County of Marin - News Releases - Affordable Housing Funds

For Immediate Release
February 10, 2023

Money Available for Affordable Housing Development

March 17 deadline to apply for over $5M in funding; March 1 virtual meeting set

San Rafael, CA – More money is available for affordable housing developers to create new affordable homes in Marin County and preserve existing affordable units.

An exterior view of the Centertown affordable housing complex that is under construction in downtown San Rafael.Once completed, Centertown in downtown San Rafael will offer 60 affordable homes for families.

This year, the County of Marin is leveraging several local, state, and federal funding sources and issuing a single online application for affordable housing developers to bid for a portion of the $5 million available. The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) guidelines provide more details about the different types of funding and criteria for project eligibility. Streamlining the application and allocation process supports developers that face high housing production costs and helps address the chronic shortage of affordable homes in Marin.

The available funding includes roughly $2.3 million in County Affordable Housing Funds (including a one-for-one match from the State Permanent Local Housing Allocation), $2.4 million in new federal funds from the American Rescue Plan, and $600,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds specific to housing projects.

The funds can be used for acquisition, rehabilitation, and new construction projects, although eligibility differs among the funding sources.

To address questions from potential applicants, County staff will host a virtual workshop at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 1. Registration is open on the County’s Affordable Housing webpage. Around June, staff will present funding recommendations to the Board of Supervisors for final approval.

Marin has some of the highest home prices and development costs in the country. The median local price for a single-family detached home has hovered around $1.5 million in recent years, and typical rents range from $2,500 to $3,400. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been increased concern about homelessness in Marin and discussions about how to stabilize renters and expand housing choices.

Well before the public health emergency, the Marin County Board of Supervisors made the preservation of affordable housing and displacement prevention top priorities as more and more Marin residents expressed concern about being priced out of the county because of high rents and mortgages.

The County’s Housing & Federal Grants Division, housed within the Community Development Agency, seeks to preserve and expand the range and supply of adequate, accessible, and affordable housing through housing policies, regulations, and programs. The Board and CDA staff work in tandem to increase the local stock of affordable housing, thereby enhancing socioeconomic balance in local communities.

Learn more by exploring the Super-NOFA and funding application on the County’s Affordable Housing webpage. Questions may be directed to Housing staff by email or by phone at (415) 473-7309.


Molly Kron
Senior Planner
Community Development Agency

3501 Civic Center Drive
Suite 304
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-7549
Email: Molly Kron
Community Development Agency