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Affordable Housing In Marin County
California

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There are 71 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 3,264 affordable apartments for rent in Marin County, California. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with about 1,631 apartments that set rent based on your income. Often referred to as "HUD apartments", there are 707 Project-Based Section 8 subsidized apartments in Marin County. There are 1,635 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are still considered to be affordable housing for low income families.

The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Marin County is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.

Affordable Apartments in Marin County

Image of Fireside Apartments
115 Shoreline Hwy
Mill Valley, California
Fireside Apartments is a 50 unit low income housing apartment community that provides St.-2 bedroom apartments for rent in Mill Valley. Rents at Fireside Apartments are $750-1,250.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Mill Valley.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
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Image of Warner Creek Senior Housing
806 Diablo Avenue
Novato, California
Warner Creek Senior Housing is a 60 unit low income housing apartment community in Novato.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Senior (62+)
Project-Based Section 8
Project Based Rental Assistance
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101 Esperanza
Tiburon, California
Bradley House is a 12 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Tiburon.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Project-Based Section 8
Project Based Rental Assistance
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141 Donahue Street
Sausalito, California
Ridgeway Apartments is a 225 unit low income housing apartment community that provides 1-3 bedroom apartments for rent in Sausalito.
Apartments in this community are not rent subsidized. However, this apartment community has rents considered affordable for low income families in Sausalito.
Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Accepts Housing Choice Vouchers
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1351 Lincoln Ave
San Rafael, California
Lincoln Ave. Apartments is a 13 unit low income housing apartment community in San Rafael.
Some or all apartments in this community are rent subsidized, which means rent is income based.
Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities
HOME Investment Partnerships Program
Project Based Rental Assistance
Accessible Units
Persons With Disabilities
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Housing Authorities that serve Marin County

The Housing Authority of the County of Marin is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in San Rafael, California.

Understanding Affordable Housing in Marin County, California

Marin County, CA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties71
Total Low Income Apartments3,264
Total Rent Assisted Apartments1,631
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters37.56%
Average Renter Household Size2.35
Total Population258,349
Housing Units103,670
Average Household Size2.41
Median Household Income$93,257 ±$2,610
Median Rent$1,678 ±$26
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened51.51% ± 2.52pp

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

Data derived from 2010 Census and 2015 5-Year American Community Survey. Learn More.
1 Margin of Error: ± 2.52 percentage points.

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 $115,300

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.

Marin County HUD Rental Assistance Income Limits

AMI Band1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
30%$27,650$31,600$35,550$39,500$42,700$45,850$49,000$52,150
50%$46,100$52,650$59,250$65,800$71,100$76,350$81,600$86,900
80%$73,750$84,300$94,850$105,350$113,800$122,250$130,650$139,100

You can identify apartment communities that participate in a program that provides rental assistance by looking for the tags in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

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.

You can identify apartment communities that participate in the program in Marin County by looking for the tag in the apartment list above. View Apartments.

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.

Marin County Low Income Housing Tax Credit Income Limits

AMI Band1 Person2 Person3 Person4 Person5 Person6 Person7 Person8 Person
50%$46,100$52,650$59,250$65,800$71,100$76,350$81,600$86,900
HERA 50%$48,450$55,350$62,250$69,150$74,700$80,250$85,750$91,300
60%$55,320$63,180$71,100$78,960$85,320$91,620$97,920$104,280
HERA 60%$58,140$66,420$74,700$82,980$89,640$96,300$102,900$109,560

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 $71,100 a year, or $5,925 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $5,925 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,778 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 AMIStudio1 Bed2 Bed3 Bed4 Bed5 Bed
50%$1,153$1,234$1,481$1,711$1,909$2,106
60%$1,383$1,481$1,778$2,054$2,291$2,528
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.

2018 Fair Market Rents
StudioOne BRTwo BRThree BRFour BR
$2,014$2,499$3,121$4,070$4,346

Cities In Marin County

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CityListingsServed By
San Rafael22The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves San Rafael is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Novato14The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Novato is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Point Reyes Station5The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Point Reyes Station is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Fairfax5The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Fairfax is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Larkspur4The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Larkspur is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Marin City0The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Marin City is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Tiburon4The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Tiburon is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Sausalito5The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Sausalito is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Mill Valley7The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Mill Valley is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
San Anselmo2The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves San Anselmo is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Corte Madera1The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Corte Madera is the Housing Authority of the County of Marin.
Belvedere1
Kentfield1
Alto0
Black Point Green Point0
Bolinas0
Dillon Beach0
Inverness0
Lagunitas Forest Knolls0
Lucas Valley Marinwood0
Muir Beach0
Nicasio0
Ross0
San Geronimo0
Santa Venetia0
Sleepy Hollow0
Stinson Beach0
Strawberry0
Tamalpais Homestead Valley0
Tomales0
Woodacre0
Black Point-Green Point0
Lagunitas-Forest Knolls0
Lucas Valley-Marinwood0
Tamalpais-Homestead Valley0