Addressing Marin’s Housing Crisis One Step at a Time

Sunday April 30, 2017 | Congregation Kol Shofar | 215 Blackfield Drive | Tiburon CA |

Say Yes! In My Backyard
Addressing Marin’s Housing Crisis One Step at a Time

2:30pm Registration and Coffee
3:00pm to 6:00pm Program

Join Marin Organizing Community for a workshop on realistic strategies for ordinary homeowners, renters, and landlords to work together on solutions

Topics to include:
• What is housing-focused shelter? How do we responsibly
shelter those who are homeless?
• What are “Junior Units” (Accessory Dwelling Units: ADU) and
how do we build more in Marin?
• What are the realities facing renters in Marin? How do we
address rising rents and evictions?
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Marin Organizing Community (MOC) is organizing a county-wide constituency in support of broad-based solutions to
livability and affordability issues facing our families and communities. We are committed to winnable solutions. Join us to learn, organize and act for concrete change.This event was organized in partnership with St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin, REST (Rotating Emergency Shelter), and Lilypad Homes.

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Housing Issues in Marin

Wednesday May 3, 2017 | Marin Coalition presents “Housing Issues in Marin”. Price increases, affordable housing programs and concerns, limited supply.

The issues that surround housing here in Marin are numerous and sometimes daunting

Join Marin Coalition on May 3rd when two very knowledgeable presenters will share their perspectives and solutions regarding the various dimensions of one of the most pressing topics in our community:

jackson headLinda M. Jackson is program director of the Aging Action Initiative. She has over 30 years of experience in strategic planning and communications working for Austin and San Rafael, the Transportation Authority of Marin, and non-profit agencies. She is a trustee with the San Rafael City Schools Board of Education, and serves on the boards of the San Rafael Public Library Foundation, League of Women Voters and Sustainable San Rafael. Linda holds an M.S., Community and Regional Planning and an M.A., Latin American Studies from U.T./Austin, and a B.A., Urban Studies from Wellesley College. After college, Linda served two years with the Peace Corps in the Andes. She and her husband live in San Rafael.

silvestri headBob Silvestri is an author, architect and former affordable housing developer, and the founder of Community Venture Partners, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. CVP facilitates community-based projects and initiatives that demonstrate the highest principles of economic, social and environmental sustainability. He is also the founder and editor in chief of, the Bay Area’s first community  online news magazine, and the founder and former president of Environmental Media Fund. Bob has been active in community affairs for 20 years and has served on local city planning committees in Mill Valley. His writings include “The Best Laid Plans: Our Planning and Affordable Housing Challenges in Marin,” and “Marin 2016: Dispatches from the front.” For Bob’s full CV, click here.

  • Date: Wednesday May 3, 2017 – 11:15 a.m. (check-in) – 1:15 p.m. Program begins promptly at noon
  • Location: The Club at McInnis Park Golf Center, 350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael
  • RSVP & Pay Online by April 28:
  • Cost: $28 (members);  $30 (non-members);  $35 if RSVP received after deadline or at the door
  • Cancellations for refund must be received via email by 10 a.m. on May 1
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Oppose Trump’s FY18 Budget Proposal

April 11-24, 2017 is Congressional Easter Recess. The American Society on Aging (ASA) urges you to contact your House member and two Senators during this time to express your opposition to President Trump’s FY 18 budget proposal.

In the past, ASA efforts helped prevent the American Health Care Act from coming to a vote in the House. Now we are focused on defeating the proposed budget put forward by President Trump on March 16, 2017.

ASA members are especially concerned about the call to eliminate:

  • Low Income Energy Assistance Program
  • Community Development Block Grants (which include funds for Meals on Wheels)
  • Community Services Block Grant (which includes funds for Meals on Wheels)
  • Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), which is the only federal program to employ low income older adults
  • Corporation for National and Community Service, which provides funding for RSVP, senior companion and foster grandparent programs
  • Legal Services Corporation, which provides legal assistance to low-income people including elders, for such matters as Social Security, SSI, Medicaid

Tell our legislators what impact the elimination of these program would have locally

You can do this by visiting their district office. If this isn’t an option for you, please consider a telephone call or social media post directed to one or more of your legislators, or participating in any scheduled public meetings such as a district town hall.

For information about U.S. Representatives, click here.

For information about U.S. Senators, click here.

ASA invites you to share the details of your advocacy so that they can gauge the collective impact. Please click here to complete a short survey about your efforts.

About the American Society on Aging
ASA is the essential resource to cultivate leadership, advance knowledge, and strengthen the skills of those who work with, and on behalf of older adults. ASA is non-partisan.


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Advocate for Seniors on May 11th

Join other service providers at the state capitol to advocate for enhanced quality of life for older Californians 

May 11, 2017 is Senior Rally Day in Sacramento. Join California Senior Legislature advocating for seniors on the Capital Grounds from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

Established by state law, the mission of the California Senior Legislature is to help preserve and enhance the quality of life for older Californians and their families

If you want to have a booth to for your nonprofit or for one or more agencies or nonprofit the cost is $250.00. There is no charge just to attend. Tent and chairs provided.

To be in action:


Ellie Bloch member of MCCOA/CSL


About California Senior Legislature
The CSL is a volunteer body whose primary mission is to gather ideas for legislation at the state and federal levels, craft the ideas into formal proposals, prioritize the proposals, present them to members of the Legislature or the Congress, and advocate for laws implementing the ideas. This is accomplished through the annual Session, a four-day model legislative session where proposals are considered and prioritized. Senior Legislators then seek state lawmakers to author at least 10 of the Session’s priority proposals. The CSL works throughout the year to ensure adoption of these measures.

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Victory Village: Not Yet a Victory for Affordable Senior Housing

April 1, 2017 | After five years of planning, the Town Council of Fairfax will soon decide the fate of Victory Village, a proposed 54-unit affordable senior housing proposal.

The housing nonprofit Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative, wants to buy 20 acres from Christ Lutheran Church at 2626 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard to develop apartments for seniors.

The Fairfax Town Council is poised to streamline the approval process for the Victory Village project, but opponents are threatening a referendum. ” On April 20, the Fairfax Planning Commission will decide whether to recommend the project to the Town Council.

According to Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative, Fairfax’s population is aging more quickly than the rest of the county. In 2010 about 17% of Fairfax residents were 60 years or older. By 2015 that figure had climbed above 24% and more than 63% of Fairfax residents who are 65 or older have a physical disability.

There are hundreds of renting seniors in Fairfax who face rising rents. Seniors often live on fixed incomes and suffer disproportionately from poverty and health problems.  New housing will enable seniors to live their older years in the community.

Want to get the latest news or show your support for Victory Village? Click here.

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