Category Archives: Housing/Homelessness

Nominate A “Housing Hero”

A lack of stable housing can make recovery from co-occurring substance use and mental health issues an endless struggle.   The San Mateo County Change Agent Housing Committee is accepting nominations for their 14th Annual Housing Heroes Award an individual, property owner/manager, or organization who has gone above and beyond to support one or more people with mental health and/or co-occurring challenges with finding or keeping housing. 

See the nomination form for more information on this award. Nominations are due by September 17 and the awards ceremony will take place on October 19th.

CAlifornia COVID-19 Rent Relief program launches

The CA COVID-19 Rent Relief program has been officially launched!  Eligibility information and applications can be found at or by calling 833-430-2122.  Renters and landlords who have experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19, have past due rent or utilities, and have a household income that is not more than 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI), may be eligible to receive financial assistance.  

If you need assistance with the application, reach out to one of San Mateo County’s Core Service Agencies.

See the resources and fliers below for more information:

Housing Assistance Is Available

If you need housing assistance, explore our COVID-19 resource page to connect with organizations serving San Mateo County residents!


Si necesita apoyo de vivienda, ¡visite nuestra página de recursos COVID-19 para conectarse con organizaciones que prestan servicio a residentes del Condado de San Mateo!


Virtual Provider Spotlight: 3 Housing organizations That May Help You Out

Nov 4 Presentation: Housing for BHRS Clients

Learn about BHRS housing for BHRS adult clients, presented by Mariana Rocha, BHRS Clinical Services Manager II which will be presented at the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Recovery Commission’s Older Adult Committee Meeting. The presenation will cover:

• Discuss housing supports for BHRS clients with varied levels of need
• Learn about future housing programs and countywide collaborations
• Identify areas of focus from the continuum of housing support.

When: Wednesday, November 4, 2020 / 11a.m. – 12p.m
Where: Virtual meeting – see the flier below

Small Property Owner Assistance Program

13th Annual Housing Heroes Award Nominations Due Sep. 14

Lack of stable housing can make recovery from co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues an endless struggle.  Each year we celebrate the individuals and organizations that help individuals with co-occurring issues find or keep housing in San Mateo County.

We invite you to nominate a person (colleague, landlord, property manager, case manager…) or a program for the 13th Annual Housing Heroes Awards.

Submit a nomination online by completing the Electronic Nomination Form.

You can also complete the nomination form and send per instructions on the form. Deadline for submissions is Monday, September 14.

The awards ceremony will be held virtually on Tuesday, October 29, 2020, 9 AM at the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors’ Meeting. Meeting link here.

Organized by the San Mateo County Change Agent Housing Committee.

Affordable Housing Community Now Accepting ONLINE Applications

The San Mateo County Housing Authority will accept completed ONLINE applications for the 1 BEDROOM waitlist for Menlo Gateway from August 3 to August 14, 2020. All applications should be submitted online at:

No US Postal mail, fax, or email applications will be accepted.

To Visit Menlo Gateway (OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY): 1345 Willow Road Menlo Park, California 94025
Phone: (650) 323-5615 or (650) 357-9773 TTD | Fax: (650) 323-8443 | Email:

Please see flyer for more details:

Caltrain Board to Consider Affordability Requirement for Housing Near Transit

Staff for the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, which operates Caltrain, recommended requiring that at least 20% of units in the future residential projects on agency land at any station be affordable.

Affordable housing projects have the potential to add badly needed housing in an area where people are being forced into tent encampments and van living.

Read the article here.

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