Housing Information & Resources

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The City of Brisbane is proud to partner with and support many of the agencies listed on this page that can help Brisbane residents to find and maintain affordable housing. This is a partial list of nonprofit and government housing agencies operating in San Mateo County and is subject to change over time.
 

Home for All, San Mateo County

 
The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors formed the Jobs/Housing GapTask Force in 2015 to examine the challenges of the current housing market in San Mateo County and to develop a variety of potential policy solutions. Task Force members include San Mateo County Supervisors Don Horsley and Warren Slocum (co-chairs), representatives San Mateo County cities and towns, business organizations, educators, housing developers, community-based organizations, and labor and community advocates.
 
The Task Force concluded its work in July 2016, and issued a report to the Board of Supervisors outlining its recommendations and proposed plan of action. The Task Force's work will continue under the new Countywide program called "Home for All, San Mateo County," intended to be an information hub and resource for all San Mateo County communities. Check out the Home for All, San Mateo County website here.
 

Nonprofit and Public Agencies

 
Main Office:
800 S. Claremont #210
San Mateo, CA 94402
Phone (650) 348-6660
Fax (650) 348-0284
 
  • HIP Housing is a nonprofit organization serving San Mateo County. HIP’s programs include innovative housing programs and mentoring programs to help families and individuals find and keep affordable housing. Looking for an affordable rental? HIP’s Home Sharing program is actively seeking both potential renters and providers! Check out HIP’s website for more information on all their housing programs.
 
139 Mitchell Ave, Suite 108
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Phone (650) 872-4444
Fax (650) 872-4411
 
  • The Housing Endowment and Regional Trust (HEART) is a community loan fund that provides down payment assistance loans to first-time homebuyers in San Mateo County to help reduce the cost of housing. Fall workshops for prospective homeowners begin in September! Check out HEART's website for workshop dates.
Redwood City Office:
1615 Hudson St., Suite A
Redwood City, CA 94061
FREE HOUSING HELPLINE: (650) 399-2149

info@housing.org 

  • Project Sentinel is a HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agency that provides counseling on reverse mortgages, dispute resolution, housing discrimination, mortgage foreclosure and delinquency, home buyer education, and more.

    San Mateo County landlords, tenants, and neighbors can call Project Sentinel's free housing helpline at (650) 399-2149 to receive information about their rights and responsibilities, referrals, and guidance on how to jointly and amicably resolve their landlord-tenant disputes on such issues as rent increase, termination of tenancy, security deposit, repairs, finding below market rate housing, including conciliation and mediation (through PCRC) of their disputes. Click here to download the Project Sentinel brochure to learn more about their services.

San Mateo County Human Services Agency
Beth Falls, bfalls@smchsa.org, (650) 802-7656
Ali Shirkhani, ashirkhani@smcgov.org , (650) 802-7675
 
  • The Center on Homelessness coordinates programs for homeless people in San Mateo County, such as emergency shelter, housing assistance, food, childcare, transportation, employment referrals, job training, and more.  
San Mateo County Department of Housing
264 Harbor Boulevard
Belmont, CA 94002
Phone (650) 802-3300
Fax (650) 802-3372
 
  • While the County’s Rehab Loan Program is not currently accepting applications, their program webpage maintains a list of contact information for nonprofit minor home repair organizations that is a good resource for homeowners.
500 Capitol Mall, Ste. 1400
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone (877) 9-CalHFA
Fax (916) 326-8033
 
  • CalHFA offers first and junior loan options for low to moderate income families throughout California, including first time homebuyers and current homeowners. Loans are available based on established eligibility criteria such as household income limits, sales price limits, and others.
Written Resources
  • This guide, produced by the California Department of Consumer Affairs, contains helpful information on legal protections and obligations for both renters and landlords in California.