Over the course of the pandemic, the County of Marin and various cities and towns created eviction moratorium policies to provide much-needed stability for renters across our community. While many renters continue to struggle with the devastating economic impact of the pandemic, the moratoria policies came to an end on September 30th. Through the provision of direct services and advocacy, Community Action Marin and our partner agencies are advancing housing justice locally.
Approximately one-third of Marin residents are renters, a percentage which is much higher in communities like the Canal, Southern Marin, and Central Novato. Rents are rising in Marin and throughout the region and people with low-incomes, Latino, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) residents, and people with disabilities are disproportionately impacted by the current housing crisis. In fact, 37.98% of households are considered cost-burdened and spend 30% or more of their income on rent. Another 18% spend more than 50% of income on housing. When people lose housing, the instability created has negative ripple effects for children and families, as well as employers and our local social fabric and economy.
Community Action Marin has been an active proponent of eviction moratorium and other tenant protection policies. Working in partnership with Canal Alliance, Legal Aid of Marin, and North Marin Community Services, we organized over a dozen local agencies to support the eviction moratorium extensions across the county and also published a Marin Voice piece in support.
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The average number of unhoused served in Marin each month
The amount of housing financial assistance provided to 1,070 households
Emergency Rental Assistance Program
With a focus on increasing affordable housing and addressing homelessness, as well as its critical support of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), Community Action Marin has been advocating for additional one-time funding for ERAP. This part of the 2023-24 county budget will help meet urgent housing needs through the end of this calendar year.
Outreach to those that are unhoused
Pathways to Well-being
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Community Action Marin can help with rental and eviction assistance resources, housing information, and housing navigation.
The news that more rental assistance was available through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) was welcome news for those we serve and others within the county. As many households were struggling financially and behind on rent, despite the help from prior programs, there was still a great need for additional support. Lots of families who lost their jobs and were impacted by the Shelter in Place still hadn’t fully recovered financially. With the ERAP program, we were able to reach households who may not have been eligible before or missed the first rounds of assistance.
Senior Manager Safety Net Services
Community Action Marin