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Rent help in San Mateo County.

Core Service Centers located throughout the county provide rent and housing assistance to San Mateo residents who are low income, unemployed, elderly, or families with children. While anyone can apply for rental assistance, those particular groups of applicants are most likely to receive help for paying any back rent.

However, the centers are not the only options for San Mateo County residents. There are a number of non-profits, charities, and government agencies that also administer low income housing and rent assistance programs. Learn about eviction prevention, section 8 housing, and programs that can help people who are behind on their rent or facing eviction. There are resources that tenants can use to get back on track.

San Mateo Individual Core Service Centers

The San Mateo Core Service Centers is a local partnership of seven non-profit agencies that provide low to moderate income residents with information on rent programs and referral to resources, emergency financial assistance, case management and other housing services. While people do need to apply for help and services provided are often on a case-by-case basis to qualified individuals, typical critical needs provided include the following.

A center may offer free food, rental and housing assistance, shelter referrals, no interest loans, and funds for paying security deposits. Some other resources available in San Mateo may include clothing, transportation, utility assistance, landlord/tenant information, eviction prevention and referral services, mediation assistance, and counseling and advocacy.

Daly City Community Service Center
Center address - 350-90th St, Daly City, California 94015
Call for rent help - 650-991-8007
Covers - Daly City, Broadmoor, Colma.

Coastside Opportunity Center
Address - 99 Avenue Alhambra, El Granada, California 94018
Phone number - 650-726-9071
San Mateo cities and residents who can get rent help from this center include San Gregorio, El Granada, Half Moon Bay, Montara, La Honda, Moss Beach, Pescadero.




Fair Oaks Community Center
Location address - 2600 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone number: 650-780-7500
Serves: Atherton, Redwood City, North Fair Oaks, Woodside, Portola Valley

El Concilio Emergency Services (East Palo Alto)
1798-B Bay Rd
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Cities served: Menlo Park, East Palo Alto
Phone - 650-330-7443. Call for various rental and low income housing programs.

Pacifica Resource Center
1809 Palmetto Ave, Pacifica, CA 94044
Call for rent assistance - 650-738-7470
This center helps people in Pacifica, north of Devils Slide California. Provides one time assistance for delinquent rent, security deposits, mortgage or grants for paying move-in costs through Season of Sharing. Some eligibility requirements are determined by a phone screening interview. Also access preliminary casework and counseling, and comprehensive information and referral to local agencies.

North Peninsula Neighborhood Service Center
Address of the center: 600 Linden Ave, South San Francisco, California 94080
Serves: South San Francisco, Brisbane, San Bruno
Dial - 650-588-8822





Samaritan House
Address - 401 North Humboldt St, San Mateo, California 94401
Dial - 650-347-3648
Serves: Hillsborough, San Mateo, Burlingame, Millbrae, Belmont, San Carlos, Foster City

San Mateo non-profit and charitable housing agencies with assist with rent

San Mateo County Human Services Agency, Office of Housing
This government program helps low, unemployed and moderate income residents pay their rent and/or find affordable low cost housing or apartments. Services offered include Housing Authority and Center on Homelessness.
262 Harbor Blvd, Bldg. A, San Mateo, California 94002
Dial for help - 650-802-5050

San Mateo County Aging and Adult Services
Address - 225-37th Ave, San Mateo, California 94403
Provides rental assistance and housing programs to help disabled seniors and/or younger adults live independently. The agency specializes in offering referrals to San Mateo county senior services and housing counseling agencies. The centers will focus on issues affecting the dependent adults, frail elderly, the disabled, and their families and individuals.

Salvation Army Social Services
Depending on circumstances, there are instances in which this church based group offers emergency financial aid for paying rent and housing related costs. There is also shelter for the homeless, funds for immigrants and Spanish speakers, and grants as a form of rental or utility arrears assistance. More on Salvation Army in San Mateo County.

Human Investment Project (HIP Housing)
The main program offered by this particular non-profit is known as Homesharing, and HIP Housing creates permanent low housing solutions and provides emergency rent help. This is provided in San Mateo County through services known as Self-Sufficiency and Home Equity Conversion Counseling Programs.
364 S. Railroad Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401
Phone number - 650-348-6660

St. Vincent De Paul Society San Mateo
San Mateo, California - 94401. Call (650) 343-4403
Specializing in emergency financial assistance and counseling. Access programs for free or gently used clothing, free furniture, rent, shelter assistance, personal hygiene items and other necessities. This, as well as loans for certain bills or rental expenses, is available to San Mateo County families and individuals.





Community Legal Services In East Palo Alto
Address is 2117-b University Avenue, East Palo Alto, CA, 94303
Provides help with stopping evictions in San Mateo. Other free legal aid can include resolving disputes on collecting security deposits from landlords, advice to tenants on missed rent payments, unsafe housing, and support in applying for section 8 or other housing programs. Continue with free legal assistance in California.

Lutheran Care For The Aging
Has very limited funds, or interest free loans, for senior citizens only, and the money can assist them with their rent payments.

San Mateo Innvision Shelter Network
1450 Chapin Avenue, 2nd Floor
Burlingame, CA, 94010
Main phone 650-933-8363
Housing assistance is available for veterans, and others in the county facing homelessness may also qualify for one time rental assistance from Housing First. A combination of government grants, referrals, and other funds can be used for deposits, utility costs, and other aid. Veterans and their families take priority.

San Bruno Senior Center
1555 Crystal Springs Road in San Bruno, California. Call 650-616-7150
The elderly, including disabled, can get referrals to emergency rental assistance or affordable housing. Also, get help in applying for government aid or loans.

Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance is the name of a service that includes everything from eviction help to rehousing the family. United States HUD grants are used by agencies in San Mateo County to help pay for rental arrears, motel voucher programs, legal support, and deposits as well. Of particular focus is on helping families with children (including single moms), veterans, and income stable tenants with their rent. Continue reading.

Puente De La Costa Sur
Main address is 620 North Street
Pescadero, CA, 94060
Telephone number to call is 650-879-1691
Housing counseling is available from the non-profit. Limited financial aid can assist with rent and they offer help, including counseling, for residents facing an eviction. Other aid includes food, applications for government grants, and more.

San Mateo County Department of Housing Authority
Belmont, California (650) 802-3300
Provides rental assistance to eligible lower income to moderate income families, including veterans.





Central Coast Energy Services
Telephone - 1-650-242-9474
The organization offers utility payment and weatherization/home repairs assistance.


By Jon McNamara

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