Many people who help make West Marin what it is – a place of beauty that welcomes hundreds of thousands of people each year to experience our landscapes, our locally grown foods, warm hospitality and artistic expression – are being hard hit by the havoc and economic chaos caused by the spreading COVID-19 virus.
Particularly affected are residents and workers in the service sector who are losing their jobs or having their hours cut back, who live paycheck to paycheck with no financial safety net. Day-to-day life, expensive at the best of times, has suddenly become even more insecure and frightening, particularly for those with no health insurance, no access to federal funds, and little choice in their options. Seniors, families of low income with children, and the homeless are particularly at risk. Access to food and medicine, upcoming payments for rent, electricity, water, cell phones, a car – all weigh heavily.
The local nonprofits that provide much needed services in this unincorporated area are also struggling as their revenues plummet due to changes in their programs, while they face an upsurge in demand.