Affordable Housing

Community Development Agency

Edgewater Place










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 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.


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.