Community Engagement Pilot Program

Community Engagement Pilot Program


The Community Engagement Pilot Program is an initiative of Home for All designed to experiment with the most up-to-date forms of community engagement in select communities within San Mateo County.

The goal of the Community Engagement Pilot Program is to increase the overall amount of housing available by utilizing inclusive and innovative engagement and communications strategies to help the community better understand and support local solutions for housing-related issues. Cities, towns and unincorporated portions of the county selected to participate in the Program will work with Common Knowledge Plus consultants on a community engagement project of their choosing.

Within the broad goal of including as much of the community as possible in creating pathways towards their vision of a livable community, this Program has been designed as a collaborative learning exchange. The various community leaders making up the Home for All Work Groups desire to identify locally replicable engagement strategies that produce successful results. It is anticipated that pilot cities may implement multiple activities within their proposed project, some of which may be more successful than others. The close observation of which elements worked, and why, can help inform all cities and towns in San Mateo County and beyond.

Pilot Program & Learning Network
Pilot Program
The expected timeline of the Program will be September 2017 – September 2018. Communities selected as a pilot will receive:
» Customized community engagement support on a selected housing issue;
» Support for the consulting services provided by Common Knowledge Plus;
» Access to other Home for All areas/resources, e.g. funding and policy support; and
» Grants funds up to $30,000 to help cover essential expenses.
Learning Network
All cities and towns in San Mateo County are invited to participate in the Learning Network. The Network will feature updates on progress in pilot communities, sharing of information and case examples between participating members and topical information identified by members as being useful for achieving success with their housing goals.

Click here to download a copy of the Home for All SMC Community Engagement Pilot Program Application.

Information requests about the application process should be directed to the contact person listed below. Questions and answers will be posted to the Home for All Community Engagement Pilot Project webpage.

Requests for information regarding the nature, scope or suitability of a proposed project are welcome at any time and should also be directed to the contact person listed below.

Proposals are due no later than 5:00 PM (PT) on August 22, 2017. Please email your application to Tj Carter at or (650) 363-1931.