Saturday, March 18, 2017

Supervisors considering a provision that it is ILLEGAL DISCRIMINATION to refuse Section 8 applicants

Next Tuesday the Supervisors will vote to FINALIZE the ordinance that will make it ILLEGAL DISCRIMINATION to refuse Section 8 applicants if you are a homeowner renting rooms.

"A very common situation is a divorced mom with kids and a very expensive mortgage trying to keep a roof over their heads who rents a room. She is a landlord by circumstance. Now she faces civil and possible criminal charges if she chooses the wrong tenant. Shouldn't the homeowner have discretion to choose if she wants the added burden of complying with section 8?"

It won't burden wealthy landlords who do not rent rooms.  Only the struggling homeowner in the unincorporated areas will be primarily affected.

It is as bad as it sounds. Please spread the word on Nextdoor, etc.  Here is last weeks meeting.

Please email a note to the Supervisors at

The Marin County Board of Supervisors will conduct a public Merit Hearing on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at or after 10:00 AM* to consider adoption of an ordinance to amend Chapter 5.53 of the Marin County Code "Income-Based Rental Housing Discrimination" to eliminate an exception for owner-occupied structures(Board Packet (English); Staff Report (English); Ordinance (EnglishEspañolTiếng Việt)). The elimination of this exception would simplify the process for understanding and determining Ordinance applicability. Furthermore, it would support an original intent of the Ordinance to inhibit a discriminatory rental environment by preventing property owners from disseminating advertising materials that express preference based on a persons' source of income. A First Reading of the proposed Ordinance was held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 9:00 AM* (Board Packet (English); Staff Report (EnglishEspañolTiếng Việt).
The Staff Report and additional resources related to the March 21st Merit Hearing are available on the County of Marin’s Affordable Housing webpage. Spanish and Vietnamese translations of the Staff Report will be available early next week.
An agenda and staff report will also be made available on the Friday before the scheduled hearing on the Board of Supervisors meeting webpage and at the Community Development Agency, Suite 308, San Rafael (open Monday through Thursday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, closed Friday). If you have comments regarding this hearing, please contact Debbi La Rue, Planner at or 415-473-7309, or Leelee Thomas, Planning Manager at
The Board of Supervisors hearings will be held in the Board of Supervisors Chambers (Room 330, Administration Building), 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, California, where anyone interested in this matter may appear and be heard. Please contact Debbi La Rue, Planner, at 415-473-7309or to request translation services. Speakers using translation services will be granted additional time to testify at the hearings.
*Please note that proposed meeting times are estimates only and may be subject to change.

No comments:

Post a Comment