Answering the particular needs of homeless adults struggling with mental illness, Homeward Bound operates a Mental Health Services Program that provides shelter services and long-term supportive housing. Residents are referred to the program by the county’s Community Mental Health Services.

Palm Court

Supportive housing for 26 adults. Services may include counseling, job training and help with accessing other needed services.

of Residents in Mental Health Programs Maintained Housing Last Year
of Residents in Mental Health Programs Maintained Housing Last Year

Voyager Carmel Center

36 rooms for adults struggling with mental illness, with 10 rooms reserved for shelter services and 26 rooms for long-term supportive housing. The center occupies the former Carmel hotel in San Rafael, with services that include 24-hour staff, community activities like outings and barbecues, and support to enhance individual strengths.

Voyager Carmel Center
830 B Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

Michele S. Supports Others Walking in Her Footsteps

Being homeless, Michele S. says, gave her a one-track mind. “From the time I got up, no matter where I was, all that I thought about was where I was going to sleep that night,” she says. “It was scary.”

Now living in her own apartment, Michele works for Marin Housing Authority and leads a weekly group at Enterprise Resource Center for women with a dual diagnosis of substance abuse and mental health issues. She’s enrolled at College of Marin.

“I’m astonished that I enjoy working with this population. But let me say this — homeless people are creative, tenacious, innovative and resilient,” she says.

Her own journey to stability began with Homeward Bound of Marin, including some months in our Palm Court supportive housing program.

“In five years, I hope to work in a treatment program. I’m so grateful to be where I am, grateful to Homeward Bound,” she says. “It shows what can happen when you do the footwork and get the support you need.”