Homeowners in:

Redwood City
East Palo Alto
Unincorporated County


Bright in Your Own Backyard San Mateo County is a One Stop Shop for homeowners who are motivated to add second units to their homes. Bright in Your Own Backyard San Mateo County offers services in the pilot communities of Pacifica, East Palo Alto, Redwood City and unincorporated San Mateo County.  

Hello Housing is providing up to 100 hours of free feasibility and project management support to participating homeowners who want to add a second unit to their property.

"We had no idea where to start but thanks to Hello Housing we had a roadmap and a great partner through every turn!" -Homeowners Mike and Marilyn

Here are the basics:

  • Your home must be located in a pilot community (see above).

  • You must own and live in your home.

  • You must have access to financial resources to design and build your unit.

  • You must live in one of the units when you complete construction.

  • You must agree to rent the other unit for at least three years.

  • You must enter into a written lease with your tenant(s), who may be friends or family.

  • The rent for your newly constructed unit is subject to reasonable rent caps.

  • You must take a landlord training course prior to leasing your unit.

For more detail on eligibility and rental requirements, please be sure to read through The Fine Print.


Small ADU
Small ADU

Compact Kitchen
Compact Kitchen

Rental Addition
Rental Addition

Small ADU
Small ADU


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Bright in Your Own Backyard is an innovative collaboration between nonprofit Hello Housing, philanthropy, major employers, local government, and homeowners like you. It is a natural next step for San Mateo County and Home for All which have been promoting ADUs through convenings, trainings, fairs and a variety of resources available on their award-winning website, the Second Unit Resources Center.