Equal Opportunity:
Housing in Marin

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A 2009 audit by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development found that Marin County did not meet some of the criteria required of federal funding that it had received. This series, Equal Opportunity: Fair and Affordable Housing in Marin, examines that audit and provides context on housing in the Bay Area as a whole. We hope you'll spend some time with the series -- click on the map to find out where affordable housing is in the Bay Area, read the primer to learn exactly what qualifies as fair and affordable housing, and take a quiz to test your knowledge. And as always, comment on the stories to let us know what we should cover next.

The Stories

Forum | Thursday, Apr 10, 2014, 9:30 AM

Report: Gentrification Dramatically Changing the Face of Oakland

In 1990, 43 percent of Oakland residents were African-American. In 2011, black people made up only about a quarter of the city's population. A new report from tenant advocacy organization Causa Justa and the Alameda County Public Health Department traces the history of gentrification in Oakland and the health consequences of displacement. We discuss a changing Oakland and what it means for minority and low-income residents.

The California Report | Friday, Mar 21, 2014, 4:30 PM

Oakland's American Steel Studios an Industrial Haven for Artists

As the Bay Area tech boom pushes rents higher and higher, big industrial spaces are quickly becoming unaffordable for artists. That's what makes American Steel Studios in West Oakland so unusual. It's become a magnet for all types of artists: sculptors, wood workers and especially metal workers.

Forum | Friday, Jan 24, 2014, 9:00 AM

San Francisco Imposes Fee on Tech Buses

San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency approved a pilot program on Tuesday to regulate controversial private commuter shuttle services in the city, including buses chartered by tech companies like Google and Apple. The city will now charge $1 per stop in a public bus stop. But the decision did not appease some critics of the buses, which have become symbols of income inequality amid the tech boom.

Forum | Friday, Jan 17, 2014, 10:00 AM

East Palo Alto Struggles to Remain Affordable for Low-Income Residents

As part of our "Priced Out" series highlighting the high cost of living in the Bay Area, we spotlight East Palo Alto. With a median family income of about $50,000 per year, East Palo Alto is an island of relative affordability among the vast wealth of Silicon Valley. But with Facebook's offices next door and sky-high housing and rental prices throughout the peninsula, some residents wonder how long they will be able to afford to stay.

Forum | Thursday, Jan 19, 2012, 9:00 AM

Marin County Income Inequality

A new report titled "A Portrait of Marin" reveals stark income inequality between residents living in the wealthiest and those in the poorest parts of the county. The disparities extend to education and housing as well as health. Among the findings: a baby born in Ross will likely live 13 years longer than one born in Novato's Hamilton neighborhood. We talk about the findings and recommendations.

KQED News | Thursday, Dec 01, 2011, 6:30 AM

Group Seeks to Diversify Area's Whitest County

The median price for a single family home in Marin is about $750,000. People of color are concentrated in two neighborhoods of the county. And John Young wants to do something about it.

KQED News | Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011, 6:30 AM

Marin Struggles to Meet Fair Housing Laws

The Housing and Urban Development administration (HUD) has been evaluating whether U.S. cities and counties are working hard enough to include people of color and other protected classes in their housing plans. Now, a recent audit is focusing attention on the nearly all-white county of Marin.

Where is the Affordable Housing?

Click on each county for more specific information

% of Homes that Qualify as Affordable

  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Level 3
  • Level 4
  • Level 5
  • Level 6

* Source: Assocation of Bay Area Governments 2009 Housing Survey.

** Source: U.S. Census Bureau, State and County QuickFacts 2010.

***The U.S. Census Bureau does not include people that identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino in its racial calculations. The census characterizes Hispanic, Latino, and Spanish as an "origin," which the bureau has defined as encompassing nationality, ethnicity, and heritage. We have chosen to include the Hispanic and Latino numbers as we believe they will provide a more complete understanding of each county's demographics.