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City of Brisbane Housing Programs

  • Brisbane Housing Authority Programs: The Brisbane Housing Authority administers the Low and Moderate Income Housing Fund, which helps to fund a variety of housing programs such as the First Time Homebuyer loan program and grants to assist homeowners to maintain and rehabilitate their homes. The Authority is not currently issuing new loans or grants. To be informed of when the Authority may begin issuing new loans and grants, please email planning@brisbaneca.org.
  • Housing Element of the General Plan: The Housing Element, updated every seven years, identifies locations within the City that are zoned for housing development and contains the City's goals and policies to encourage construction of new housing units affordable to households with a range of income levels in the City. Visit the Housing Element webpage to download the Housing Element.
  • Potential Housing Development Projects: Visit the Potential Development Projects and Sites page for a list of housing developments with planning and/or building permit approvals.

Nonprofit and Public Agencies

Home for All San Mateo County is a countywide collaborative policy effort with a wide range of community partners, including the City of Brisbane, working together to build support and inspire action for a variety of housing options in the County. Home for All facilitates collaboration between public agencies, serves as an information hub on best practices and housing policies, and serves as a resource for those seeking affordable housing options in the County. Visit their website to learn more about affordable housing options in San Mateo County.

Dial 2-1-1 from any phone - including cell phones - and a live person will help you with information and referrals to local community services, such as food, shelter, counseling, employment assistance, quality child care, volunteer opportunities and more. The service, provided through a partnership between the Contra Costa Crisis Center, Eden I&R, and United Way is free, confidential and available 24 hours a day in 150 languages.
The San Mateo County Human Services Agency provides information online about a variety of social services available in San Mateo County, including housing-related resources.
Main Office:
264 Harbor Blvd., Building A
Belmont, CA 94002
Phone: (650) 802-5050
Fax: (650) 802-5049
  • The San Mateo County Department of Housing manages a variety of affordable housing programs and provides information and assistance to individuals and families seeking affordable housing throughout San Mateo County.
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.
  • Check out HEART's website for workshop dates.
Redwood City Office:
1615 Hudson St., Suite A
Redwood City, CA 94061


  • 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.

841 Kaynyne Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone (650)-366-6597
  • Rebuilding Together Peninsula provides free health and safety repairs to homes owned by seniors, low-income families, and families with disabled family members at no cost to service recipients. RTP's repair services may include basic plumbing and electrical, door and window repair, floor repair, debris removal, and more. Call or visit their website to apply for 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.