Affordable Housing

Community Development Agency
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Housing Meetings: A comprehensive set of policy options to address the County’s affordable housing needs was first presented to the Board of Supervisors 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.

The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to provide direction for the following outstanding work plan items at a regular meeting on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 5:30 PM:* (Staff Report English / Español / Tiếng ViệtReport on Work Plan Implementation StatusInforme sobre el Estado de la Implementación del Plan de Trabajo / Báo cáo về Tình hình Thực hiện Kế hoạch Làm việc; Landlord Partnership Program Draft Contract Amendment English; Administrative Record English; Presentation English

      • Voluntary rent guidelines
      • Ordinance to require Just Cause for evictions
      • Second unit amnesty
      • Re-evaluation of Housing Overlay Designation (HOD) Policy
      • Mandatory mediation

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)
    • Piper Court Apartments (February 9, 2016)

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. (Proposed for deletion; amendment to MHA contract required)

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. (Proposed for deletion)

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

F. Re-evaluate the Housing Overlay Designation (HOD) Policy. (Direction requested)


If you have questions regarding these meetings, please contact Debbi La Rue, Planner at dlarue@marincounty.org or 415-473-7309, or Leelee Thomas, Planning Manager at lthomas@marincounty.org.

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


About

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.

 

Affordable Housing Policies

Resources & Publications

  • Marin County Affordable Housing Inventory 2008 - provides a comprehensive picture of income-restricted housing in the 11 cities and towns and the unincorporated area of Marin. The inventory surveyed all affordable housing providers, which together supply 2616 units at nonprofit rental properties, 274 inclusionary rental units, 758 Below Market Rate ownership units, 573 units of public housing and 2269 Section 8 vouchers.

    The study compares the overall Marin housing market with affordable housing, including an overview of Marin's housing stock, household demographics, employment, income, and commute patterns. Data indicate that affordable housing plays a key role in providing homes for low income residents of Marin County.

  • Marin County 10-Year Homeless Plan - is a broad based, creative effort to do new thinking around homelessness and homeless prevention (2006)
  • Miles From Home - the Traffic and Climate Impacts of Marin's Unaffordable Housing (2011)
  • Driving Home Economic Recovery - How workforce housing boosts jobs and revenue in Marin (2011)

Marin County Housing Trust Fund

Marin County Housing Trust Fund

Community Development Block Grant

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is a federal program of grants to local governments, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 established CDBG as a replacement for a variety of federal urban renewal, housing, and neighborhood development programs. CDBG was the first of the federal block grant programs.