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City of Menlo Park’s Below-Market Rate Rental Program

Hello Housing is pleased to be administering the City of Menlo Park’s Below Market Rate (BMR) Housing Program. As part of our program management activities, Hello Housing manages the City’s BMR Rental Interest List.

Upcoming BMR Rental Opportunities

There are no BMR rental opportunities currently open in Menlo Park. You must be on the City’s BMR Rental Interest List to learn about future opportunities as they arise. Please see the information below to find out if you qualify for the BMR Program and how to apply for the Interest List.

BMR Rental Interest List

Hello Housing is maintaining an interest list of persons who are interested in renting a BMR apartment. To apply to be on the BMR interest list, first read the BMR Housing Program Introduction, and then complete the BMR Waiting List Application.

To be eligible for the BMR Interest List, you must currently live* or work in incorporated Menlo Park and qualify by income (please see the Program Income Limits chart).

*Please Note: While you must currently live or work in incorporated Menlo Park, you do not need to have lived or worked in Menlo Park for at least one year in order for your name to be placed on the interest list. However, you will have to meet the one year requirement at the time of applying for a rental opportunity. Please also note the information below on Displaced Households and Unhoused Persons who may qualify for an exception to the requirement to currently live or work in Menlo Park.

Please return your completed BMR Interest List Application to Hello Housing by mailing to:

Hello Stewardship – MP BMR Interest List
P.O. Box 423690
San Francisco, CA 94142

Applicants who have an email address are notified of their eligibility to be on the interest list by email. For those who do not provide an email address, notification will take place by mail. Please note that being placed on the interest list does not mean that you have applied for a specific home. If placed on the interest list, you will be informed about the application process when BMR rental opportunities arise that your household may qualify for.

Hello Housing follows up with interest list members annually to request updated household information in order to confirm eligibility to remain on the list.

Displaced Households
On June 19, 2018, the City of Menlo Park amended its Below Market Rate Housing Program Guidelines to allow for certain households who have been displaced from the City of Menlo Park to be exempt from the requirement to live or work in incorporated Menlo Park in order to be eligible for the BMR Purchase Waiting List and/or BMR Rental Interest List. In order to qualify as a Displaced Household, your household must meet all of the following criteria:

1. Your household resided in the incorporated limits of the City of Menlo Park in 2008 and was subsequently displaced from such housing.

2. Your displacement was due to economic conditions beyond your control (including but not limited to job loss, rent increase, eviction, foreclosure, or other form of economic hardship resulting in loss of housing).

3. You have filled out and signed the an Household Displacement Affidavit and attached evidence of displacement as listed in the Affidavit form.

4. You have submitted the completed Household Displacement Affidavit, evidence of displacement, and BMR Waiting List Application to Hello Housing for processing.

Unhoused Person(s)
On June 19, 2018, the City of Menlo Park amended its Below Market Rate Housing Program Guidelines to allow for unhoused persons to demonstrate local residency in order to meet the requirement to live or work in incorporated Menlo Park to be eligible for the BMR Purchase Waiting List and/or BMR Rental Interest List. In order to qualify as an Unhoused Person to meet the City’s the live/work requirement, your household must meet the following criteria:

1. Your last permanent residence was located in Menlo Park, OR

2. You currently reside in Menlo Park in a place or structure other than a bona fide dwelling unit (i.e. vehicle or tent), AND

3. You have submitted a completed BMR Waiting List Application to Hello Housing for processing, along with supporting documentation to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility guidelines for Unhoused Persons (examples of acceptable documentation are listed on the BMR Waiting List application).

BMR Rental Program Income Limits
(effective 2020)

Income Limits by Percentage of
Area Median Income (AMI)
50% (Very Low) 80% (Low)
1 $60,900 $97,600
2 $69,600 $111,550
3 $78,300 $125,500
4 $87,000 $139,400
5 $94,000 $150,600
6 $100,950 $161,750
7 $107,900 $172,900
8 $114,850 $184,050


Resources to help get you started

BMR Housing Program Guidelines

BMR Housing Program Introduction

BMR Waiting List Application

Household Displacement Affidavit

Información en español: Requisitos del Programa BMR

Other Resources for Affordable Rental Opportunities

The following affordable housing resources may have additional opportunities for affordable rental housing in Menlo Park and surrounding areas. Please direct inquiries directly to these agencies, using the contact information below.

MidPen Housing Corporation
MidPen is a non-profit affordable housing developer that has developed and currently manages 100 affordable rental properties throughout the Bay Area. Visit MidPen’s website to view a list of their properties and leasing statuses. You may also call (650) 356-2900.

Palo Alto Housing Corporation
Palo Alto Housing Corporation (PAHC) is a non-profit agency that builds, develops, acquires, and manages low- and moderate-income housing in Palo Alto and the Bay Area. Visit PAHC’s website to view a list of their properties with open waitlists. You may also call (650) 321-9709.

HIP Housing
HIP Housing is a non-profit organization that develops and manages affordable rental housing and administers a home sharing program throughout San Mateo County. Visit HIP Housing’s website to view a list of their properties and to apply for their Interest List. You may also call (650) 348-6660.

Housing Authority of San Mateo County
As of January 2017, the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo (HACSM) is accepting pre-applications for their Moving-To-Work program. This is a Section 8 voucher program that allows eligible families to rent housing in the private market by subsidizing a portion of each family’s monthly rent. For more information, visit HACSM’s website. You may also call (650) 802-3300.

Crane Place and Partridge-Kennedy Senior Apartments
Peninsula Volunteers, Inc., a nonprofit organization, operates two apartment complexes that provide affordable rental housing to seniors. For information about waiting lists and apartment availability, visit Peninsula Volunteers, Inc.’s website. You may also call Crane Place at (650) 325-244 and Partridge Place at (650) 324-3160.


Matt Franklin, President of MidPen and Hello Housing board president, believes everyone deserves quality, affordable housing.

Michelle is a proud new homeowner who purchased a Hello Housing NSP home in San Lorenzo.

Board Member Rick Jacobus is a national expert using data, not anecdote, to design more impactful affordable homeownership programs.

Mardie Oakes, President, blends finance, design and development to make places people thrive.

Jennifer Duffy, Vice President, turns opportunity into action with the Hello Housing team.

Apple lives in a new type of housing made possible by Senate Bill 962, sponsored by former Senate pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.

Larry shares a duplex with two housemates in an innovative residential program called the Family Teaching Model.

Tien is a proud new owner of an affordable home in Newark, as well a box full of tools to make home repairs easy.

Matt Warner, Program Director for Hello Stewardship, makes affordable homeownership happen.