Oma Village is a new community of 14 small rental homes for families transitioning out of homelessness – a new model for modern, green affordable housing in Marin County.
This $6.5 million project came 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 began moving to the site in early 2017, forming a supportive community where residents have access to continuing services from Homeward Bound on-site staff as needed.
Services at Oma Village focus particularly on children, including two playgrounds and room for family activities in our community building. Hear from one of our families in a new video: Leo and Nina’s Story.
Fixed rents 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 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.