New Veterans Housing
We’re expanding our supportive housing programs in Novato with a plan that would end veteran homelessness in Marin, providing up to 24 small apartments in Phase 1 of redevelopment for 2.8 acres adjoining Homeward Bound’s main campus.
The veterans’ housing would be followed by additional apartments for individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness as well as a manufacturing kitchen for social enterprise businesses like our Wagster Treats dog biscuits.
An array of dilapidated warehouses now occupies the property, commonly known as the “HUD Parcel.” The first building phase, estimated to cost $10 million, could begin in 2021.
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 16 beds reserved for veterans, our services include counseling and case management plus on-site access to a Veterans Affairs representative. In the year ending June 30, 2020, New Beginnings Center served 30 veterans.
With community partners, Homeward Bound has identified homeless veterans in Marin who are not housed currently and foresees being able to accommodate everyone on that list when this project reaches completion.
“We look forward to the day that we open the doors to this much-needed affordable housing development and welcome our veterans into a home of their own,” says Mary Kay Sweeney, executive director of Homeward Bound of Marin.
On June 12, the state’s Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention Program announced a $3 million grant to our project. Other key funding comes from the County of Marin and Marin Community Foundation, which have contributed $2 million each. The Novato City Council voted to grant $750,000 from in-lieu housing funds to offset development fees for Phase 1. Support for pre-development costs came from Marin Community Foundation ($200,000) and Tamalpais Pacific ($100,000).
Exterior design and landscape plans for the site received unanimous approval in January from the Novato Design Review Commission. Read the endorsement of our plan in a recent editorial by the Marin Independent Journal.
For more information or to learn about funding opportunities, please email us or call 415-382-3363 x213. We’re happy to discuss our veterans’ services and how this new housing community will offer the foundation that Marin’s homeless veterans need to rebuild their futures.