Affordable housing resources

Please note that the following apartment complexes are not owned or operated by the City of Menlo Park. This information is provided on a referral basis only.

Local apartment complexes

Gateway Apartments, Willow Court and Willow Terrace
These three complexes provide affordably-priced rental units. The Mid-Peninsula Housing Coalition, a nonprofit affordable housing developer, operates all three complexes. For more information, call 650-323-5615.

Crane Place and Partridge Place
These two complexes provide affordable rental housing to seniors. Both complexes are operated by Peninsula Volunteers, a nonprofit organization. Call Crane Place at 650-325-2442 and Partridge Place at 650-324-3160.

Areawide programs and resources

Midpeninsula Citizens for Fair Housing
Discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, physical or mental disability, age, or sexual orientation in the sale or rental of any housing is illegal. Midpeninsula Citizens for Fair Housing handles housing discrimination complaints and works to secure equal access to housing for all people. For Menlo Park, Redwood City, Stanford, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Cupertino, call 650-327-1718.

Center for Independence of the Disabled, Inc.
Through the Housing Accessibility Modifications Program, grants are available for disabled and/or frail elderly persons to maximize self-sufficiency by eliminating architectural barriers in the home. CID serves San Mateo County and can be reached at 650-595-0783.

HIP Housing Home Sharing Program
HIP Housing provides home-sharing opportunities in San Mateo County by matching housing providers who have room to share with compatible singles, seniors, or single parents with children. A home-sharing participant has a private room and shares the kitchen and common living areas with the other resident(s) and/or housing provider(s). Other HIP Housing programs include Home Equity Conversion for Seniors, Self-Sufficiency, and Property Development. For more information, call 650-348-6660 or visit the HIP Housing website.

San Mateo County Home Ownership Program
This program offers home ownership assistance and first-time home buyer education. Call 650-802-5033 for information.

Valley Support Center of the Mid-Peninsula
Offers rent and deposit assistance, emergency shelter, and transitional housing. Call 650-322-1821.

Housing Authority of San Mateo County
The Housing Authority of San Mateo County provides rental housing assistance to very low-income households. The Section 8 rental assistance program assists households in obtaining decent, safe, and sanitary housing in private accommodations. Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development pay the difference between what a very low-income household can afford for rent and the approved rent for an adequate housing unit. The Housing Authority issues Housing Choice Vouchers to eligible Section 8 households who are then free to locate suitable rental units that meet their needs. The Housing Authority makes assistance payments to the private owners who lease their rental units to Section 8 assisted families. The tenant's portion of the rent is the highest of 30% of adjusted income, 10% of gross income, or the portion of welfare assistance designated to meet housing costs. For information about Section 8 assistance, call the Housing Authority of San Mateo County at 650-802-3300.

Palo Alto Housing Corporation
This is an independent, nonprofit public benefit corporation whose primary purpose is to acquire, develop, and operate low- and moderate-income housing in the City of Palo Alto. The PAHC also administers the City of Palo Alto's Below Market Rate Housing Program and provides a Housing Information and Referral Service. For more information and to see a complete online directory of Bay Area housing information, visit the Palo Alto Housing Corporation website or call 650-321-9709.