No earlier than 2:30 p.m, the Board will continue its series of informational workshops to consider policy options for preservation of housing affordability in Marin County. As local housing costs have increased steadily, the sources of funding to support the preservation and creation of affordable housing opportunities have been shrinking. The trends are reflected by low vacancy rates, the pressures of increasing demand, and a widening gap between housing affordability and the cost of purchasing and renting a home. Many lower and moderate income residents, including seniors and families, are struggling with the high cost of housing. In addition, Marin’s workforce is facing longer commutes with fewer of those employed by local businesses living in the county. Community Development Agency staff recommends that the Board evaluate a comprehensive set of policy options that, with the measures already being implemented, would help prevent displacement and preserve housing affordability. Several dozen residents spoke at the first meeting in this series on October 13, and staff recommends scheduling another workshop for 5 p.m. December 15.
The Board heard a staff presentation from the Community Development Agency and listened to public testimony. The Board took no action on the matter but scheduled the next workshop for 5 p.m. December 15.
Need more info? See the staff report and the PowerPoint presentation about the 2015 Rental Housing Survey.
Contact: Leelee Thomas, Principal Planner, Community Development Agency
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