Affordable housing, why bother?

Why Bother, Indeed. Today, Marin is in a severe housing crisis. Fully 96% of our housing is market-rate; this means that households with only moderate income can afford to live in only 4% of our housing units, and only 3% of our homes and apartments are within the affordability reach of lower income folks. In the past 12 months, the median price [...]

October 8th, 2016|MEHC Says|

Marin Voice: Marin supports more affordable housing

POSTED: Marin IJ 07/13/15, 2:29 PM PDT|UPDATED: 1 DAY AGO  64 COMMENTS Last fall, Marin’s 12 jurisdictions faced a monumental political challenge: to build, before May, the framework for a more vibrant and inclusive Marin. As spring turns to summer, we can look back on the 12 housing elements that our communities passed, and the 12 [...]

July 15th, 2016|MEHC Says|

Fair Housing gets lift from Washington — Marin IJ Readers’ Forum

Marin IJ Readers' Forum It’s been a good month for fair housing. The Supreme Court decision three weeks ago on disparate impact upheld the 2013 Housing and Urban Development department rule clarifying the use of disparate impact analysis, affirming that even unintentional discriminatory policies are against the law. Last week, the administration released a new [...]

July 15th, 2016|MEHC Says|

Marin Voice: Plan Bay Area follows Marin’s land-use model

By Kiki La Porta, David Kunhardt and Cesar Lagleva Marin IJ Voice - POSTED: 06/06/15, 12:52 PM PDT Marin likes to lead in sustainability. Four decades ago, we were first in the nation to set urban growth boundaries. Marin’s 1972 Countywide Plan downzoned all of West Marin to protect open space and agriculture. Key to [...]

June 9th, 2016|MEHC Says|

Marin Voice: A case for affordable housing in Marin

By Shiraz Kaderali Posted: 05/17/15, 10:41 AM PDT | In a recent Marin Voice column, Justin Kai and Lisa Culbertson Simmons decry the push for workforce housing, stating that it “simply does not exist.” It does. While affordable housing is not restricted to applicants in the workforce and a few units are expressly restricted to [...]

June 6th, 2016|MEHC Says|

FOCUS: Elections matter!

10 reasons to VOTE for a County Supervisor who supports environmentally friendly affordable housing... Almost 27,000lower-income Marin households spend more than 30% of their income on housing. The single largest source ofgreenhouse gas emissions is transportation. Our lack of affordable housing is a major factor. 68,000 people commute from other counties to work lower-wage jobs in Marin because they can't afford to [...]

June 1st, 2016|Featured, MEHC Says|

FOCUS: Economic Impacts

The lack of affordable housing costs everyone The majority of Marin's workforce commutes from other counties to work in lower-wage service jobs...which are the fastest-growing sector of Marin's labor market.  Why do 68,000 people endure the cost, time, and stress of long commutes? Most cannot afford to live close to where they work. Maybe you think that it [...]

May 25th, 2016|Featured, MEHC Says|

FOCUS: The Traffic Situation

Is housing a problem? Or a solution? jobs not housing cause traffic Does your candidate think that housing is part of the traffic problem, or part of the solution? Traffic is getting worse and worse. What are the candidates for the Marin Board of Supervisors going to do about it? 62% of the people who [...]

May 21st, 2016|Featured, MEHC Says|

Marin Voice: Marin must question candidates on housing

By Larry Kennings Marin IJ - Posted: 05/14/16 Despite the histrionics of the presidential campaigns, it is critical that Marin voters focus on our state, county and local elections this primary season. In addition to any other issues important to you, the Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative urges you to consider local candidates’ positions on housing [...]

May 19th, 2016|MEHC Says|

FOCUS:  Exclusion by policy

What's the justice issue in housing? When you vote on June 7 or by mail for the Board of Supervisors, think about this: does the candidate stand for JUSTICE or "just us"? The candidate’s position on housing will tell you a lot. WHAT'S THE JUSTICE ISSUE IN HOUSING? The majority of people who work in [...]

May 12th, 2016|Featured, MEHC Says|