Affordable Housing In Marin County
California

69 Low Income Apartment Communities In Marin County

Fireside Apartments

115 Shoreline Hwy
Mill Valley, CA
$750-1,250
Studio-2 BR
HCV Welcome

Mackey Terrace

626 Owen Dr
Novato, CA
Call For Rent
1 BR
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Walnut Place Senior Housing Apartments

600 A St
Point Reyes Station, CA
Call For Rent
Studio-1 BR
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Warner Creek Senior Housing

806 Diablo Avenue
Novato, CA
62+
Subsidized

Piper Court

191 Piper Court
Fairfax, CA
Call For Rent
2-3 BR

Bradley House

101 Esperanza
Tiburon, CA
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Camino Alto Apartments

260 Camino Alto Ct
Mill Valley, CA
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Bennett House

53 Taylor Dr
Fairfax, CA
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Maria B. Freitas

455 Manuel T Freitas Pkwy
San Rafael, CA
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing
Subsidized

Martinelli House

1327 Lincoln Ave
San Rafael, CA
Subsidized

Housing Authorities that serve Marin County

Housing Authority Programs
Housing Authority of the County of Marin Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Marin County, California

There are 69 low income housing apartment communities offering 3,237 affordable apartments for rent in Marin County, California. Marin County features 1,691 low income apartments with rental assistance where households typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent. Additionally, there are 1,546 other low income apartments that don't provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Marin County.

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Marin County, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 69
Total Low Income Apartments 3,237
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 1,691
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 37.56%
Average Renter Household Size 2.35
Average Household Size 2.41
Median Household Income $93,257 ±$2,610
Median Rent $1,678 ±$26
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 51.51% ± 2.52pp
Total Population 258,349

Population and Household Demographics

Marin County is a County in California with a population of 258,349. There are 103,670 households in the county with an average household size of 2.41 persons. 37.56% of households in Marin County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Marin County

The median gross income for households in Marin County is $93,257 a year, or $7,771 a month. The median rent for the county is $1,678 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Marin County, a household making less than $5,593 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 51.51% of households who rent are overburdened in Marin County.1

Area Median Income In Marin County

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

In Marin County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $136,800

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in Marin County

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for Marin County HUD Rental Assistance in Marin County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $33,850 $38,700 $43,550 $48,350 $52,250 $56,100 $60,000 $63,850
50% of Median $56,450 $64,500 $72,550 $80,600 $87,050 $93,500 $99,950 $106,400
80% of Median $90,450 $103,350 $116,250 $129,150 $139,500 $149,850 $160,150 $170,500
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Marin County

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1991 to 2011, 24 low income apartment communities containing 1,500 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Marin County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

If your income is less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you should not expect to pay more than the rent value for a unit in the table below. However, Affordable apartment communities that receive funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program may have rental units that are not subject to income and rent limits.

Rent limits for the LIHTC Program are determined so that a household making the maximum income for the expected household size of the unit would only pay 30% of their income for rent.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Marin County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $56,450 $64,500 $72,550 $80,600 $87,050 $93,500 $99,950 $106,400
60% of Median $67,740 $77,400 $87,060 $96,720 $104,460 $112,200 $119,940 $127,680

For example, the expected household size for a two bedroom apartment is 3 people. Using the table above, the maximum income for a 3 person household at 60% of the AMI in Marin County is $87,060 a year, or $7,255 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $7,255 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $2,177 a month.

Rent for units in the LIHTC Program include a utility allowance which is determined by the average monthly cost of utilities paid directly by residents. This allowance has not been subtracted from the rents in the table below. These utility allowances are set on a property by property basis.

% of AMI Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $1,411 $1,512 $1,814 $2,096 $2,338 $2,579
60% $1,694 $1,814 $2,177 $2,515 $2,805 $3,095
Fair Market Rents in Marin County

Fair Market Rents, often abbreviated as FMR, can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Notably, Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance.

2020 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$2,197 $2,720 $3,339 $4,365 $4,657

Cities In Marin County

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City Listings Served By
San Rafael 22 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves San Rafael is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Novato 14 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Novato is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Point Reyes Station 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Point Reyes Station is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Fairfax 6 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fairfax is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Larkspur 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Larkspur is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Marin City 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Marin City is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Tiburon 4 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Tiburon is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Sausalito 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sausalito is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Mill Valley 6 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Mill Valley is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
San Anselmo 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves San Anselmo is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Corte Madera 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Corte Madera is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Belvedere 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Belvedere is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Kentfield 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Kentfield is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Alto 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Alto is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Black Point Green Point 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Black Point Green Point is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Bolinas 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Bolinas is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Dillon Beach 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Dillon Beach is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Inverness 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Inverness is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Lagunitas Forest Knolls 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lagunitas Forest Knolls is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Lucas Valley Marinwood 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lucas Valley Marinwood is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Muir Beach 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Muir Beach is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Nicasio 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Nicasio is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Ross 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Ross is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
San Geronimo 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves San Geronimo is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Santa Venetia 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Santa Venetia is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Sleepy Hollow 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sleepy Hollow is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Stinson Beach 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Stinson Beach is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Strawberry 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Strawberry is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Tamalpais Homestead Valley 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Tamalpais Homestead Valley is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Tomales 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Tomales is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Woodacre 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Woodacre is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Black Point-Green Point 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Black Point-Green Point is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Lagunitas-Forest Knolls 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lagunitas-Forest Knolls is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Lucas Valley-Marinwood 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Lucas Valley-Marinwood is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Tamalpais-Homestead Valley 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Tamalpais-Homestead Valley is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.