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 one level of covered parking, an emergency shelter with 40+ beds and two upper floors with 32 units of permanent supportive housing.

We’ve raised more than $17.6 million of the $19 million cost to open the doors of the new center in 2022. Construction began in early 2021. You can help us close the gap to complete this project when you give now to our campaign. Thanks to a generous donor, your gift by May 1 will receive a dollar-for-dollar match up to $50,000!

Our 32,000-square-foot building will offer a type of housing not currently available in Marin. Our program will serve the most vulnerable people in our community, who struggle to find stability and maintain independence, 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; and Marin Community Foundation, $1.5 million.

For more information about funding opportunities, please see “The Road Home With Mill Street Center” or contact us at 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!