Housing and Community Resources

The Town of Colma Planning Department can assist citizens with general inquiries about housing resources.  Due to Colma’s small size, the Town does not have a housing division.  Housing resources are provided by other agencies in San Mateo County and are summarized below, with links to respective websites.  If you do not find an answer to your question, please contact the Planning Department at (650) 757-8888.

In addition, a variety of public services are available to those needing general assistance.  A list of these services can also be found below.

Affordable Housing

Interested in affordable housing?

 The Town of Colma owns one affordable housing unit and a small senior housing apartment complex called Creekside Villas.  Vacancies in these facilities are rare, and are managed for the Town by a property management consultant, Hildebrand Properties.  They can be reached at (650) 755-0610. Other resources are as follows:

  •  San Mateo County Department of Housing. If you feel that you may be eligible for affordable housing, you can review the Affordable Housing Information page of the  County of San Mateo Department of Housing website: Affordable Housing Information
  • To check your eligibility, you can click here to review the Income and Rent Limit chart

  • To review a list of affordable rental housing developments click here.
  • Homesharing, Self-Sufficiency, Affordable Housing – HIP Housing. The Town of Colma supports the Housing Investment Project (HIP) and their homesharing program. HIP matches individuals with a housing need with those that have space available.  Visit their website for innovative housing solutions! 

First Time Homebuyer Assistance

The Town does not have a down payment or financing assistance program to help first time homebuyers purchase a home.  However, there are a wide range of local, County, State and other programs presently available to interested first time homebuyers in San Mateo County. Because each of the agencies or programs listed below will have different eligibility requirements, it is advisable to call or check out the websites of each provider.

  • The Housing Endowment and Regional Trust (HEART). HEART offers down-payment loan assistance loans for first-time buyers and periodic first time homebuyer workshops. Click here for more information.
  • Mortgage Credit Certificate Program. The Mortgage Credit Certificate Program is a means of providing financial assistance to first-time homebuyers. It allows homebuyers to take fifteen percent of annual mortgage interest payments as a tax credit against their federal personal income tax. This is in addition to the regular itemized deductions for the remaining 85% of the home mortgage interest payments. This program is available on a limited basis through the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA). For more information, please contact the San Mateo County Department of Housing at 650-802-5032. 

 Landlord Tenant Information

The County of San Mateo Department of Housing provides information regarding the responsibilities of tenants and landlords.

  • San Mateo County Department of Housing. If you are a landlord or a tenant, the County of San Mateo Department of Housing can assist you with information. You can also find information on their website by clicking here.

 Homeless Assistance

The Town of Colma supports InnVision Shelter Network for resources to homeless individuals and families or those at risk of becoming homeless.

  • InnVision Shelter Network (IVSN). Inn Vision Shelter Network (IVSN). IVSN is dedicated to helping homeless families and individuals across Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula return to permanent housing and self-sufficiency. IVSN is the leading provider of shelter/housing and supportive services across Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula. IVSN operates 17 sites from San Jose to Daly City, providing interim and stabilization shelter, permanent supportive housing, outreach, rapid re-housing, and homelessness prevention services. For assistance to individuals in San Mateo County, click here to visit the IVSN website.

 Housing Rehabilitation Programs

Lower income Colma residents have access to some nonprofits that offer free home improvements. These nonprofits help ensure the habitability of the Colma housing stock and prevent households from having to move unnecessarily because they cannot afford to pay for minor repairs.

  • Rebuilding Together is a volunteer-driven nonprofit housing rehabilitation services provider. Rebuilding Together has two programs that can assist homeowners. Both programs require consideration of a homeowner application that can be accessed below.  The two homeowner programs include:

The “Safe at Home” program is for minor repairs, and applications are accepted year round.

 “National Rebuilding Day” is for homeowners who need major repairs to their home. The application is available to eligible low income homeowners and community facilities (e.g. child care facilities, social service centers) each summer and the application deadline is in October. Rebuilding Together evaluates the applications and chooses the ones with the greatest needs. Construction takes place on National Rebuilding Day each April.

  • North Peninsula Neighborhood Services (NPNS) and Center for the Independence of the Disabled (CID) provide year-round home improvement assistance. However, NPNS covers general home repairs such as replacement or repair of doors, windows, plumbing fixtures, walls and ceilings, while CID only assists households with an elderly or disabled member needing home accessibility modifications such as grab bars, handrails and ramps.

Call 650-583-3373 for more information on NPNS’s Colma House Helper’s Program or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Center for the Independence of the Disabled

Call (650) 645-1780  for more information on CID’s Housing Accessibility Modifications Program

 Public Services

There are numerous organizations that provide public services to individuals needing assistance in San Mateo County. The following is a list of these organizations:

  • San Mateo County 211 can help you find food, housing, health care, senior services, child care, legal aid and much more. You can also visit their website by clicking the link above.
  • The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County provides free civil legal services to low-income San Mateo County residents. The work of the Society includes five broad areas: obtaining health care, preventing homelessness, accessing income support programs, fighting for freedom from domestic violence and bridging the education gap. For more information, click the link above.
  • Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County is committed to working with residents, families, facilities and stakeholders to create a community dedicated to protecting the rights of all residents living in long term care in San Mateo County. Click the link above to find a list of frequently asked questions about family care.
  • Mental Health Association of San Mateo County enriches quality of life, restores dignity, and reduces homelessness, particularly for those affected by mental illness and HIV/AIDS. MHA strengthens hope by providing shelter, support and opportunities for socialization. Click the link above for more information on their services.
  • Meals on Wheels is operated through Peninsula Volunteers. This program delivers hot, nutritious meals to housebound seniors and adults with disabilities. For more information or to sign up for this program, click the link above.
  • Project Sentinel provides a range of services which include Community Mediation; Fair Housing information and counseling; Home Buyer Education; Mortgage Counseling; and Tenant/Landlord Assistance. Click the link above to view Project Sentinel’s programs and services.
  • Filipino Bayanihan Community Center is located 6th and Mission Streets in Daly City. The Center includes a Veterans Equity Center office, community space, and technology center.  The center provides referrals for affordable housing and services available in San Mateo County and San Francisco. The Filipino American Development Foundation (FADF) also supports the Filipino Community Center in the Excelsior neighborhood which has programs targeting low-income Filipino youth and families in the neighborhood. Programs include employment development support, domestic violence, immigration and after-school programs. 
  • Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA) provides safety, support and healing for individuals who experience abuse in an intimate relationship, and educates the community to break the cycle of domestic violence. CORA services include a 24-hour hotline (1-800-300-1080), support groups, legal services, emergency and transitional housing, and more, in English and Spanish.
  • Service League of San Mateo County provides assistance to inmates, former inmates and their families who are rebuilding their lives. For more information, click the link above.