Current Progress


Cities and counties play an important role in the supply and affordability of housing. Under California law, every city and county must adopt a Housing Element as part of its General Plan that shows how the community will meet its current and projected housing needs at all income levels. This page shows the progress—through plans, projects, and policies— each jurisdiction is making toward these requirements.

"Ocean View provides much-needed housing for seniors in Pacifica, and we look forward to keeping it that was for the next 55 years."
Cynthia A. Parker
President and CEO of BRIDGE Housing
"If it weren't for Trestle Glen Apartments, I don't really know where I'd be living right now. I'm really thankful for this place."
Louis M.
San Mateo County
"We’d lived and worked here for over 20 years. This is our home. But with recent skyrocketing rents, we couldn’t have stayed if not for affordable housing"
Stephen P.
Half Moon Bay, CA
"When I was homeless I had no idea what would come next. Now that I have a new and affordable home, I want to share my experiences and strength with others. Now that I have this new opportunity, for which I am very grateful, it feels like I’ve been given a new lease on life."
Navy Veteran James M.
Menlo Park, CA
"There are so many people who need housing like this in the Bay Area,” she said. “I am one of the lucky ones."
Nancy M.
Half Moon Bay, CA
"Having a safe and wonderful place to live got us on our feet again and enables us to pursue our dreams."
Julie S.
South San Francisco, CA
"I have to say that with permanent, stable housing that I could afford, my life has truly transformed."
Vannessa K.
San Mateo, CA

The Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA) is the state-mandated process to identify the total housing units at each affordability level that each jurisdiction must accommodate in its Housing Element. The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) identifies the total housing need for the San Francisco Bay Area for an eight-year period (the current cycle is 2014 to 2022). Two regional agencies, the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) then assign portions of the need to each city and county in the region. Each local government must then revise its Housing Element to demonstrate how it will accommodate its assigned portion of the region’s housing need. This chart shows the RHNA requirements for San Mateo County jurisdictions during the current cycle, and RHNA requirements and progress made during the prior cycle (2007-2014).

ABAG tracks housing-related policies and programs used throughout the Bay Area to produce, preserve, or encourage market-rate or affordable housing. This chart summarizes the policies and programs in place in each jurisdiction in San Mateo County.


Local Housing Policy Status Matrix