After commemorating the end of REST (a rotating and temporary winter shelter program created by Marin Organizing Committee (MOC) for homeless individuals and families) MOC leaders are now focusing on identifying funding for more permanent housing options, including a "housing first" approach to homelessness. "We have realized for some time that was just a lifeboat," said Purdy, a member of the First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael. "We kept people fed and out of the rain and cold but we did not end homelessness."
And after learning that most tenants that inquire about the landlord mediation program refrain from participation for fear of retaliation by their landlords, leaders are renewing their push for a "just cause" eviction ordinance. "It's hard to imagine tenants feeling safe requesting mediation from landlords, if the landlord has the right to evict them without cause," Meredith Parnell, chairwoman of the Marin Organizing Committee's renter protection team, said at a public hearing.
In order to advance their agenda, MOC leaders organized a nonpartisan accountability assembly with candidates for County Supervisor.
Positive Signs for Marin's 'Housing First' Homeless Strategy, Marin Independent Journal [pdf]
Marin Renters Considering Mandatory Mediation Fear Reprisals, Marin Independent Journal
Marin Supervisor Candidates Shroyer Skips Forum Over Format Issues, Marin Independent Journal