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Section 8 Moving to Work (MTW) programs is now open for pre-applications!

San Mateo County Housing AuthorityThe Housing Authority of San Mateo County recently announced that they have started accepting pre-applications for their Housing Choice Vouchers as of January 13, 2014.  There are many unique features with this opening including:

  • An on-line application system that will improve accessibility and is available 24/7, an always open wait list until further notice;
  • a random selection process that is not dependent on the time and date of the application, avoiding the rush to apply;
  • a self-sufficiency model that provides case management services, financial incentives, and other supportive services to program participants;
  • a time-limited, five (5) year participation* to encourage client engagement with self-sufficiency activities and to expand the number household’s served.  (Elderly or disabled program participants may be considered for time limit extensions in accordance with the HACSM hardship policy.)

More information can be found at:


Steps to Finding Affordable Housing:

The Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California has put together this guide to help you through the search for affordable housing.

Steps to Finding Affordable Housing


San Mateo County Government Resources:

The San Mateo County Department of Housing has a variety of housing references and resources that can also help you in your housing search.

Public Housing: call (650) 802-3375

Project Based Section 8: call (650) 802-3319

County Affordable Housing List - A list of affordable housing developments in San Mateo County (last updated July 2015)


Other Resources:

HIP Housing home sharing helps match persons in need of housing with those who have a place to share. Click for the current list of rooms.  Frequently asked questions here.

Legal and Health Resources for Tenants - Local legal and health resources

Foreclosure Assistance - Loan default and foreclosure assistance

Home Repair

Rebuilding Together Peninsula provides FREE home repair services

One Home - A new resource to find affordable housing in the Bay Area