Housing Resources

Affordable Housing Program

HouseKeys is the Program Administrator for the City of Burlingame’s Affordable Housing Program.  If you're interested in affordable housing units in Burlingame, you may register your account at https://myhousekeys.com/.  Please visit www.housekeys4.com for additional information.  

Should you have any questions, please contact HouseKeys at customerservice@housekeys.org and one of their team members will respond.

For affordable housing opportunities in the greater Bay Area, Doorway is a resource that lists a variety of housing units available: Doorway Housing Portal (ca.gov)

BMR Rental Program Orientation and FAQ Sessions

The first step in learning more about the City of Burlingame’s BMR Rental Program is to attend an online HouseKeys BMR Rental Program Orientation.  During the online Orientation, the HouseKeys team will help you navigate the process, understand affordable housing basics and identify rental opportunities that work for you and your family.  HouseKeys online BMR Rental Program Orientation dates are posted on the city dedicated website at www.housekeys4.com for your convenience.  All applicants, co-applicants, partners, married and domestic partnerships are required to attend an Orientation before participating in a City of Burlingame BMR Rental Program Opportunity Drawing.
For more information about registering for an online HouseKeys BMR Rental Program Orientation please visit www.housekeys4.com or submit your questions to programs@housekeys.org.

Additionally, HouseKeys offers weekly Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) Sessions on scheduled Fridays and Saturdays.  You may register for these sessions here

Note: FAQ Sessions will not count as attendance to the City of Burlingame’s Rental Program Orientation.

Burlingame residents and businesses are concerned about their family members, co-workers and fellow residents who can no longer afford to live in the community.  People are also concerned about local businesses, schools and service providers that are struggling to hire and retain people.

For many years, Burlingame benefited from a range of housing options. For the past several decades approximately half of the housing in Burlingame has been rental and half ownership, accommodating a diverse and complementary range of households and incomes. However, like the rest of San Mateo County, in recent years Burlingame rents and home prices have increased significantly as the demand for housing created by robust job growth in the region has exceeded the amount of housing available. The imbalance has driven up the cost of housing for homebuyers and renters alike, has produced congestion and long commutes for workers, and has compelled friends and family members to move away because they can no longer afford to live here.

As we face this difficult situation that impacts our entire region as well as our city, we also know that our community has innovators and problem solvers. Together, we can make meaningful progress. The resources on this page have been assembled to help identify opportunities to address the housing challenge, ranging from near-term solutions such as homesharing, to longer-term initiatives such as development of new housing for a variety of household types and incomes.

What is "Burlingame Talks Together About Housing"?

What is affordable housing?

What is the Bay Area's affordable housing challenge?

What is being done locally to encourage more affordable housing options?

What are some County resources for those seeking housing assistance?

What other resources (e.g. home-sharing, down-payment assistance, Legal Aid) are available?

What changes were made to California Housing Law in 2017 that affect affordable housing production?

Does the City of Burlingame have a rent control ordinance?