Mill Street Center is Marin County’s only year-round emergency shelter for adults. Mill Street and and New Beginnings Center, a “second-step shelter,” compose the bulk of our Adult Services Program, which supports individuals as they begin their journey out of homelessness. The Transition to Wellness program, operated with local hospitals and social service agencies, offers three double-bed rooms of medical respite shelter for adults leaving acute care without stable housing. Homeward Bound also operates several long-term supportive housing programs.

Mill Street Center

Homeless Adults Sheltered at Mill Street Center Last Year
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Homeless Adults Sheltered at Mill Street Center Last Year

The “front door” of our Adult Services Program, the 55-bed Mill Street Center in San Rafael is the county’s only night-to-night emergency shelter for homeless individuals. It serves both men and women in separate dormitory-style rooms. A network of volunteers from three dozen churches and community groups provides a home-cooked dinner nightly.

As space becomes available, residents may move to New Beginnings Center.

Mill Street Center
190 Mill Street
San Rafael. CA 94901
415-457-9651 or 800-428-1488

New Beginnings Center

New Beginnings Center exteriorNew Beginnings Center, or NBC, is an 80-bed shelter for single homeless adults in Novato. This center combines shelter, job training and work experience opportunities opened in 2000 as the first homeless shelter in the country built on a decommissioned military base.

Residents may stay up to six months. A total of 16 beds are set aside for homeless veterans in a partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

New Beginnings Center
1399 N. Hamilton Parkway
Novato, CA 94949
415-382-3532

New Beginnings Center offers on-site programs for employment skills training. These include Fresh Starts Culinary Academy, and award-winning 16-week intensive course in culinary basics certified by the American Culinary Federation.

Homeward Bound also offers paid apprenticeships in Janitorial and Building Maintenance as well as Landscaping and Garden Maintenance.

Transition to Wellness

Emergency rehabilitation

Three double-bedded rooms at the Next Key Center for adults leaving hospital care without stable housing. Services include nursing supervision, case management and access to support from Homeward Bound. This innovative program is a collaboration between Homeward Bound, local hospitals, Ritter Center and other social service providers.

In 2015-16, the program served 47 people, saving 889 days of hospitalization valued at almost $2.7 million.


Supportive Housing for Homeless Adults

Facing a critical lack of affordable housing, Homeward Bound provides extended options for adults transitioning out of homelessness. These programs offer continued support services that may include counseling, job training and job retention support, along with credit repair or money management classes. Our programs include:

The Next Key Center

Next Key Center exteriorThese 29 studio apartments adjacent to New Beginnings Center provide “employment enhancement housing” designed for people completing longer-term education or job-training programs. Residents may participate in training programs at Homeward Bound or elsewhere, including enrollment at local colleges or employer-sponsored programs such as management training at Lenscrafters and Sear’s.

The Next Key Apartments are part of a site that includes Homeward Bound administrative offices, a training kitchen for Fresh Starts Culinary Academy, and The Key Room event venue with on-site catering.

The Next Key Center
1385 N. Hamilton Parkway
Novato, CA 94949
415-382-3363

Fourth Street Center

Fourth Street Center exterior

20 single-room units with shared kitchen, living room and bathrooms.

Fourth Street Center
1111 Fourth Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

Fireside Apartments

Fireside apartments exterior

Eight homes at the Fireside Apartments in Mill Valley, a collaboration with Eden Housing Corp.

Fireside Apartments
115 Shoreline Hwy.
Mill Valley, CA 94941

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