Marin County, CA – Public weighs in on low-income housing

A document analyzing Marin County’s fair-housing policies may not adequately address local discrimination, according to commenters at a public hearing on May 11.

San Rafael resident John Ortega was unsatisfied with the Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice, as the document is called, believing it to be insubstantial. He called it “atole con el dedo,” a Spanish saying which, loosely translated, means to lead someone on.

“I look around and don’t see many people who may understand me in Spanish, but [atole con el dedo] is what we’ve got here,” he said.

The document draft, which will be modified as public feedback continues, outlines roadblocks to low-income housing choice in Marin and suggests several solutions. It was written in response to federal allegations of segregation and discrimination against racial minorities and the disabled in Marin’s low-income housing units.

A disproportionately high percentage of the local black population resides in Marin City public housing, and family public housing is available only in that area, effectively segregating the racial minority to one densely populated area, the document asserts.

Read remainder of the story at the Marin Scope


About Bob Voelker

Head of the Munsch Hardt (Dallas law firm) Hospitality & Mixed Use Development Group, and former developer of affordable housing. I'm i
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