We’re expanding our supportive housing programs in Novato with a plan for new veterans housing that provides 24 small apartments. The new veterans housing has the potential to make Marin County one of the first in California to end homelessness for all who honored our freedoms with their military service.

The veterans housing community is Phase 1 of a larger development that received approval in August from the Novato City Council. Another 26 apartments for individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness will be built later, along with a manufacturing kitchen, offices and teaching space for our culinary social enterprises.

An array of dilapidated warehouses now occupies the property, commonly known as the “HUD Parcel.” The new veterans housing and basic site work for the later development phases are expected to finish in 2024. Your gift to end veteran homelessness will help us get started!

Homeward Bound now serves homeless veterans at the New Beginnings Center shelter in a partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Along with 12 beds reserved for veterans, our services include counseling and case management. We also host a Veterans Affairs representative on our site. In the year ending June 30, 2022, our programs served 54 veterans.

With community partners, Homeward Bound has identified homeless veterans in Marin who are not housed currently. We expect our new supportive housing will be able to accommodate everyone on that list.

“This significant and timely project marks a milestone for our community,’ says Mary Kay Sweeney, Co-Chief Executive Officer for Homeward Bound. “Ending veteran homelessness is a goal that we have all been working toward because it’s absolutely the right thing to do.”

Key funding to launch the new veterans housing comes from a $4 million California state budget allocation; a $3 million grant from the California Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention Program; a $2 million commitment from the County of Marin, and $2.2 million from Marin Community Foundation. The City of Novato and Tamalpais Pacific gave significant support for pre-development costs.

We’d love to tell you more about the Hamilton HUD Parcel project and how this new housing community will offer the foundation that Marin’s homeless veterans need to rebuild their futures. For more information about the Hamilton HUD Parcel project or to learn about funding opportunities, please email us or call 415-382-3363 x216.