For Immediate ReleaseSeptember 29, 2016
Hundreds eligible to use federal vouchers, but more homes are needed
San Rafael, CA – Landlords in Marin County are eligible for new financial incentives through a partnership designed to help families and individuals find affordable homes in one of the nation’s most expensive housing markets. Details will be outlined October 5 at an informational event.
The County of Marin is collaborating with the Marin Housing Authority in an innovative and user-friendly Landlord Partnership Program that expands the viability of the federal Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. The October 5 event, sponsored by the Marin Housing Authority, will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center, 200 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael.
The average two-bedroom apartment rent is more than $2,500 per month. In 2015 more than 2,000 families and individuals used federally funded Section 8 vouchers to rent homes throughout Marin, bringing in more than $29 million in rent payments to the local economy.
However, hundreds more families and individuals, including many military veterans, struggled to find opportunities to use their vouchers in Marin’s dynamic and competitive rental market, contributing to the broader housing crisis. Policy options were presented by staff from the Marin County Community Development Agency (CDA) in four public workshops between October 2015 and February 2016, leading to the Board of Supervisors’ approval of the new partnership and program in July.
Landlord benefits of the program include:
“The incentives offered by this new program create a win-win situation benefiting landlords financially while leading to more homes being made available for the Marin workforce and special-needs populations,” said CDA Director Brian Crawford.
The County is spending about $404,000 on the two-year pilot program during the 2016-18 fiscal years.
Find more information at www.marinhousing.org.
Leelee ThomasDeputy Director, Housing and Federal Grants DivisionCommunity Development Agency
3501 Civic Center DriveSuite 308San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-6697Email: Leelee ThomasAffordable Housing webpage