Housing Resources (Including Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs))

As a legal jurisdiction in the State of California, the Town of Woodside is required to adopt and maintain a Housing Element as part of the General Plan. The Housing Element is a plan to meet the housing needs of all people within the community, regardless of age, disability status, or income level. Woodside's Housing Element was approved by the Town Council on May 25, 2010, and was adopted by the California Department of Housing and Community Development on March 11, 2010. The State of California certified the adopted Housing Element Update (2015-2023) on January 23, 2015, and was approved by the Town Council on March 10, 2015.

  • The Adopted Housing Element Update (2015-2023) (PDF): Certified by the State on January 23, 2015. Adopted by the Town Council on March 10, 2015 (Resolution Number 2015-7034).
  • 2020 ADU Ordinance Update (PDF): In 2019, the California Legislature passed several new bills - specifically Assembly Bill 68, Assembly Bill 881, and Senate Bill 13 - aimed at increasing the production of housing in the State by relaxing the regulation for ADUs. These bills, which went into effect January 1, 2020, require local agencies to permit up to one ADU and one Junior ADU per lot, subject to specific restrictions. One of the most significant provisions of these new State laws is the prohibition of regulations that would preclude an ADU of at least 800 square feet, which is 16 feet in height, and with 4-foot side and rear setbacks. The Woodside ADU Ordinance has been updated (Woodside Municipal Code Section 153.211) to comply with State law, and can be viewed at Municode.
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: The mission of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. The HUD website is a comprehensive resource for all available federal housing programs and policies. The link provided directs viewers to a summary of federal rights to fair housing, and viewers can access many other topics by navigating the site.
  • CA Department of Fair Employment and Housing: Know your rights as a landlord and tenant! The mission of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing is to protect the people of California from unlawful discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations, and from the perpetration of acts of hate violence.
  • San Mateo County Home Repair Program: The San Mateo County Department of Housing offers low-interest loans to rehabilitate homes for eligible homeowners. These loans cover moderate (less than $25,000) to substantial ($25,000 or more) rehabilitation to single family owner-occupied residences. Loans are available to low or very low-income homeowners, and owners of multi-unit rental properties that benefit low or very-low income families.
  • San Mateo County Home Sharing Program (PDF): The San Mateo County Department of Housing supports a Home Sharing Program in partnership with regional non-profit HIP Housing. Home Sharing is a living arrangement in which two or more unrelated people share a home or apartment, and allows interested participants a pre-screened process to find a safe group living environment. This program is available to all residents of San Mateo County.
  • HIP Housing's Home Sharing Program: The HIP Housing's Home Sharing Program matches those who have space in their home with those who need an affordable place to live, maximizing housing inventory and turning existing housing stock into a new affordable housing option. HIP Housing's Home Sharing program provides a housing option for over 700 people each year. Over 90% of those using the Home Sharing program are low to extremely low income. Due to the extraordinarily constrained environment for the development of new affordable housing that exists in San Mateo County, finding creative solutions such as Home Sharing is a critical component of a local municipality's efforts to provide housing for people at every income level.
  • San Mateo County Department of Housing: The San Mateo County Department of Housing has partnered with SMCHousingSearch.org which is a free resource to help you find a home in San Mateo County that fits your needs and budget.
  • San Mateo County First Time Homebuyer Program (PDF): The San Mateo County Department of Housing provides a special stock of housing units available to First Time Homebuyers. If you are interested in purchasing your first home, refer to the program and eligibility information matrix that department has developed.
  • San Mateo County Affordable Housing Services for Seniors (PDF): You may be eligible for affordable senior housing if you meet certain age, income and other requirements. Senior age-restricted affordable apartments are usually for those aged 55+ or 62+, can live independently, and are on a fixed income or have an annual income that is no more than 80% of Area Median Income (in 2012, about $62,200 for a 1-person household ). Further information is available at the provided link.
  • Center for Independence of Individuals with Disabilities (CID): The mission of the Center for Independence of Individuals with Disabilities (CID) is to provide support services, community awareness, and system change advocacy to promote full and equal community integration and participation for people with disabilities in San Mateo County. CID provides assistance in a number of areas such as independent living planning and skills; housing assistance modification; assistive technology; ADA consulting and training; information, referrals, and peer and client services.
  • California Finance Home Agency
  • State of California Property Tax Postponement Program
  • California Mortgage Relief Program
  • Reverse Mortgage for Seniors

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