Downtown Precise Plan. The Precise Plan was also adopted on August 2, 2021. It provides for approximately 2,200 new dwelling units in Downtown San Rafael and includes an Affordable Housing and Anti-Displacement Strategy.
Voces de Canal. This document was prepared by Canal Alliance in 2014 to articulate the concerns and aspirations of residents in the Canal community. Much of the focus is on the need for safe, secure, affordable housing.
ABAG’s Housing Website. This links to a webpage with a variety of resources for housing planning and production in the Bay Area.
Final Regional Housing Needs Allocation Plan. This will open a document that shows the final “fair share” housing assignments for the 9 counties and 101 cities in the Bay Area adopted by the ABAG Executive Board in December 2021.
HCD Building Blocks. This is the guidance provided to local governments by the State of California for how to prepare a compliant Housing Element.
Housing Element Library. This link opens a “dashboard” managed by HCD showing the compliance status of every Housing Element in California. It also includes links to the housing elements of each city and county.
Local Housing Solutions. This is a helpful website designed to help cities understand the policy tools available to address local housing issues. Starting with “Housing 101”, it provides helpful information about housing issues and possible solutions. It is operated by the Furman Center at New York University and is national in focus.
Tips for the Site Inventory. This link will open a page with additional hyperlinks, displaying information compiled by Abundant Housing LA, a Southern California non-profit advocacy organization.
Housing Crisis that Fails to Match Jobs to People. This presentation from Dowell Myers (an urban planning professor at USC) looks at the root of the housing crisis, and common misperceptions about the rate of multi-family housing growth in California.
Hard Construction Costs. This report from the Terner Center in Berkeley looks at the cost of building multi-family development in today’s market.
San Rafael Age Friendly Action Plan. This recently completed Plan discusses the needs of
older adults in San Rafael, including the need for housing and home retrofits that help residents
“age in community.”
Impact of Supportive Housing on Neighborhoods. This report from the Furman Center in New York looks at the benefits of including supportive services for persons with special needs as a component of new affordable housing development.
Marin County Analysis of Impediments. This is a federally mandated document that looks at impediments to fair housing in the County of Marin, including its incorporated cities. It is the starting point for conversations and strategies to affirmatively further fair housing and end housing discrimination.
Racial Equity Toolkit. This menu of strategies prepared by the Government Alliance on Race and Equity is intended to help cities advance racial equity and opportunity for all through their policies, programs, and operations.
Segregation Data for San Rafael. This is a one-page table from the Othering and Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley showing the demographic distribution of San Rafael neighborhoods. The results may surprise you.
Race Counts. This is a link to the Race Counts Advancement Project, which includes data and policy assessments related to race and equity in California, including specific data on housing.
GARE Communications Guide. This publication of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity is aimed at helping local governments improve their communication and messaging on issues related to race and equity and overcome structural racism in their communities.
Myths and Facts About Affordable Housing. This publication from the State Department of Housing and Community Development dispels common myths about affordable housing, while also providing important facts.
The Costs of Affordable Housing. This Terner Center (Berkeley) publication looks at the cost of Low Income Housing Tax Credit projects, with a focus on construction costs and the benefits of federal tax credits.
Supply Skepticism. This report from the Furman Center (New York) addresses housing supply and affordability issues.
There Doesn’t Go the Neighborhood. This interesting research study from on-line real estate platform Trulia looks at the impacts of affordable housing on property values in surrounding neighborhoods.
Who Wants Affordable Housing in their Backyard? This graduate-level research study from Stanford looks at the impacts of Low Income Housing Tax Credit projects on surrounding neighborhoods, using complex mathematical models and formulas.
A number of Southern California cities received grant funding to prepare videos explaining the Housing Element process. Several of these videos have been translated into other languages, including Spanish and Mandarin. The links below provide easy-to-understand animated explanations of Housing Elements and what they cover. While they were prepared for communities in other parts of the state, the content is transferable to San Rafael.