Coast Guard Neighborhood Renewal FAQs

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions we have received since launching the website.

General

1. What is the history of this property?

The Coast Miwok people were the early inhabitants of the lands around Point Reyes. European settlement occurred in the area after 1580. The area was part of the Rancho Nicasio land grant in the mid 1800s.

From the 1970s until the early 2000’s, the families and officers living in the 36 homes and barracks building on the Coast Guard property were part of the Point Reyes community, with children attending local schools and residents using local businesses.

In 2014, the U.S. Coast Guard designated the Point Reyes Station facility as surplus with the intention of selling it on the open market. After strong community advocacy, in 2016, the U.S. Congress passed legislation that required the Coast Guard to sell the property to the County to be used as permanently affordable homes.

2. Doesn’t CLAM already own the Coast Guard neighborhood?

Not yet. CLAM intends to own the entire property and is in discussion with Marin County. Land transfer would likely take place after the project has received planning approvals, and before construction begins.

3. When will the homes in the Coast Guard neighborhood be available?

The existing homes need renovation to conform to building code, and to become more energy efficient. A septic system must also be installed on site before anyone can move in. New residents will most likely be able to reside at the property starting in 2024.

4. How are CLAM and Eden working together?

CLAM led the effort to acquire this property from the US Coast Guard and then the County of Marin, and CLAM plans to own the entire property and steward it for the community's benefit. CLAM brought on Eden Housing as a partner to redevelelop the affordable housing portion of the site. In order to do this, CLAM vetted a number of affordable housing organizations and Eden was 'heads and shoulders' above the rest. Specifically, Eden is a national leader in doing sustainable/green rehab of buildings, has successful projects in Marin County and is familiar with Marin's permitting environment, and is a statewide leader in creating high quality affordable homes.

CLAM plans to own the land, and CLAM/Eden have a partnership for the rental housing. Eden is able to attract the funding needed to rehab the housing and infrastructure work. Eden will also provide property management of the rental homes.

CLAM will steward the land for the benefit of the community, and operate the community-facing part of the neighborhood, facilitating any community uses on the property. CLAM will also raise funds for this part of the property through a capital campaign and community donors.

It was extremely important to CLAM to have a partnership in which CLAM could learn new skills, knowledge and resources that would benefit our work in West Marin. In Eden, we've found that partner and are on track to re-purpose this neighborhood and leverage the learning involved for CLAM's work.

5. How will the project be paid for?

Housing funding will come from federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits, State funds, philanthropic funders, the County of Marin funds, Project-Based Section 8, and other sources.

Funds for anything that will serve the community in addition to residents - whether in buildings or other features on the site, will come from community fundraising efforts, as well as foundations.

6. How many homes will be in this neighborhood?

CLAM and Eden will work to repurpose the existing homes on site. This will result in 36 renovated townhomes of 2,3 and 4 bedrooms. There is also an existing dormitory onsite that housed 24 single Coast Guard officers. This dormitory will be renovated to provide apx. 15 small apartments. Altogether, by repurposing what already exists, approximately 51 homes will be made available.


Residents

1. When will the application process for a home start?

The application process will probably start in 2023 or 2024. The application process will begin while the property is undergoing renovation. We expect homes to be available in 2024.

2. What is the application process?

When renovation is underway, which is anticipated to occur in 2023 and 2024, the application process will be established and made public. CLAM/Eden will hold workshops to explain how to apply for a home. Then the application period will open.

When the day comes to apply, you can submit your application.

Unfortunately, there will be more interested applicants than there are homes, so in order to ensure fairness we’ll have a lottery. Those who are not selected in the lottery will be placed on a waitlist for a home in the future.

Those who are selected will go through an intake process, checking documents and eligibility.

3. Will those on CLAM’s waitlist be able to automatically be on the list for this neighborhood?

When renovation is underway, which is anticipated to occur in 2023 and 2024, the application process will be established and made public. CLAM/Eden will hold workshops to explain how to apply for a home. Then the application period will open.

When the day comes to apply, you can submit your application.

Unfortunately, there will be more interested applicants than there are homes, so in order to ensure fairness we’ll have a lottery. Those who are not selected in the lottery will be placed on a waitlist for a home in the future.

Those who are selected will go through an intake process, checking documents and eligibility.

4. Will there be any preference for those who need housing locally? If so, how many locals will get to live there?

There will be locals living in this neighborhood and likely also people who are new to West Marin. We all are aware of the housing shortage in the area and the displacement that is happening. We will work to ensure that everyone in our community knows about the application process and is guided through it. This neighborhood may also help to increase the diversity of our community. The rental application process and information will be advertised broadly.

5. Will there be places for agricultural workers? If so, how many?

We know that West Marin’s ag workers are vulnerable – whether on dairies, ranches, oyster farming, or other employment. We will seek housing funding sources that would allow a priority for ag worker families for a portion of the units. However, the funding sources will ultimately determine the special population targeting that will be possible.

6. Will there be places for seniors? If so, how many?

While everyone, including seniors, has the opportunity to live in the neighborhood through the regular application process, we will also seek funding that would ensure a portion of the homes for seniors. However, the funding sources will ultimately determine the special population targeting that will be possible.

7. Will people who have had to leave the community be able to apply or be able to have a preference at the site?

Everyone is able to apply for a home in this neighborhood. CLAM will ensure that people know about it and are prepared for the application process. CLAM is exploring ways to support people who are housing insecure, or who have been displaced – whether at the Coast Guard neighborhood or elsewhere.

8. Will people who are not citizens be eligible? What kinds of documentation will be required?

Citizenship will not be required for most units. We anticipate having some Project Based Voucher (PBV) units. These PBV units will require at least one US citizen or individual with eligible immigration status in the household. If applicable, documentation will be a birth certificate and social security card, or acceptable documents issued by USCIS ( US Citizenship and Immigration Services) to be later defined in the Tenant Selection Plan.

9. Will there be places that are disability accessible?

Yes, a portion of the units will be ADA accessible.

10. Will the property be rental or homeownership?

This property will provide rental homes.

11. Will people that don’t live there get to use the property?

Yes. In the Neighborhood Design process, the community will share ideas about how to use some other non-housing spaces and natural features for community benefit.


Environmental Factors

1. What’s going to happen with a septic system? How are environmental sensitivities being considered?

CLAM and Eden are working with the County and several engineering firms to design and locate a wastewater system for the property. Given the need for a wastewater system, the drought, the drinking water wells on the site, the proximity of the creek – we’re working on a total water management plan that takes all these factors into account.

2. We’re in a drought – is there water for this new neighborhood?

The property already has an active water permit. North Marin Water District has been serving this property since it was constructed and is prepared to serve the neighborhood when it is fully occupied and operational. Additionally, updated water conservation features will reduce the water demand that was present in the past.

3. How is the impact to the town being considered – ie, traffic into the town & flow into and out of the property?

CLAM and Eden will work with the County and with the Point Reyes Station Village Association to consider the connections between the neighborhood and the town, including traffic flow, impacts, and the design of on-site parking. The project will go through CEQA, which will ensure negative impacts are mitigated.