Measure W Fund for Community Housing - Fund Expenditure and Working Group Information

Community Development Agency
 

Measure W Fund for Community Housing 

Measure W Tax Area

On November 6, 2018, the voters of West Marin passed Measure W to establish the West Marin Transient Occupancy Tax area. In recognition of the impacts of visitors to the area, the increase in the transient occupancy tax approved by the measure will provide increased funding for enhanced fire/emergency services and long-term community housing. The CDA will administer the Measure W Community Housing Fund. The measure allows for an ad-hoc working group to help inform CDA’s recommendations to the Marin County Board of Supervisors. The Working Group will be comprised of between five (5) and nine (9) members as selected by the CDA Director. Oversight for the Measure W Community Housing Fund is provided by the Measure W West Marin TOT Oversight Committee.

If you have any questions, please email the Housing and Federal Grants Division or call (415) 473-6697.

 

Updates and Announcements

Applications for Measure W Working Group and Oversight Committee:

Now accepting applications for membership on the Working Group and Oversight Committee. Please select the first tab below for details. Apply before 4:00 PM on Friday, October 7, 2022.

Applications for Project Funding:

Applications for funding are accepted on a rolling basis. You can find the application form in the Project Funding Application tab below.

 

Working Group and Oversight Committee Application

The County of Marin seeks applications for two groups: 1) the Measure W Working Group on Community Housing (“Working Group”), and 2) the Measure W Oversight Committee (“Oversight Committee”). Applications will be accepted through 4:00 PM on Friday, October 7, 2022. 

Apply Now to Be a Working Group or Oversight Committee Member

Working Group Members can live and/or work in the Measure W tax area. Oversight Committee Members must live in the Measure W tax area. Selected members will serve through Fall 2024.

Please refer to the 2022-23 Recruitment Announcement (English, Spanish) for more detailed information about the Working Group and Oversight Committee and their requirements.

If you have any questions, please email the Housing and Federal Grants Division or call (415) 473-6279.

Project Funding Application

Funding Applications for Measure W Community Housing Fund

Applications for funding opened on January 6, 2020 and the application period is ongoing.

Nonprofits serving West Marin are highly encouraged to apply as projects move forward, as there is no application deadline. When evaluating applications, staff consider the identified priorities along with project feasibility, distribution of funds across the Measure W Tax Area, and overall impact on local community housing. 

The priorities for 2022 identified by the Measure W Working Group on Community Housing and approved by the Board of Supervisors include:

  • Housing needs study – A study of the Measure W Tax Area establishing a baseline understanding of housing market conditions, needs, and barriers.
  • Housing production – Funding to support the acquisition, development, and preservation of housing for the West Marin population and workforce, including permanent rental/ homeownership housing as well as transitional/temporary rental housing.
  • Housing predevelopment – Funding to support housing projects and determine feasibility, including activities such as legal and land use evaluation, engineering, and site design.
  • Direct housing assistance – Funding to help stabilize West Marin families and individuals at risk of losing current housing and in need of support to acquire new housing, including rental and down payment assistance.

More information about the priorities, funding allocations, and application process can be found in the Application Guidelines provided below.


Application Materials

Applications will be accepted on an on-going basis.

Application Guidelines

Fillable PDF Application Form

Housing Acquisition and Construction Project Budget

Housing Study and Rent & Security Deposit Assistance Project Budget

Applications may be submitted via email, mail, or in person to one of the addressed below.

Email applications may be sent to Housing and Federal Grants Division.

Mailing Address/Physical Address (if dropping off application):

County of Marin
3501 Civic Center Drive, Suite 308
San Rafael, CA 94903
Attn: Housing & Federal Grants Division


Questions may be submitted to the Housing and Federal Grants Division.

Measure W Documents

Measure W Working Group Members

Measure W Working Group

The Marin County Community Development Agency (CDA) Director, Brian Crawford, appointed nine (9) community members that live or work in West Marin to participate on the Measure W Working Group on Fund Expenditures for Community Housing (Working Group) in July 2019. The purpose of the Working Group is to identify housing needs in West Marin, such as rental support, new construction, and housing for persons with disabilities which will receive Measure W funds. The Board of Supervisors and County staff will consider the group recommendations when awarding funds to specific projects using Measure W proceeds.

Current Members

Arianne Dar

Ashley Harriman

David Sherwood

Elizabeth Hollis

Owen Clapp

Scott Hochstrasser

Stacey Laumann

Tamara Hicks

Yareli Cervantes

Working Group Meetings