Marin County must welcome more minority, low-income and disabled residents by easing zoning restrictions, allowing low-income apartments in suburban neighborhoods, boosting public transit to accommodate multifamily development and making related moves to eliminate housing discrimination, according to a new report.
The report, prepared by Fair Housing of Marin, outlines the impediments to providing homes for minorities, low-income families, the disabled and the aged in affluent Marin.
Unlike similar analyses in the past by various agencies, this one carries the clout of possible loss of federal grant money; the report itself is part of a settlement agreement with the federal government in which the county has pledged to do more to house the poor.
Rather than segregate the poor in Marin City and the Canal area, “the county and its jurisdictions should encourage and facilitate development of more subsidized and affordable housing for families with children, particularly in areas with low concentrations of minorities,” the draft report asserts. Further, housing for the disabled should be developed in “diverse geographic locations.”
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