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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eyler wage study

 2018 Wages and Ethic Mix: Differences and Similarities - Most measures of housing need use Median Household income as the metric. I wanted to have information on how gravely that understated the real need for workforce housing. I asked for this report to look at differences in wages among ethnic groups. The "punchline" is on page 16. 

2009 Findings of HUD Audit - An audit conducted by HUD which found that the County of Marin was in violations of several statutes of the Fair Housing Act including not filing an Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice. Final Investigative Report HUD 2009.pdf

2010 Voluntary Compliance Agreement (VCA) - The negotiated agreement between the County of Marin and HUD to address the violations of the 2009 HUD Audit. Excerpt:  VCA - excerpt   Full:  Marin-VCA-Final-2010.pdf

2011 Analysis of Impediments (AI)  - The first Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice conducted in 14 years by the County of Marin as a condition required by the VCA.  It was undertaken by an independent agency, Fair Housing of Marin (now Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California). This is the full text, including the Executive Summary. Analysis_of_impediments_Full_Report.pdf

2011 AI RESUMEN EJECUTIVO - The Executive Summary of the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice translated into Spanish. AI RESMUMEN EJECTIVO .pdf

2011 Implementation Plan Adopted by the Board of Supervisors and Submitted to HUD - The set of commitments made by the County to address the impediments found in the AI. Implementation Plan (final version approved by Bos Oc 11 2011)

2016 Analysis of Fair Housing (AFH) work plan adopted by the Board of Supervisors - A program of specific steps covering over 18 months of activity coordinated by the Community Development Agency under a contract with Liz Darby. Fair Housing Work plan.pdf

Recent publication by the California Housing Partnership Corporation detailing the housing needs in California -  https://1p08d91kd0c03rlxhmhtydpr-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/CHPC-State-Housing-Need-Report-2018-Web.pdf

Land Prices, Policy and Connections - A study comparing land prices among Marin, Sonoma, Napa, San Mateo, and San Francisco Counties showing that Marin is much more like urban counties than suburban.  Land Pricing and Marin County Final.docx.pdf

Link to A HUD publication with guidance of how to conduct an Assessment of Fair Housing released in 2016 -

Recent study on the disparities within California and the Counties.  Marin is found to have the greatest disparities of any other County in California: http://www.racecounts.org/

Marin County Fair Housing Presentation - A powerpoint of a presentation by the County of Marin on Fair Housing Issues.  Fair Housing Presentation.pdf

https://housing.smcgov.org/assessment-fair-housing - A link to the recently completed AFH conducted by the County of San Mateo and accepted by HUD.

Further resources

Portrait of Marin - Documentation of Disparities in Marin. Portrait of Marin Report 2012.pdf

Portrait of Marin - In Spanish.  Spanish Portrait of Marin Report - 2012.pdf

Discussion of Disparate Impact in Marin - http://www.measureofamerica.org/marin/

Denver completed AFH, pending HUD approval-  http://denver-aurora-boulderafh.com

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing - https://www.dfeh.ca.gov/Housing/


Marin County Specific Webpages

Marin County - http://www.marincounty.org/depts/cd/divisions/planning/housing/fair-housing

Marin County - https://www.marincounty.org/depts/cd/divisions/housing

HUD specific webpages:

HUD in spanish - https://www.hud.gov/espanol

HUD on the AFH - https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/affh/overview/

HUD AFH National extension - https://www.hudexchange.info/news/hud-publishes-notice-of-extension-of-deadline-for-submission-of-afh-for-consolidated-plan-participants/


Nonprofit quarterly on Racial Disparities in Housing:
Marin IJ on SB 827
Los Angeles Times on Disparate Subsidies Available to Owners but not Renters:
Los Angeles Times on the Role of Housing in the California Gubernatorial Election
Los Angeles Times on Housing Disparities in Marin
Marin IJ Aticle on Potential Impacts of SB 35 which went into effect on 1/1/18:
Story on the HUD and County discussions in 2011 -


Story on the Impacts of lack of affordable housing  - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJjtC4j0US8