Fair Housing in California - June 2, 2019

Fair Housing in California - June 2, 2019

A discussion panel examining AB 686 and its effects on housing in California.

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Housing crisis: Solutions on the horizon? 

California’s New Fair Housing Law: What Does it Mean for Marin?

 New  law requires every California city and county to identify and address disparities in housing and access to opportunities. How much will these new laws and rules affect local control? Will it change our local zoning? What happens if the law isn't followed?

On Sunday, June 2, 2:30 PM a panel of distinguished experts will present information on the implementation of this new law and discuss potential implications for every jurisdiction in California and most importantly Marin's towns and cities.

Speaking will be Megan Kirkeby, Assistant Deputy Director for Fair Housing of the State Department of Housing and Community Development, Jessica Trounstine, Associate Professor at the University of California, Merced, and Alicia Klein, Associate Director of Housing Development at Resources for Community Development (RCD). Cesar Lagleva, United Marin Rising, will moderate the discussion and there will be time for interaction with the audience. 

Simultaneous translation into Spanish will be available. 

The event will be at the San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street from 2:30 to 5:00 pm. There is no charge for admission but registration is requested in order to plan. Light refreshments will be available.

Fair housing requirementshave been enforced under the federal Fair Housing Act (Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968).  In 2015, the federal government issued updated and stronger regulations for jurisdictions accessing certain federal funds, requiringrecipients to affirmatively further fair housing including an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) every five years. Although the Trump administration withdrew the AFH regulations, the California legislature passed AB 686 the 2015 federal AFH regulations into AB 686.

Much of AB 686 became effective on January 1, 2019. The rest will become effective as the next round of Housing Elements are prepared by the cities and counties in California. Never before has each jurisdiction in California, including the Public Housing Authorities, been subject to state requirements for affirmatively furthering fair housing. 

According to the new law,

“Affirmatively furthering fair housing” means taking meaningful actions, in addition to combating discrimination, that overcome patterns of segregation and foster inclusive communities free from barriers that restrict access to opportunity based on protected characteristics. Specifically, affirmatively furthering fair housing means taking meaningful actions that, taken together, address significant disparities in housing needs and in access to opportunity, replacing segregated living patterns with truly integrated and balanced living patterns, transforming racially and ethnically concentrated areas of poverty into areas of opportunity, and fostering and maintaining compliance with civil rights and fair housing laws. The duty to affirmatively further fair housing extends to all of a public agency’s activities and programs relating to housing and community development."

Supported by the Marin Community Foundation, Community Action Marin, the Marin Chapter of the ACLU of Northern California, and Marin Housing Solutions, admission to this event is free.

Register at Eventbrite under Fair Housing in California AB 686 Impacts of Cities & Counties (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fair-housing-in-california-ab-686-impacts-on-cities-counties-tickets-60673771885)

For further details, please contact Chandra Alexandre, CEO, Community Action Marin - Phone: 415-526-7500


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"Marin must make a serious commitment to building affordable housing.
In the face of the worsening housing crisis, our cities, towns and the county must intensify efforts to identify opportunity sites beyond the minimums required by our current Housing Element. They must aggressively pursue affordable housing developers with the same urgency they would apply to a public safety emergency. We must recognize that our situation and that of our workforce is just that: an emergency. Our current employment-housing imbalance is not sustainable over the long term."

~ Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative

Fair and affordable housing has been absent from Marin for decades. The lack of equitable housing has adverse impacts on the lives of those living in our community and beyond. 

Marin Housing Solutions, through our surveys and contact with the people, is developing practical, equitable, and effective solutions to the housing crisis in Marin. We can get there together.

Please take the survey that best fits your current living situation

Our first step is hearing from you…

The surveys below are designed to get a snapshot of your current housing situation and challenges you have or are now facing. Please complete the survey that bests describes your current housing situation.

  • If you live in Marin and own your residence, please take the Homeowner Survey.
  • If you live in Marin and rent your residence, please take the Renter Survey.
  • If you live in Marin but are without permanent shelter, please take the Homeless Survey.
  • If you DO NOT live in Marin, but work in Marin, please take the Commuter Survey.   




Por décadas, las viviendas justas y a precios accesibles han estado ausentes en Marin. La falta equitativa decanal 400 viviendas tiene impactos adversos en quienes viven en nuestra comunidad.
A través de nuestros cuestionarios y contacto directo con el público, en Marin Housing Solutions estamos desarrollando soluciones a la crisis de vivienda en Marin de forma práctica, equitativa y efectiva. Juntos lo podemos lograr.

Por favor conteste el cuestionario que mejor se ajuste a su situación de vivienda actual.

Nuestro primer paso es saber de usted…

Los siguientes cuestionarios están diseñados para darnos una idea de su actual situación de vivienda y los obstáculos que ha enfrentado o que ahora enfrenta. Por favor complete el cuestionario que mejor describa su situación de vivienda actual.

  • Si vive en Marin y es dueño de su vivienda, por favor llene el Cuestionario para Dueño de Vivienda
  • Si vive en Marin y paga renta por su vivienda, por favor llene el Cuestionario para Inquilino.
  • Si vive en Marin y no tiene una vivienda permanente, por favor llene el Cuestionario para Personas sin Vivienda.
  • Si NO vive en Marin, pero trabaja en Marin, por favor llene el Cuestionario para Trabajador Pendular.

  survey spanish home     survey spanish renter

  survey spanish commuter     survey spanish homeless 

Your participation in this survey is crucial to Marin Housing Solutions for the identification of the need for fair and affordable housing and development of new housing solutions in Marin County. It should only take 4 to 5 minutes to complete the survey and your participation is anonymous. You will not be asked for any personal information that could reveal your identity. Thank you for assisting us.

Marin Housing Solutions is an advocacy group focused on developing practical, equitable, and effective solutions to the housing crisis in Marin County. We are not affiliated with any government, law enforcement agency, or housing provider. To learn more about Marin Housing Solutions sign up for our newsletter.

Su participación en este cuestionario es crucial para Marin Housing Solutions, pues nos ayudará a identificar las necesidades de vivienda justa, a precios razonables, así como para impulsar el desarrollo de nuevas soluciones de vivienda en el Condado de Marin. Solo le tomara de 4 a 5 minutos completar el cuestionario y su participación es anónima. No pediremos ninguna información personal que pueda revelar su identidad. Gracias por ayudarnos.

Marin Housing Solutions es un grupo de abogacía, enfocado en desarrollar soluciones equitativas, prácticas y efectivas, a la crisis de vivienda en el Condado de Marin. No estamos afiliados con ningún gobierno, agencia de seguridad pública, o proveedor de viviendas. Para saber más acerca de Marin Housing Solutions, o registrarse para recibir nuestro boletín.