Resources & FAQ

Do you know HIP Housing has been serving the community since 1972. Over 42 years.

How much does a person need to make to afford a one-bedroom apartment in San Mateo County?

The County of San Mateo cites the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the County at $2,136 a month, putting it out of reach for most teachers, home health aides, bank tellers, and so many other hardworking people in this County.  Minimum wage earners would have to work over 200 hours per week to afford this rent!

What is the vacancy rate in the Silicon Valley?

According to the U.S. Census, the Silicon Valley has a vacancy rate of 2.7%, one of the lowest in the country. This is largely due to an issue of supply and demand. In a report released in 2014 by Joint Venture Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley approved 8,000 new apartment units last year. In the same year, 33,636 people moved into the region.

Who is eligible for affordable housing? How much does one need to make to qualify for subsidized housing?

Each affordable housing property has its own requirements for eligibility. Usually eligibility is determined by your household income and how many people are in your household. Some housing units are set aside for specific populations, such as seniors or people with disabilities. To determine whether or not you are eligible for housing in a development, and what the application process is, you will need to call the contact person (usually the property manager) to find out. To contact HIP Housing’s property management team, you may call (650) 348-6820.

All property managers and owners who use this site must abide by Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity regulations that prohibit discrimination based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family status, or disability.

How do I find out what affordable housing is available in San Mateo County?

If you have access to the Internet, you can view a listing of affordable housing developments through the Housing Leadership Council website. Go to and click on “Find Housing.” You can also pick up a paper version of this listing at the San Mateo County Department of Housing office in Belmont. Locate contact information for housing that you are interested in, and call to find out if you can join the waiting list.

How long is San Mateo Section 8 voucher waiting list?

Like many areas in California, San Mateo County does not have enough housing units to meet the housing need, especially for low-income families, and people with special needs. Therefore, affordable developments usually have many applicants for a limited number of units. Waiting lists can be as long as two years; sometimes, waiting lists are “closed” because there are already so many people in line. You should contact each housing project individually to find out whether or not there is a waiting list, and if they are accepting additional applications.

Unfortunately, San Mateo County’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is closed indefinitely. However, there may be other housing opportunities available. Please call the Housing Authority at (650) 802-3319 for the latest updates.

How do I get on the waitlist for HIP Housing’s properties?

Due to the high demand for affordable housing, our property waiting lists are usually full and/or closed. However, some properties may have exceptions. Feel free to contact our property management team for more details: (650) 348-6820.   For other affordable housing opportunities in San Mateo County, click on this link:

Is HIP Housing a government agency?

HIP Housing is a private nonprofit organization. We provide housing services to the community through funds that we raise from corporate and institutional partners, and individual donors. We also work closely with local municipalities and the county of San Mateo who refer countless people who are searching for affordable housing.