For one single mother, finding a secure and affordable home was critically important for her and her young son. With help from local agencies—combined with her own perseverance—she’s now on a path with a brighter future. Read more.

Learn more about affordable housing

Read the guidelines for this grant area

Find out about the results of our grantmaking

MCF Strategic Plan:

Increasing Affordable Housing

Marin is widely recognized as having one of the least affordable housing markets in the United States. With median home sales above $800,000, lower-wage earners face considerable challenges finding housing in Marin that's affordable and located close to work, school, and transportation. The high cost of housing leaves many families in Marin with less to spend on food, childcare, and health care, and less to invest in savings. Seniors are priced out of the neighborhoods in which they have spent their lives. Health care workers, farm workers, bank tellers, and teachers cannot afford to live in the community where they work.

Strategy 1: Increasing public support for affordable housing and influence zoning changes that support affordable housing

By removing barriers to development, Marin can create a range of housing choices at different levels of affordability that preserve the environment and increase the diversity of Marin. MCF is partnering with nonprofit organizations that foster inclusive housing policies at the local level and advocate for changes in public policies that have impeded development. This work also focuses on identifying innovative financing mechanisms to accelerate new affordable housing development in Marin.

Grants made since the implementation of MCF's Strategic Plan:

Strategy 1 Grants
Organization Description Awarded Amount
Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California To help local elected officials make decisions that improve affordable housing policies in Marin. $204,000.00
Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California To help local elected officials make decisions that improve affordable housing policies in Marin. $226,000.00
Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California To help local elected officials make decisions that improve affordable housing policies in Marin. $58,000.00
Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California To help local elected officials make decisions that improve affordable housing policies in Marin. $386,000.00
Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California To help local elected officials make decisions that improve affordable housing policies in Marin. $280,000.00
People for Open Space, Inc./Greenbelt Alliance To help local elected officials make decisions that improve affordable housing policies in Marin. $120,000.00
People for Open Space, Inc./Greenbelt Alliance To help local elected officials make decisions that improve affordable housing policies in Marin. $307,000.00
People for Open Space, Inc./Greenbelt Alliance To help local elected officials make decisions that improve affordable housing policies in Marin. $23,000.00
People for Open Space, Inc./Greenbelt Alliance To help local elected officials make decisions that improve affordable housing policies in Marin. $192,000.00
People for Open Space, Inc./Greenbelt Alliance To help local elected officials make decisions that improve affordable housing policies in Marin. $167,000.00
Total Grants Strategy 1: $1,963,000.00

Strategy 2: Making investments in affordable housing, both rental properties and owned housing, that take advantage of specific market opportunities

MCF is partnering with affordable housing developers, homeless service providers, and local jurisdictions to increase affordable housing options in Marin. Funding in this area is balancing new housing production with emerging market opportunities to increase the supply of homes that are affordable to people with lower incomes.

Grants made since the implementation of MCF's Strategic Plan:

Strategy 2 Grants
Organization Description Awarded Amount
Community Land Trust Association of West Marin To support the Blue House Project to renovate and provide two units of affordable, energy-efficient housing in West Marin. $50,000.00
Eden Housing To support the construction of 61 units of senior housing at Warner Creek in Novato. $1,000,000.00
Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco To help communities in Novato, San Rafael, and other Marin neighborhoods recover from the foreclosure crisis. $250,000.00
Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco To help communities in Novato, San Rafael, and other Marin neighborhoods recover from the foreclosure crisis. $200,000.00
Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco To support new construction of a 10 unit affordable homeownership in Novato. $450,000.00
Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco To support predevelopment efforts for affordable housing in Marin County. $125,000.00
Homeward Bound of Marin To support affordable housing. $300,000.00
Homeward Bound of Marin To support Oma Village: Housing for Working Families. $600,000.00
Marin Community Foundation To support the Grady Ranch project. $100,000.00
Marin Workforce Housing Trust To support development of a communication and marketing plan. $7,000.00
Suburban Alternatives Land Trust To support the acquisition and rehabilitation of real estate-owned properties. $250,000.00
Total Grants Strategy 2: $3,332,000.00
 

Strategy 3: Help people at risk of homelessness to remain housed

Housing trends reported in Marin reveal an increase in the number of families and individuals that are precariously housed, including people who face eviction, pay over half of household income on rent, or live in substandard housing. MCF is funding organizations that provide services such as financial assistance, crisis intervention, foreclosure prevention, and mediation.

Grants made since the implementation of MCF's Strategic Plan:

Strategy 3 Grants
Organization Description Awarded Amount
Adopt A Family of Marin To prevent homelessness among children in Marin. $150,000.00
Adopt A Family of Marin To provide matching funds to utilize the County Emergency Contingency Funds. $150,000.00
Gilead House To provide transitional housing and life skills that lead toward a stable life and permanent housing. $45,833.00
Homeward Bound of Marin To help people at risk of homelessness to remain affordably housed. $75,000.00
Homeward Bound of Marin To provide vital services to keep formerly homeless people housed. $75,000.00
Marin Community Foundation To provide consultant support in engaging the community to create a farm worker housing pilot. $75,000.00
Marin Community Foundation To support Agricultural Worker Housing Development. $75,000.00
Marin Partnership to End Homelessness To support Marin Partnership to End Homelessness. $78,700.00
Marin Workforce Housing Trust To provide housing for agricultural workers. $125,000.00
Ritter Center To support affordable housing programs. $220,000.00
Ritter Center To support the Housing First program for the chronically homeless. $200,000.00
Total Grants Strategy 3: $1,269,533.00
 
Total Affordable Housing Grants: $6,564,533.00