The Issue

Marin is widely recognized as having one of the least affordable housing markets in the United States. With rents rising sharply, 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. Healthcare workers, farm workers, bank tellers, teachers, and many others cannot afford to live in the community where they work.

Our Approach

We will continue to focus our efforts on early phase investments to develop, rehabilitate, or preserve affordable housing stock. We will broker partnerships between funders, developers, and government to expand the supply of affordable housing. We will seek to leverage funding from both public and private sources for affordable housing projects. Finally, we will use the MCF Loan Fund as a way to provide financing options to nonprofits that may not be able to access or afford traditional commercial debt.


This initiative uses an invitation-only application process on an opportunistic basis. We encourage organizations with affordable housing projects in Marin to contact us in order to assess the opportunity for partnership.

Current Request for Proposals (RFPs)

RFP Description: The Committee for Housing Agricultural Workers and Their Families is seeking proposals for the preparation of an agricultural worker and rural housing action study for West Marin.

RFP: Rural Housing Needs Study

Answers to RFP Questions

Proposal Close Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Questions By: Friday, January 27, 2023

Proposal Contact:

Solicitud actual de propuestas

Descripción de la RFP: El Comité para la Vivienda de los Trabajadores Agrícolas y sus Familias está buscando propuestas para la preparación de un estudio de acción sobre trabajadores agrícolas y vivienda rural para West Marin.

RFP: Estudio de Necesidades de Vivienda Rural

Respuestas a las preguntas de la RFP

Fecha de cierre de la propuesta: miércoles 15 de febrero de 2023

Preguntas Por: viernes, 27 de enero de 2023

Contacto de la propuesta:

Current Grantees

Reports & Resources


2019 Marin County Homeless Count & Survey

Jaross, M., Kwak, Y., & Gallant, J. (2019). Marin County Homeless Count and Survey Comprehensive Report 2019. Applied Survey Research

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The State of the Nation's Housing, 2018

Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University

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Homelessness in Marin

Marin Health & Human Services: HHS Updates and 2017-18 Objectives

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Marin County Housing Element 2015-2023

Courtesy of County of Marin Community Development Agency

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Preserving Housing Affordability

Courtesy of Community Development Agency

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For questions regarding this initiative, please contact

Burr Alan
Alan Burr

Director of Housing and Community Lending

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