We’re expanding our supportive housing programs in Novato with a plan that will end veteran homelessness in Marin, providing 24 small apartments. The new veterans housing will be Phase 1 of redevelopment for 2.8 acres adjoining Homeward Bound’s main campus.

In a second phase, the project will add 26 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 $12 million, could begin in late 2022. 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, 2021, our programs served 51 veterans.

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

“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.

The 2021 California state budget included $4 million for this project, following a $3 million grant in 2020 from the state’s Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention Program.  Other key funding comes from the County of Marin, which has committed more than $2.2 million for the site. The Marin Community Foundation also contributed $2 million. The City of Novato and Tamalpais Pacific gave significant support for pre-development costs.

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 the Marin Independent Journal.

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.