Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015by Representative Jared Huffman
Posted on 2016-02-01
HUFFMAN. Mr. Speaker, I thank the ranking member and the chairman
for the good work that has gone into this very important bill. As
somebody who represents one-third of the California coast, obviously,
this legislation is important to me. I want to especially thank the
chairman and ranking member for one part of this legislation that has
special significance to the people of Marin County, whom I am honored
Finding affordable housing in Marin County is very difficult, and it has only gotten harder since the Great Recession and since the rebound in the real estate market. That has had an impact on the families I represent. It has had an impact on businesses and on folks in agriculture who can't find the full-time staff that they need because they can't afford to live in the community.
Section 501 of this bill is going to help in a very significant way to address this housing crunch in West Marin. It is going to take some Coast Guard property that is excess property and sell it at fair market value to the County of Marin. This will be a win-win for the County of Marin and also for the Coast Guard. I look forward to seeing the county begin working with local partners on repurposing this property for the public benefit of affordable housing.
We still have a long way to go to make sure that working families in places like Marin County and everyplace else have access to quality housing, but this bill is an important step for at least one community that I represent.
I thank the tireless group of advocates who have worked on this, especially West Marin County Supervisor Steve Kinsey, Kim Thompson, and all of those at the Community Land Trust Association of West Marin, and others. Finally, I thank Ranking Member DeFazio and Chairman Shuster as well as the subcommittee members and staff. I thank very much the gentleman from California (Mr. Garamendi).