The main goal of the Section 8 Housing Voucher Program of San Mateo, California, is to subsidize rent for low-income families so that housing permanently exists for all people. The program's intent is to pursue housing, community and economic development that improves the quality of life in San Mateo.
The Section 8 program is federally funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and locally administered by the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo. In San Mateo, all apartments and houses rented by participants are privately owned and managed. Low-income families can choose an apartment or house from the private market as long as the unit meets HUD requirements. The HACSM subsidizes the rental cost by applying a fixed formula, and the family pays the difference between the subsidy and the rental rate.