Dominican Sisters Housing Plan Stalled

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May 9, 2017 | Legal move stalls Dominican sisters’ plan for transitional housing.

An attorney who lives near the Dominican sisters’ Our Lady of Lourdes Convent in San Rafael has appealed the city’s decision to allow the nuns to house two distressed families.

The city’s interim zoning administrator approved a temporary-use permit in January. Dolan and another neighbor filed appeals to the city’s Planning Commission, which rejected their appeals in a 6-0 vote March 14.

Other neighbors, advocates for people who are homeless, and some of the 30 sisters who attended the hearing testified in favor of the plan.

Among the Dominican Sisters’ current ministries are affordable housing, social justice advocacy, social services, and respite for homeless. In January the sisters were granted permission by the city to amend the convent’s use permit to a housing unit.

The unit would be shared by two women and their children, to help the women get established and find permanent housing as part of the convent’s mission. The change in the use permit would end after two years and the women would be supervised by Homeward Bound, Marin’s longstanding provider of services to homeless families.

Join AAI in supporting the Dominican Sisters’ transitional housing unit:

The San Rafael City Council will be asked to uphold the appeal on Monday May 15th, 7:00pm at San Rafael City Hall, 1400 Fourth Avenue. Please save the date and spread the word. Come support the efforts of the aging Sisters who want to do good in their community. This is a chance to ask the Mayor and Council members to recognize that there is a housing crisis in Marin County, to support the efforts of a senior community that wants to help, and to uphold the decision of the Zoning Administrator.

Contact Linda Jackson:

linda.m.jackson@agingactioninitiative.org

About Aging Action Initiative
The purpose of the Aging Action Initiative is to promote a countywide age-friendly environment, especially for those in need, collectively created by a strong network of service providers through public education, policy advocacy, and service coordination. The initiative is a collective effort of over 65 different agencies, grassroots organizations, commissions and neighborhood groups, funded by the County of Marin, and coordinated by MARINSPACE.

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Money Matters: A Place Called Home

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Saturday May 20, 2017 | 9:30 am – 12:00 pm | Free | Registration is recommended | Whistlestop | 930 Tamalpais Ave | San Rafael CA |

A Place Called Home: Making the Most of the One You Have and Finding One You Can Afford

About the Event

holding-houseThis is a FREE talk given by local experts to discuss the latest developments in home ownership and affordable housing. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend small group discussions from respected experts on the following topics:

 

  • Shared Housing and Accessory Dwelling Units
  • Affordable Housing and Section 8 
  • Reverse Mortgages, Rehab Loans and Below Market Rate Home Ownership

Breakfast included. To register, click here.

To download the flyer, click here.

Money Matters, part of the Aging Action Initiative (AAI), offers free information, resources and events to help you take action to address your financial future in Marin. AAI is a collective of aging service providers, funded by the County of Marin and coordinated by MARINSPACE, collaborating for an age-friendly environment.

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Housing Issues in Marin

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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 MarinPost.org, 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: http://marincoalition.org/events/
  • 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
  • Contact us: marincoalitionlunch@aol.com

To download the flyer, click here.

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Victory Village: Not Yet a Victory for Affordable Senior Housing

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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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Advocate for Increased SSI/SSP

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Help Marin join the statewide CA4SSI effort to lift SSI recipients out of poverty

We are gearing up to advocate for increasing SSI/SSP benefits again this year with the CA4SSI coalition. There are two important budget hearings coming up in March. Same as last year, we want to emphasize:

We are asking the CA Legislature to restore SSI/SSP grant cuts and the Cost of Living Adjustment. We are using this fact sheet to explain the context and outline our request.

If you would be willing to speak about the important role that SSI/SSP benefits play in your community, these hearings will be a really powerful place to share those stories during the open comment period.

Thursday March 2, 2017 | Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services

  • Members: Senator Pan (Chair), Senator Monning, Senator Stone. Although Senator McGuire is not on this subcommittee, he is on the Budget and Fiscal Review committee, so Marin has some influence.
  • Transportation: The hearing will start at 9:30am, but it is likely that they will be hearing about SSI at around noon. There is a bus being organized from San Francisco to leave at around 7:00am, so if you would like to come to this hearing, you could either meet the bus in San Francisco, or take your own transportation. We can help to facilitate carpooling.
  • Take Action: If we hear from a few of you that you’d like to come, we can work on setting up a meeting with Senator McGuire’s office that morning.

Wednesday March 15, 2017 | Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services

  • Members: Assemblymember Arambula (Chair), Senator. Harper, Senator Mathis, Senator Rubio, Senator Wood, Senator Ting (Alternate), Senator Obernolte (Alternate)
  • Transportation: This hearing will start at 2:30pm, and it’s expected that SSI/SSP will be the first topic that’s heard. Transportation will be organized.
  • Take Action: If we hear from a few of you that you’d like to come to this hearing, we can try to set up a meeting with Assemblymember Levine’s office.

To be in Action:
Contact Becky Gershon
Senior Policy & Advocacy Coordinator
bgershon@sfmfoodbank.org
(415) 282-1900 (x317)

About Aging Action Initiative
The purpose of the Aging Action Initiative is to promote a county-wide age-friendly environment, especially for those in need, collectively created by a strong network of aging service providers through public education, policy advocacy, and service coordination. The initiative is a collective effort of over 65 different agencies, grassroots organizations, commissions and neighborhood groups, funded by the County of Marin, and coordinated by MARINSPACE.

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