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Affordable Housing In San Mateo County
California

94 Low Income Apartment Communities In San Mateo County

Landbanking for Permanent Housing

1504 El Camino Real
Redwood City, California
Accepts Vouchers

Rotary Haciendas Senior Housing

2700 Hacienda St
San Mateo, California
Accepts Vouchers

Multifamily Rehabilitation

240 Linden St
Redwood City, California
Accepts Vouchers

Metro Center Senior Homes

100 Village Ln
Foster City, California
Accepts Vouchers

Oceana Senior Housing

901 Oceana Blvd
Pacifica, California
Accepts Vouchers

Affordable Housing Project

232 S Humboldt St
San Mateo, California
Accepts Vouchers

Peninsula Park ( Formerly Gateway )

Clarke and O'connor
East Palo Alto, California
Accepts Vouchers

Miramar Apartments

1288 E Hillsdale Blvd
Foster City, California
Accepts Vouchers

Redwood Oaks Apartments

330 Redwood Ave
Redwood City, California
Accepts Vouchers

The Crossing

853 Commodore Dr
San Bruno, California
Accepts Vouchers

Housing Authorities that serve San Mateo County

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Moving to Work

Other Housing Authorities located in San Mateo County

Housing Authority Programs
City of South San Francisco Housing Authority Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in San Mateo County, California

There are 94 low income housing apartment communities offering 6,244 affordable apartments for rent in San Mateo County, California.

Income Based Apartments in San Mateo County, California

San Mateo County features 2,231 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in San Mateo County, California

There are 3,619 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in San Mateo County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in San Mateo County, California

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay San Mateo County landlords $1,400 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $500 towards rent in San Mateo County.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

San Mateo County, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 94
Total Low Income Apartments 6,244
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 2,231
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 40.93%
Average Renter Household Size 2.78
Average Household Size 2.85
Median Household Income $93,623 ±$1,412
Median Rent $1,728 ±$17
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 48.97% ± 1.28pp
Total Population 748,731

Population and Household Demographics

San Mateo County is a County in California with a population of 748,731. There are 259,711 households in the county with an average household size of 2.85 persons. 40.93% of households in San Mateo County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in San Mateo County

The median gross income for households in San Mateo County is $93,623 a year, or $7,802 a month. The median rent for the county is $1,728 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In San Mateo County, a household making less than $5,760 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 48.97% of households who rent are overburdened in San Mateo County.1

Area Median Income In San Mateo County

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

In San Mateo County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $136,800

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in San Mateo County

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for HUD Rental Assistance in San Mateo County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $33,850 $38,700 $43,550 $48,350 $52,250 $56,100 $60,000 $63,850
50% of Median $56,450 $64,500 $72,550 $80,600 $87,050 $93,500 $99,950 $106,400
80% of Median $90,450 $103,350 $116,250 $129,150 $139,500 $149,850 $160,150 $170,500

Cities In San Mateo County

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City Listings Served By
Redwood City 14 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Redwood City is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
San Mateo 14 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves San Mateo is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
Daly City 8 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Daly City is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
Foster City 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Foster City is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
South San Francisco 12 The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve South San Francisco are the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo and City of South San Francisco Housing Authority.
East Palo Alto 9 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves East Palo Alto is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
Belmont 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Belmont is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
Half Moon Bay 7 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Half Moon Bay is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
Pacifica 8 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Pacifica is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
Menlo Park 7 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Menlo Park is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
San Carlos 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves San Carlos is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
San Bruno 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves San Bruno is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
Colma 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Colma is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
Burlingame 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Burlingame is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
Millbrae 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Millbrae is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
Atherton 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Atherton is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
Brisbane 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Brisbane is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
Broadmoor 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Broadmoor is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
El Granada 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves El Granada is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
Emerald Lake Hills 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Emerald Lake Hills is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
Highlands Baywood Park 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Highlands Baywood Park is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
Hillsborough 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Hillsborough is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
Ladera 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Ladera is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
La Honda 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves La Honda is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
Loma Mar 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Loma Mar is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
Montara 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Montara is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
Moss Beach 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Moss Beach is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
North Fair Oaks 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves North Fair Oaks is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
Pescadero 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Pescadero is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
Portola Valley 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Portola Valley is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
West Menlo Park 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves West Menlo Park is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
Woodside 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Woodside is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.
Highlands-Baywood Park 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Highlands-Baywood Park is the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo.