Marin is a place like no other. Stunning beaches. Organic farms. Family-friendly towns with good schools. Unique main streets with locally-owned stores. Marin is also home to the most environmentally conscious and civically minded people in the nation.
But Marin is changing. Traffic is bad and getting worse, and it has become prohibitively expensive for our grown children, aging parents, and vital community members to live here.
We’re not living our green values when too many people are driving an hour to work here each day, clogging our freeways and taking an unnecessary toll on the planet. We miss grandkids’ cherished milestones because our grown children have settled in distant, but affordable, cities. And when Mom wants to downsize to a condo in her retirement, she has no place to go in Marin.
That’s why the best way to protect what we love about Marin and live our local values is to make is easier for people with strong roots in this community to make a home here.
How We Work
Live Local Marin collaborates with community leaders and organizations to shape local policy to increase Marin’s supply of affordable homes. In addition, Live Local Marin engages the public in the various issues around affordable housing through tours, forums, workshops, tabling at events and with our publications.
Live Local Marin seeks to elevate the discussion of affordable housing and responsible growth through educational forums, workshops and tours. Live Local has hosted public forums on transit oriented development (TOD), design and density, and housing element law. We also organize tours so that members of the public can see first-hand what affordable housing looks like and who lives in it. Live Local has led half-day bus tours of affordable housing complexes in various Marin cities, as well as walking tours of mixed-use properties in downtown San Rafael. A self-guided tour is available to anyone by clicking here.
Finally, Live Local is Marin’s leading organization for affordable housing related research, producing publications examining Marin’s commute patterns, job growth, housing needs, and earning power of affordable housing residents.
Live Local Marin recognizes that to make a dent in addressing Marin’s current housing needs, we need strong policies to enable housing for the full spectrum of residents.
Marin has a unique and timely opportunity to create vibrant, walkable neighborhoods around our future SMART stations. The City of San Rafael has begun this process by engaging residents, businesses, and advocates to develop a vision for its two future SMART stations. Live Local Marin is actively engaged in the plan around the Civic Center SMART station, where there is an opportunity to carefully plan future development to enhance the existing neighborhoods.