Housing Authority of the County of Marin

4020 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, Marin County, California 94903

Housing Authority of the County of Marin is a Public Housing Agency in San Rafael, California that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of September 23rd, 2019, Housing Authority of the County of Marin has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Chronic Homelessness Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Involuntarily Displaced Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Housing Authority of the County of Marin serves Marin County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Chronic Homelessness Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Involuntarily Displaced Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
General Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Public Housing Closed

Open Housing Authority of the County of Marin Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Chronic Homelessness Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority for the County of Marin (HACM) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program accepts a maximum of 50 applications a year for chronic homeless applicants is currently open until further notice.

Please note: According to the HACM, "The [Marin County Coordinated Entry (CE) provider] has adopted a 'Housing First' model which requires the applicant to have on-going case management with the County of Marin Health and Human Services."

To apply, referrals must be made from the Marin County Coordinated Entry (CE) provider at (415) 491-2574.

For more information, visit the HACM Waitlist page here, or the HACM website here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (415) 491-2574.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 03/20/2019.

Open Until Further Notice: Involuntarily Displaced Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority for the County of Marin (HACM) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program accepts a maximum number of applications a year for involuntarily displaced applicants.

Please note: A maximum of 15 applicants a year are accepted for Victims of Domestic Violence; a maximum of 15 applicants a year are accepted for Victims of a Natural Disaster; a maximum of 5 applicants a year are accepted for State or Federal Witness Protection; and a maximum of 5 applicants a year are accepted for Eminent Domain.

To apply for Victims of Domestic Violence placement, referrals must be made from CalWORKS at (877) 410-8817, or Center for Domestic Peace at (415) 924-6616.

To apply for Victims of a Natural Disaster placement, referrals must be made from the American Red Cross at (800) 733-2767.

It is not known how to apply for State or Federal Witness Protection or Eminent Domain placement.

For more information, visit the HACM Waitlist page here, or the HACM website here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via .

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 03/20/2019.

Other Housing Authority of the County of Marin Waiting Lists

Closed: General Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of Marin (HACM) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open in September, 2008. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

For more information, visit the HACM website here.

Last Updated on 03/20/2019.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Housing Authority of the County of Marin (HACM) Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

For more information, visit the HACM website here.

Last Updated on 03/20/2019.

About Housing Authority of the County of Marin

More information about Housing Authority of the County of Marin can be found on its website at http://www.marinhousing.org/.

Representatives of Housing Authority of the County of Marin may be available by phone at (415) 491-2525. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 09/23/2019, it is not known if Housing Authority of the County of Marin is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Housing Authority of the County of Marin Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Housing Authority of the County of Marin manages 2,145 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Homeownership Ported Out VASH
Vouchers 2,031 31 29 54
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $1,772 $1,220 $1,879 $1,601
Monthly Cost $3,599,933 $37,812 $54,479 $86,442

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Housing Authority of the County of Marin

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 3% having issued approximately 655 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 12 years and 9 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 67 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 1.8 persons and has a household income of $18,324 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 84% were extremely low income (ELI). 26% of households had wages as a major source of income, 4% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 68% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

1% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 30% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 27% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 43% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 4% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

24% of households included children, 2% of which had two adults in the household. 22% of households with children have a female head of household. 72% of all households were headed by a female.

43% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 16% of all heads of households being Black and 1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Housing Authority of the County of Marin Housing Choice Voucher program, 34% include at least one person with a disability. 52% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 57% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

49% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 35% with 2 bedrooms and 17% with 3 or more bedrooms. 15% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Housing Authority of the County of Marin voucher holders in 2016 was $485 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $2,140. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $96.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


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