Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo

264 Harbor Boulevard, Belmont, CA

There is one waiting list open now offered by Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.

Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo Waiting Lists

Waiting ListStatus
San Mateo County, California Moving to Work Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Montara (Bay Meadows) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Closed
636 El Camino, Colma Veterans Village, Delaware Place, Delaware Pacific, Gateway, Midway Village, Newell, Redwood Oaks, Willow Terrace and Woodland Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Closed
Light Tree Apartments Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Closed
Firehouse Square Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Closed
Coastside, Half Moon Village and Sequoia Belle Haven Senior Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Closed

Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo offers the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and Moving to Work programs in San Mateo County.

Go to the California Section 8 Waiting Lists page or the California Public Housing Waiting Lists page for more nearby housing applications.

Open Until Further Notice: San Mateo County, California Moving to Work Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

The Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo (HACSM) Moving-To-Work waiting list is currently open, since at least September, 2018, until further notice.

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.

To apply, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: 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. 

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

For more information, visit the HACSM website here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via a letter to Housing Authourity of San Mateo, Attn: MTW Pre-Application, 264 Harbor Blvd, #A, Belmont, CA 94002; A fax to the HACSM office at (650) 802-3373; Or an email to https://www.smchousingwaitlist.org/contact .

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 01/28/2021.

Closed: Montara (Bay Meadows) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo (HACSM) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for 1, 2 and 3-Bedroom apartments at Montara (Bay Meadows) is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from July 1, 2020, until July 31, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It was not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the HACSM website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HACSM public notice, as of July 7, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Section 8 Project-Based Voucher rental assistance in San Mateo, California.

Last Updated on 03/31/2022.

Closed: 636 El Camino, Colma Veterans Village, Delaware Place, Delaware Pacific, Gateway, Midway Village, Newell, Redwood Oaks, Willow Terrace and Woodland Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo (HACSM) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for apartments at 636 El Camino, Colma Veterans Village, Delaware Place, Delaware Pacific, Gateway, Midway Village, Newell, Redwood Oaks, Willow Terrace and Woodland is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from January 19, 2021 until February 17, 2021. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

The maximum income limits for each household size were as follows:

  • 1 Person $60,900 | 5 Persons $94,000
  • 2 Persons $68,600 | 6 Persons $100,950
  • 3 Persons $78,300 | 7 Persons $107,900
  • 4 Persons $87,000 | 8 Persons $114,850

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • San Mateo County residents.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HACSM website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HACSM on January 28, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Section 8 Project-Based Voucher rental assistance in San Francisco, Colma, San Mateo, Menlo Park, Daly City, Palo Alto and Redwood City, California.

Last Updated on 03/31/2022.

Closed: Light Tree Apartments Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for Studio, 1 and 2-Bedroom apartments at Light Tree Apartments is closed.

The HACSM last accepted applications for this waiting list from March 7, 2022, until April 4, 2022. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

The maximum income limit for each household size were as follows:

  • 1 Person $63,950 | 4 Persons $91,350
  • 2 Persons $73,100 | 5 Persons $98,700
  • 3 Persons $82,250

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • San Mateo County residents

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HACSM website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HACSM public notice on March 21, 2022.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Section 8 Project-Based Voucher rental assistance in East Palo Alto, California.

Last Updated on 04/04/2022.

Closed: Firehouse Square Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for Studio, 1, 2 and 3-Bedroom apartments at Firehouse Square is closed.

The HACSM last accepted applications for this waiting list from March 7, 2022, until April 4, 2022. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

The maximum income limit for each household size were as follows:

  • 1 Person $63,950 | 4 Persons $91,350
  • 2 Persons $73,100 | 5 Persons $98,700
  • 3 Persons $82,250 | 6 Persons $106,000
  • 7 Persons $113,300

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • San Mateo County residents

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HACSM website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HACSM public notice on March 21, 2022.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Section 8 Project-Based Voucher rental assistance in Belmont, California.

Last Updated on 04/04/2022.

Closed: Coastside, Half Moon Village and Sequoia Belle Haven Senior Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo (HACSM) Senior Section 8 Project-based Voucher waiting list for apartments at Coastside, Half Moon Village and Sequoia Belle Haven is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from January 19, 2021, until February 17, 2021. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Please note: According to HACSM, this waiting list is "limited to persons 62 and older".

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

The maximum income limits for each household size were as follows:

  • 1 Person $60,900 | 5 Persons $94,000
  • 2 Persons $68,600 | 6 Persons $100,950
  • 3 Persons $78,300 | 7 Persons $107,900
  • 4 Persons $87,000 | 8 Persons $114,850

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • San Mateo County residents.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the HACSM website.

Sources: This information was verified by the HACSM on January 28, 2021.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Senior Section 8 Project-Based Voucher rental assistance in Half Moon Bay and Menlo Park, California.

Last Updated on 03/30/2022.

About Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo

How To Check Your Waiting List Status

You can check your waiting list status online at https://housing.smcgov.org/webform/waiting-list-status-online-submission.

You can check your waiting list status by phone by calling (650) 802-3300.

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

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo manages 4,494 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following table summarizes types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2021:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Moving To Work Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 1,062 9 87 28 2,893 44 344
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,464 $1,548 $2,113 $1,736 $1,967 $2,610 $1,752
Monthly Cost $1,554,350 $13,932 $183,794 $48,607 $5,690,464 $114,856 $602,835
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.

Public Housing Apartments Operated by Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo

Midway Village

1 Martin Ct
Daly City, California

Scattered Sites

7638 El Camino Real
Colma, California

Low Income Housing Managed by Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo

Woodlands Newell

1761-1767 Woodland Ave
East Palo Alto, California
Call For Rent
Studio-4 BR
Affordable

Redwood Oaks Apartments

330 Redwood Ave
Redwood City, California
Affordable

Delaware Place

200 S Delaware St
San Mateo, California
Rent Assisted

Coatside Senior Housing

925 Main St
Half Moon Bay, California
Income Based
1 BR
Affordable

Delaware Pacific

1990 S Delaware St
San Mateo, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Affordable

636 El Camino

636 El Camino Real
South San Francisco, California
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
Affordable

Half Moon Village

801 Arnold Way
Half Moon Bay, California
Income Based
1-2 BR
62+

Gateway Apartments

1345 Willow Rd
Menlo Park, California
Income Based
1-3 BR
Affordable

Sequoia Belle Haven Apartments

1221 Willow Rd
Menlo Park, California
Income Based
1-2 BR
62+
Affordable

Willow Terrace

1345 Willow Rd
Menlo Park, California
Income Based
1-2 BR
62+

Edgewater Isle Senior Apartments

1510 Marina Vista
San Mateo, California
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+

Montara

2775 S. Delaware Street
San Mateo, California
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Rent Assisted

Firehouse Square

1300 El Camino Real
Belmont, California
Call For Rent
Studio-3 BR
Rent Assisted