Mill Street Center

Homeward Bound of Marin is building a new shelter and housing program at 190 Mill St. in San Rafael, the site of Marin County’s year-round emergency shelter for adults since 1986. Our new Mill Street Center will have 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 and we’re getting closer to completion every day! We plan to open the doors in late summer of 2022.

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 us down the final stretch with a gift to open the new Mill Street Center.

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. You can get an insider look at the layout with architectural plans of the shelter and upper floors.

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, the future Mill Street Center will deliver vital assistance into the future for people facing the turmoil of homelessness!