Affordable Housing

Community Development Agency

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Housing Meetings: At a public hearing on August 1, 2017, the Board received a comprehensive progress report on the work plan to preserve housing affordability and prevent displacement. It recommended that staff add a twelfth policy option to the work plan—exploration of a Rental Housing Dispute Resolution program (i.e., “Mandatory Mediation”)—and requested that staff research methods to collect more accurate and precise data on trends in Marin’s rental housing market. The Board referred Rental Housing Dispute Resolution and a Residential Landlord and Tenant Relations (i.e., “Just Cause for evictions”) policy options back to the Board Ad-Hoc Housing Subcommittee (“Subcommittee”) to develop a recommendation to be presented to the full Board of Supervisors later in 2017.

In December 2017 (dates and times provided below), staff will present the Subcommittee's recommendation to the Board:

  • Rental Housing Dispute Resolution program. Formerly contemplated under the name "Mandatory Mediation," this ordinance could require landlords and/or tenants to participate in a mediation process in good faith; it would not require the parties to reach a binding resolution. The Subcommittee recommends that the Board adopt an ordinance to establish a program to mediate disputes for rent increases above 5% and service reductions. 
  • Residential Landlord and Tenant Relations ordinance. Such ordinances, typically referred to as "Just Cause for Eviction," identify acceptable reasons that a landlord may terminate a tenancy, or they may list specific unacceptable reasons for which a landlord could not terminate a tenancy. The Subcommittee recommends that the Board defer consideration of a Residential Landlord and Tenant Relations ordinance for twelve months.

The staff report is anticipated to be made available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese on the County of Marin Affordable Housing webpage in mid-November. 

The Board hearings will occur at the following times in the Chambers of the Marin County Board of Supervisors (Room 330, Administration Building), 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, California where anyone interested in the matter may appear and be heard. To request interpretation services, please contact Debbi La Rue at or 415.473.7309 by the Friday before the respective hearing. Speakers using interpretation services will be granted additional time to testify at the hearings.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 1:30 PM* (First Reading--Rental Housing Dispute Resolution program)

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 5:30 PM* (Merit Hearing--Rental Housing Dispute Resolution program)

If you have questions regarding these meetings, please contact Debbi La Rue, Planner at or 415.473.7309, or Leelee Thomas, Planning Manager at

*Please note that proposed meeting times are estimates only and may be subject to change.

A comprehensive set of policy options to address the County’s affordable housing needs was first presented to the Board of Supervisors (the "Board") through a series of three public workshops between October and December 2015. At the December workshop the Board of Supervisors directed staff to pursue eleven of those policy options. An eighteen-month, three-phase implementation timeline was confirmed by the Board of Supervisors at a subsequent hearing on February 9, 2016. Implementation status and staff reports or associated materials for each work plan program are provided below.

Workshop series: Preservation of housing affordability and displacement prevention.

Phase I: August - October 2016.

A. Acquire multi-family rental properties as affordable housing. (Complete, continuing)

    • Ocean Terrace Apartments (June 14, 2016): Staff Report (English)
    • Piper Court Apartments (February 9, 2016): Staff Report (English)

B. Development Code amendments for junior second units. (Complete)

Phase II: October 2016 - February 2017.

A. Landlord incentives program. (Complete, continuing)

B. Voluntary rent guidelines. (Deleted)

C. Ordinance to establish source of income protections. (Complete)

Phase III: February - August 2017.

A. Ordinance to require Just Cause for evictions. (Direction requested)

B. Development Code amendments for second unit regulations. (Complete)

C. Short-term rental regulations. (In progress)

D. Second unit amnesty. (Deleted)

E. Evaluate multi-family land use designation. (In progress)

F. Re-evaluate the Housing Overlay Designation (HOD) Policy. (In progress)


The mission of the Affordable Housing Program is to preserve and expand the range and supply of adequate, accessible, and affordable housing through housing policies, regulations and programs. While our Agency does not manage housing units or services directly, we have included a list of resources and links to local services and providers in the ‘where can I find affordable housing’ section of this website.

Where Can I Find Affordable Housing?

Are There Affordable Homes in Marin?

Yes there are. Affordable homes are found in nearly all neighborhoods and come in all sizes. Some examples may be seen in the slideshow.

What is Affordable Housing?

According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, housing costs should equal 30% of a household's gross income. For homeowners this includes principal, interest, taxes and insurance and for renters it includes rent and utilities.