Mill Street Center

Homeward Bound of Marin held a Grand Opening party on Thursday, Aug. 25, for the shelter and housing program at 190 Mill St. in San Rafael. We’re renaming our new center as “Jonathan’s Place” to honor a special donor’s son, who experienced homelessness in Marin. Read more about the Grand Opening in the Marin Independent Journal.

Our new center has four floors with covered parking, a shelter with 40+ beds and two upper floors with 32 units of permanent supportive housing. Construction began in early 2021 on the site where Homeward Bound has operated Marin County’s year-round emergency shelter for adults since 1986.

With your support, we’ve raised 99% of our $19 million fundraising goal for construction. You can help create a welcoming place for people who struggle to find a home when you give now to help launch our programs at Jonathan’s Place. Learn about ways to help our programs get started.

Our 32,000-square-foot building will offer a type of housing not currently available in Marin. This program will serve the most vulnerable people in our community with round-the-clock staff for added support. The San Rafael City Council gave final approval to the project in 2020 with a 5-0 vote!

Tenants in the 32 small apartments will pay affordable rents, with each floor sharing a kitchen and living room. A single front door will serve the entire building, with staff offices on the ground floor.

The renovated shelter will be more efficient with kitchen upgrades and better bathroom facilities, including a gender-neutral bathroom. Smaller dormitory rooms will offer a quieter atmosphere for sleeping.

Key government and foundation funders include the California Homeless Emergency Aid Program, $4.5 million; Partnership HealthPlan, $1.5 million; the state’s No Place Like Home program, $4.5 million; Marin Community Foundation, $1.5 million; and the City of San Rafael, $1.1 million.

For more information, please email us or call 415-382-3363 x213. With your help, Jonathan’s Place will deliver vital assistance into the future for people facing the turmoil of homelessness!