Department of Housing (7900D)


The Mission of the Department of Housing is to be a catalyst for increasing the supply of affordable housing and creating opportunities for people of all income levels and abilities to prosper in livable, collaborative communities.

   FY 2017-18 Highlights

  • Successfully challenged HUD’s Fair Market Rent calculations which resulted in increased funding for the Housing Choice Voucher program. 
  • Maintained an improved voucher utilization rate (now 96%) by using landlord incentives and project based units.
  • Took steps to increase the percentage of Project Based Vouchers from 30% to 35% to assist in the financing of new affordable units and the preservation of some existing units.
  • Committed $19.88 million in funding (primarily Measure K) via AHF 6.0 to 12 new construction projects with 1054 units and 2 rehabilitation projects with 139 units.
  • Utilized Measure K funding to support a variety of housing support services in partnership with community based organizations like HIP Housing, Project Sentinel and ABODE Services.
  • Conducted an RFP and selected MidPen Housing to partner on the redevelopment of Midway Village in Daly City.
  • Provided staff support to further “Home for All San Mateo County” particularly in the efforts around second unit (ADU) development.

   FY 2018-19 Priorities

  • Complete planning and financing steps for Phase 1 of the redevelopment of Midway Village in Daly City.
  • Conclude the current RFP process for the County- owned Middlefield Road site and select the developer for Phase 1.
  • Manage and closely monitor the variety of projects in our “affordable housing pipeline” to leverage the greatest number of units.
  • Provide continued support to “Home for All San Mateo County."
  • Continue collaboration with other county departments on affordable housing efforts to serve County clients and end homelessness.
  • Complete a DOH five year strategic plan.

Department Headline Measures

Percent of Community Development Block Grant Funds Expended within Federal Timelines Remains at Target

Meet or exceed national best-practice standard and HUD expenditure deadlines for timely utilization of federal funds on community-serving programs and projects, by maintaining unspent funds below the 50% maximum of prior year's entitlement grants.

Percent of Voucher Subsidies Utilized Above Target

Percentage of number of households served against total number of vouchers allowed. Meet or exceed national Moving to Work (MTW) Agencies' best-practice standard by using 90% or more of available vouchers or available funds.

Budget Summary

FY 2017-18

  • Total Sources: $131,306,616
  • Total Requirements: $131,606,616
  • Net County Cost: $300,000
  • Funded Positions: 63

FY 2018-19

  • Total Sources: $150,489,500
  • Total Requirements: $150,789,500
  • Net County Costs: $300,000
  • Funded Positions: 63

Program Results

Leveraged Ratio of Affordable Housing Investment for Each Dollar of Local Funding Invested Above Target

Number of Households Benefiting Directly from County-Administered Loans and Grants for Home Purchase, Repair, or Rehabilitation Within Target

Number of Individuals and Families Assisted through Provider-Based Assistance (PBA) Program Above Target

Number of Families Exiting Housing Subsidy Programs as a Result of Self-Sufficiency Above Target

Administrative Measures

Percent of Performance Goals Met

Percent of Customer Survey Respondents Rating Services Good or Better

Cost Per Household Served

Percent of Employees Rating Experience Working for the County as Very Good

Percent of Employee Evaluations Completed Annually

Percent of Employees Meeting the 20 Hour Annual Training Requirement

Links to Program Reports

Author: Ken Cole, Director     Contact Email:     Last Update: 01-25-2019