Oma Village has begun welcoming its first families to leave homelessness behind in a community of 14 small rental homes – a new model for modern, green affordable housing in Marin County.
This $6.5 million project has come to fruition in Novato with major funding partners like the County of Marin, City of Novato, Marin Community Foundation and the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael as well as a host of community donors. HomeAid Northern California, the charitable arm of the building industry, enlisted building professionals to offer services at a discount for a total savings of more than $1,000,000.
Work on Oma Village began in 2012 with purchase of the property at 5394 Nave Drive, which formerly was occupied by a 30-bed drug and alcohol rehabilitation program for men. Families moving to this site will be referred from other Homeward Bound programs, with continuing support services and property maintenance provided by our staff.
Services at Oma Village will focus particularly on children, including a homework club, room for tutoring and family activities in our community building. See some of our story in this KTVU Channel 2 report.
Fixed rents will allow families to build savings as their careers advance, ultimately making the leap to market-rate housing. By capitalizing this project up-front, Homeward Bound can plan to operate the program with the modest rents covering all costs.
To learn more about Oma Village, please contact Deputy Director Paul Fordham at (415) 382-3363 x211.