At 9 a.m., the Board will conduct an informational workshop to review the results of the 2015 Rental Housing Survey and consider policy options to preserve 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. County staff recommends evaluating a comprehensive set of policy options that together with the measures already being implemented would help prevent displacement and preserve housing affordability.
The Board conducted the workshop and heard the presentation from the Community Development Agency staff. Several dozen residents spoke, and the Supervisors agreed that more discussion on the matter needed to be scheduled.
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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