Assessment of Fair Housing

Community Development Agency
Assessment of Fair Housing topics

Federal grants, including Community Block Grants (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds, provide funding to support affordable housing programs and services for our nonprofits and most vulnerable residents.

As the lead grant recipient, the County is required to affirmatively further fair housing, which means taking meaningful actions that combat discrimination, overcome patterns of segregation, and foster inclusive communities free from barriers that restrict access to opportunities for protected classes. Cities and towns that benefit from federal grants are expected to contribute to these efforts.

As part of the County’s responsibility to comply with fair housing laws, it is required to prepare an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH), which will identify and evaluate barriers to fair housing choice and contributing factors that exist within the County.

On February 11, 2020, the Board of Supervisors approved the 2020 Marin County Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI), which identifies and develops appropriate actions to overcome the effects of the identified impediments. You may also read the HUD Rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing for additional information.


Assessment of Fair Housing Meetings

December 2018: Phase II Work Plan

In December of 2018, the Board of Supervisors approved a work plan for the second phase of the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) community engagement process.

Staff Report



June 2018: Phase I Update

In June of 2018, the Board of Supervisors conducted an informational workshop to discuss the County's Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) work plan to identify barriers to fair housing choice. The workshop outlined prioritized recommendations, including a request to the Board of Supervisors that it vote on a Just Cause for Eviction ordinance in 2018, and the development of a Housing Oversight Committee to affirmatively further fair housing and increase affordable housing in Marin.

Staff Report: English, Español, Tiếng Việt


July 2016: Work Plan

In July of 2016, the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) work plan was presented to the Board of Supervisors which identified key housing issues such as patterns of segregation, integration, analysis of publicly supported housing, disability and access analysis, areas of disproportionate housing needs, disparities in access to opportunities in education, employment, public transportation and environmentally healthy neighborhoods.

Staff Report


Additional Resources and Recommended Reading

  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, Richard Rothstein
  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Matthew Desmond
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, J. D. Vance
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, Bryan Stevenson