Homeward Bound operates Marin County’s only year-round emergency shelter services for adults. The San Rafael shelter and New Beginnings Center in Novato, where we also provide housing-focused shelter services, compose a large part of our Adult Services Program. 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.

We participate in the Coordinated Entry System that guides use of shelter services in Marin County. Homeward Bound adheres to privacy protection guidelines issued by the Marin County Continuum of Care – please read the Privacy Notice for details.

*NOTE: The screening and admission process for shelter services is restricted during the COVID-19 emergency. Please  contact the Coordinated Entry team at 415-491-2559 or email shelter staff at mscintake@hbofm.org

Mill Street Center (Temporary Shelter Now Open)

There are no statistics at this time.

The Mill Street site has been closed pending reconstruction. Homeward Bound operates a temporary shelter in San Rafael that may be accessed by calling 415-491-2559. People also may access shelter services by getting a referral from a community partner in the Coordinated Entry System like Ritter Center or St. Vincent de Paul.

Homeward Bound will start construction in early 2021 of “Mill Street 2.0,” which includes a new shelter for 40+ individuals and 32 units of permanent supportive housing on the Mill Street site where our shelter has operated since 1986. The new building is expected to open in 2022. Learn more on our Mill Street Center page.

Homeward Bound provides “housing-focused shelter,” meaning that all residents are expected to engage in developing plans for stable housing. As space becomes available, residents may move to New Beginnings Center or other programs.

New Beginnings Center

New Beginnings Center exteriorNew Beginnings Center, or NBC, is an 80-bed shelter for single homeless adults in Novato. This center that 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.

The center operates as a housing-focused shelter, meaning all residents are expected to engage in developing plans for stable housing. A total of 12 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
415-382-3363 x233

New Beginnings Center offers on-site programs for employment skills training. These include Fresh Starts Culinary Academy, an award-winning 10-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-bed 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. All residents in this program are referred from inpatient care at Marin General Hospital, Novato Hospital or Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Rafael.

In 2019-20, the program served 61 people, saving 830 days of hospitalization valued at almost $2.5 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 support services that may include counseling, job training and job retention support, along with credit repair or money management classes. Our permanent supportive housing programs offer more than 350 beds for residents who sign a lease and a code of conduct agreement; they may stay as long as they remain in good standing. Our programs include:

The Next Key Center

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

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

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 apartments for formerly homeless seniors at the Fireside Apartments in Mill Valley, a collaboration with Eden Housing Corp.

Fireside Apartments
115 Shoreline Hwy.
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Warner Creek Senior Housing

Warner Creek Senior Housing

Sixty apartments for low-income seniors at Warner Creek Senior Housing in Novato. Homeward Bound provides support services in a collaboration with Eden Housing Corp.

Warner Creek Senior Housing
806 Diablo Ave.
Novato, CA 94947

King Street Senior Housing

Twelve rooms for formerly homeless seniors in a building that once served as a convent for St. Patrick’s Parish in Larkspur, which has leased the site to Homeward Bound of Marin.

King Street Senior Housing
127 King St.
Larkspur, CA  94939


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