HUD scolds Marin on fair housing record

January 06, 2011
Marin County has agreed to research why it has so few racial and ethnic minority residents relative to the rest of the Bay Area and to take “specific actions” to attract more low-income people and ethnic minorities to the affluent county, which is 85 percent white.
     The agreement, which was signed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, came more than a year after the agency found Marin “failed to comply” with Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and two other anti-discrimination statutes.
     The review found that Marin County’s federally funded affordable housing programs failed to adequately outreach to minorities and people with disabilities, failed to adequately track which ethnic groups were benefitting from those affordable housing programs, and failed to take steps to “affirmatively” ensure that low-income and minority residents are not pushed out.