Homeward Bound of Marin operates the only emergency shelter for homeless families in Marin County, which is the entry point for our Family Services Program. Homeward Bound of Marin also operates five supportive housing programs for families, including our new site called Oma Village in Novato.
Being homeless is an experience of trauma for both adults and children. Our Family Services Program creates an environment to neutralize trauma and provide support as families stabilize and set goals for the future.
Services include counseling, parenting workshops, homework help, children’s activities, and help with finding child care, accessing health care, pursuing educational goals or job training, and securing long-term housing.
Family Center – Emergency Shelter
The Family Center provides shelter for 9 families at a shared home in San Rafael. Residents may stay at the Family Center for up to six months.
Family Center services include counseling, support for job and housing search, food assistance, tutoring and help with credit repair or other financial goals. Families with children under 5 years old have access to child care with Head Start.
430 Mission Ave.
San Rafael, CA 94901
Supportive Housing for Families
With limited affordable housing options in Marin County, Homeward Bound of Marin has developed a variety of supportive housing programs. Families in these programs may continue to receive services like counseling, job training, job retention support, and credit repair or money management classes.
Homeward Bound is committed to equal opportunity and equal consideration without regard to race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, color creed, gender, age, disability or any other protected class.
Our programs include:
Six homes in the Hamilton area of Novato.
Four homes at this Corte Madera site developed by EAH Housing.
Ten homes at this site operated by Eden Housing.
Mariana R. Looks to the Future in New Home
Mariana R. and her family felt themselves climbing to the American Dream with a thriving daughter and an apartment of their own in San Rafael.
Then came a second pregnancy that got Mariana fired from her restaurant job. Though she later won a lawsuit claiming illegal termination, the episode cut the main source of income for her, her daughter and her disabled husband.
“We never ended up with extra money to save even when I was working, so it was desperate,” Mariana says. When they arrived at the Family Center at Homeward Bound, Mariana says, “That’s when all of our good luck started.”
She found work at a San Rafael restaurant and eventually her family – now with two girls – moved to Fireside Apartments in Mill Valley, where Homeward Bound coordinates services from “kiddie corner” activities to a food pantry.
“If we weren’t here, I’d be having a second job and wouldn’t have time for my girls. Now I volunteer at the school. I may go back to school myself,” she says. “My life has really changed with Homeward Bound.”