This page provides information about resources available to help find affordable housing and resolve issues around affordable housing in San Mateo County. Affordable housing in the County primarily serves households that are low, very low, or extremely low income. To understand the meaning of these terms, please refer to the section below on Income Limits.
Housing Resource Guide
The Housing Resource Guide gathers information from organizations throughout San Mateo County to help with a variety of housing needs, including: finding affordable housing for families and seniors, finding emergency housing, and resolving landlord tenant issues. Remember that we have a severe shortage of affordable housing in the County, so be prepared to make lots of phone calls and join multiple waiting lists to get into housing.
Below Market Rate (BMR) Housing Program
The BMR Housing Program is designed to assist the City of San Bruno in reaching its goal to ensure the continued availability of affordable housing for very low, low and moderate-income households as set forth in Program 5-A of the City’s Housing Element. Adopted in 2008, the BMR Program requires any new residential development of 10 units or more, to restrict at least 15 percent of the total units for occupancy by moderate-, low- and very low-income households. Click HERE for a summary of the BMR Program requirements.
In 2009, the State Court of Appeal held in Palmer v. City of Los Angeles that inclusionary rental requirements violate the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which allows landlords to determine the rents of all new units. Affordable rental housing may still be required if a developer agrees by contract to do so, in exchange for financial assistance or regulatory incentives. However, in the absence of these incentives, restricted rents cannot be required of a developer. Consequently, San Bruno is participating in a county-wide effort to prepare nexus studies and consider requiring rental housing impact fees to mitigate the impact of market-rate rental housing on the need for affordable housing.
San Mateo County Department of Housing
Housing & Community Development (HCD) of the San Mateo County Department of Housing assists very low, low and moderate income residents through financing and community development in order to stabilize and improve their quality of life. HCD's website is an excellent source of information for affordable housing and services in the County.
SMCHousingSearch.org is a resource to help you find a home in San Mateo County that fits your needs and budget. Property owners and managers throughout the county can post apartments or homes for rent any time, which means that the list is always current.
Affordable Housing at the Crossing in San Bruno
The Crossing San Bruno includes a total of 1,063 housing units in five residential buildings, including 325 affordable units, as described below. The City does not own or manage the leasing of any housing, including at the Crossing. Please be aware that the affordable units are in great demand, and there is likely to be waiting list for the units.
The AvalonBay apartments has a total 97 below market rate units, affordable to households with incomes up to 50% of the San Mateo County Median Income adjusted for family size. Please call the leasing office at (650) 589-9100 to find out whether you qualify and how to apply.
Village Senior Apartments
The 228-unit Village Senior apartments is restricted to persons aged 55 years and older. The units are one- and two- bedroom and rents are affordable to households with incomes up to 60% (187 units), 50% (12 units) and 30% (29 units) of the San Mateo County Median Income. Please call the leasing office at (650) 588-8036 to find out whether you qualify and how to apply.
The San Mateo County Department of Housing annually publishes countywide Income and Rent limits adjusted by household size. The income limits are established by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the State of California. In order to qualify for affordable housing, your household must not exceed the income limit that corresponds to the family size (number of residents) of your household. Visit the San Mateo County “Income & Rent Limits” web page to see what the current income limits are.
AB 987 Affordable Housing Database
AB 987 required each Redevelopment Agency to post a database of affordable housing units assisted with the former Redevelopment Agency's Low-Moderate Income Housing Fund on its website. Click HERE to view the 2011 Affordable Housing Database for the former San Bruno Redevelopment Project Area. There have been no changes since 2011.
Long-Range Planning Manager
Tel.: (650) 616-7053
Fax: (650) 873-6749