Mill Street Center

After 34 years, Homeward Bound of Marin is rebuilding the aging one-story building at 190 Mill St. in San Rafael that has served as Marin County’s year-round emergency shelter for adults since 1986. The new Mill Street Center will have four floors, including 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 93 percent of the $15.8 million cost estimated to open the doors of the new center in Fall 2021. You can help us close the gap and break ground this year when you give now to this campaign.

Our 32,000-square-foot building will offer a type of housing not currently available in Marin. The services will be designed to serve the most vulnerable people in our community, who struggle to find stability and maintain independence, with round-the-clock staff for added support to help them reach those goals. The San Rafael City Council gave final approval to the project in April with a 5-0 vote!

Tenants in the 32 small apartments will pay affordable rents, with residents on 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. The refurbished kitchen will include an industrial dishwasher to replace the household model that has served for years.

Government and foundation funders, along with a handful of key individuals, have contributed more than $14.7 million to date. Stay tuned for more news about “Mill Street 2.0.”

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!