Millennials are leaving these 10 big American cities in droves because of high home prices

High home prices are pushing three groups of people out of big, expensive cities: low-income workers, people in rural-based industries, and millennials. Trulia data scientist Mark Uh examined how the affordability crisis is pricing out various income groups. Using data from the 2014 five-year US Census American Community Survey, Uh looked into migration patterns away from the biggest — [...]

May 10th, 2016|MEHC Says|

Marin Voice: Jobs are the reason for traffic congestion, not housing

By Cesar Lagleva Marin IJ - POSTED: 05/02/16, 11:57 AM PDT Inching along on Highways 101 or 580, or Sir Francis Drake Boulevard instead of working or relaxing at home, is incredibly frustrating. Idling engines belch pollutants and greenhouse gases. Would adding housing options in Marin generate more traffic? Does affordable housing benefit local workers? [...]

May 10th, 2016|MEHC Says|

FOCUS: Service workers

We can't really live without them The majority of Marin's workforce doesn't live here. It costs too much. What do Marin workers do? How much do they earn? Service businesses are the main industries and the fastest-growing segment of Marin’s economy-- guest and food services, retail, education, health care, social assistance, and others. The average salaries in [...]

April 27th, 2016|Featured, MEHC Says|

Wages earned in Marin go bye-bye

Lack of Workforce housing costs … real money 68,000 of Marin’s workforce go home to other counties. So do their paychecks. More than half of Marin’s workers make less than $40,000 per year; they can’t afford to live here. They earn their money in Marin, but they spend it where they live--somewhere else. A 2011 [...]

April 19th, 2016|MEHC Says|

FOCUS: Where does Marin’s workforce live?

Housing doesn’t generate traffic, jobs do Almost 5,000 people commute from Solano County into Marin for work. Over 15,000 come from Sonoma County, and 2,300 from Sacramento. In 2014 there were around 110,000 jobs in Marin. Almost 2/3 of this workforce – 68,000 people – commuted here from other counties*. Roughly 35,000 in-commuters travel at least 50 [...]

April 12th, 2016|Featured, MEHC Says|

FOCUS:  Senior Housing

Marin isn't ready to grow old We are completely unprepared to meet the housing needs of the fastest growing group in our community –- seniors. Today, only two affordable senior housing projects are in the planning stage:Peace Village in Fairfax andWhistlestop in San Rafael. Even if both are completed as currently proposed within the next 2-5 years, we would [...]

April 7th, 2016|Featured, MEHC Says|

FOCUS: Workforce Housing

The lack of it hurts everyone Most people who work in Marin don’t live here. This trend has been going on since the early 2000s and it’s getting worse. In 2003 there were approximately 102,000 jobs in Marin. Over 56,000 of those jobs -- 55% -- were held by workers who commuted from other counties. [...]

March 31st, 2016|MEHC Says|

Housing in Marin: Justice or Just Us?

Marin County is in a housing crisis. Almost 27,000 lower income Marin households spend more than 30% of their income on housing, including over 2,000 seniors who live below the poverty line. Every day, almost 68,000 people commute from other counties to work here. More than 2/3rds of these workers earn less than $61,000 per year, far below the [...]

March 22nd, 2016|MEHC Says|

Marin City housing plan is a high priority

By Kiki La Porta Wednesday, February 3, 2016 A recent Marin Voice column argues that the Marin Housing Authority should place a higher priority on repairing deteriorating conditions at Golden Gate Village in Marin City, rather than rebuilding to modern code and materials. The Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative says there is more to the story, [...]

February 5th, 2016|MEHC Says|


Hello Everyone, It’s Official! Come celebrate with us!  Congressman Jared Huffman and Supervisor Steve Kinsey will be in town this Friday, February 5th for a press conference & reception to celebrate the official signing of the legislation that directs that the Pt. Reyes Coast Guard site be used for affordable homes. We hope you will join us for a reception at [...]

February 2nd, 2016|MEHC Says|