We facilitate the creation and acquisition of affordable housing in Stinson Beach, California.
Skyrocketing housing costs have made it impossible for residents of modest means to remain in Stinson Beach and for young families to move into the community. The Stinson Beach Affordable Housing Commmittee (SBAHC) was formed in 2015 to encourage the creation of affordable housing in Stinson Beach to address this problem.
The SBHAC works with the Marin County Board of Supervisors, Marin County Community Development Agency, Marin Housing Authority, as well as local land trusts, property owners, foundations and donors to seek and create opportunities for the creation of affordable housing.
Our first project, completed in 2016, was the purchase of an eight-unit apartment building in Stinson Beach, presently owned and managed as affordable housing by the Community Land Trust Association of West Marin (CLAM).
Our second project was Measure W, a ballot measure that appeared on the November 2018 ballot to provide financial support in perpetuity for both community housing and emergency responder needs in West Marin. Measure W increased West Marin’s Transient Occupancy Tax, a fee charged by Marin County to travelers for overnight accommodations, by 4% to create an annual pool of funds totaling approximately $1,400,000 per annum. These funds will be used solely in West Marin, where the conversion of long-term rental housing to short term AirBnB/VRBO rentals has created an enormous crisis in community housing availability. The same visitor influx that has taken so many homes off the long-term rental market in West Marin has also strained to breaking point the capabilities of the emergency responders in the area, often volunteer fire departments. The Measure W funds will be evenly split between volunteer fire departments and developers of community housing.
Members of the Stinson Beach Affordable Housing Committee created the first draft of the ballot measure proposal, worked on the committee that wrote the ballot measure and raised more than half of the campaign funds. A member of SBAHC acted as the campaign chairperson and several other members actively planned and executed key elements of the campaign. Measure W passed with a 73.7% majority and will be providing funds this year and every year to follow.
The Stinson Beach Affordable Housing Committee is presently working on two potential multi-unit affordable housing projects in Stinson Beach. While these efforts are in their preliminary stages, they show some promise of success.
We are also working on a plan to forge a closer relationship with the Stinson Beach Village Association, a local organization which provided an inspiring amount of support for our efforts on behalf of Measure W. Working closely with the Village Association will provide us with a broader range of information about opportunities for additional long-term rentals, the creation of junior units and off-market acquisitions.
As well, we are planning an outreach program to existing short-term rental operators who may be tiring of the work and expense of doing short-term rentals and may be looking for the dependability of long-term tenants.
Anyone who would like to know more about the County’s programs to make it easier to create rental units -- or with any information about housing opportunities that may be or become available is invited to contact us.