing Agency in Belmont, California.

The Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo serves San Mateo County, Redwood City, San Mateo, Daly City, Foster City, South San Francisco, East Palo Alto, Belmont, Half Moon Bay, Pacifica, Menlo Park, San Carlos, San Bruno, Colma, Burlingame, Millbrae, Atherton, Brisbane, Broadmoor, El Granada, Emerald Lake Hills, Highlands Baywood Park, Hillsborough, Ladera, La Honda, Loma Mar, Montara, Moss Beach, North Fair Oaks, Pescadero, Portola Valley, West Menlo Park, Woodside and Highlands-Baywood Park.

Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo Waiting Lists

Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Open Indefinitely

Please note: The Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo operates the Moving-To-Work program in place of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. The Moving-To-Work program differs from Section 8 by having a 5-year limit and offering financial and other supportive incentives.

The Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo (HACSM) Moving-To-Work program waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.

 

Please note: This waiting list has preferences. This means that applicants who qualify for these preferences will receive assistance before applicants who do not. Because of these preferences, applicants who do not qualify may have a longer wait to receive assistance.


To apply, complete the online pre-application here.

 

If an applicant requires reasonable accommodation to complete the application, they can send a letter to Housing Authourity of San Mateo, Attn: MTW Pre-Application, 264 Harbor Blvd., #A, Belmont, CA 94002; send a fax to the HACSM office at (650) 802-3373; or send an email to the HACSM here.

 

The following preferences have been identified: Persons who live, work or have been hired to work in San Mateo County.

 

Applicants will be selected to be scheduled for an eligibility interview by random lottery. The HACSM will send a notice to the mailing address on record. 

 

Important note: Applicants who have been placed on the waiting list must inform the housing authority immediately if your application information changes (such as contact information, income, and household members). In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list. Contact the housing authority to find out how to update application information.

 

The HACSM has stressed that pre-applications will expire after a 12-month inactive period. To stay on the waiting list, update your information before the expiration date on the Submission Confirmation web page.

 

For more information, visit the HACSM website, or call the office at (650) 802-3300.

Last Updated on 07/17/2017.


About the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo manages 4,317 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Moving To Work Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 848 11 77 112 3,066 22 181
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,049 $1,107 $1,533 $1,308 $1,457 $717 $1,108
Monthly Cost $889,387 $12,176 $118,008 $146,478 $4,468,556 $15,778 $200,538

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 8% having issued approximately 542 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 10 years and 9 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of -1 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $22,216 per year. 93% of households were very low income (VLI) and 75% were extremely low income (ELI). 39% of households had wages as a major source of income, 3% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 57% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 36% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 23% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 39% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 5% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

34% of households included children, 7% of which had two adults in the household. 28% of households with children have a female head of household. 71% of all households were headed by a female.

71% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 24% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo Housing Choice Voucher program, 16% include at least one person with a disability. 26% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 35% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

47% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 33% with 2 bedrooms and 21% with 3 or more bedrooms. 11% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo voucher holders in 2016 was $517 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $1,366. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $67.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


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