Regional Housing Needs Allocation
The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) sets affordable housing production goals for every Bay Area jurisdiction, including Marin County. These production goals, called the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA), are distributed into four (4) categories of affordability: homes that are affordable to households earning above-moderate-, moderate-, low-, and very-low incomes. The County must meet its RHNA production goals by the end of the current 8-year cycle, in 2023.
This graph below illustrates Marin County’s progress towards completion of this housing production goal and demonstrates the needed momentum of production to allow the County to reach the needed allocation by the end of the cycle in 2023.
As of the end of 2019 Marin has excelled in producing about 250% of needed above-moderate income housing (>120% of the Area Median Income (AMI)) and is maintaining the needed momentum to reach its production goal for low-income housing (30-50% AMI), currently at 78%. However, the County has more work to do to achieve its production goals for housing affordable to moderate-income (50-80% AMI) and especially very-low income (below 30% AMI) households. As of the end of 2019, Marin has achieved 46% of its moderate-income housing needs, and 34% of its very-low income housing needs.