An unexpected rent increase uprooted Ann K. and her infant son from their Marin apartment, leaving them scrambling for housing they could afford. They lived by day in a shipping container and slept on a boat, walking down the street to use a public restroom.

In our new video, “Ann’s Story,” she talks about arriving at the Family Center, our year-round shelter for parents and children. The staff “gave me hope,” Ann says, and she worked hard to return to stability.

Our staff helped her think through her options and put her in touch with community resources like Marin Housing Authority. When Ann received a Section 8 “Housing Choice” voucher to help pay rent, our staff helped her locate an apartment.

Having a home base at the Family Center gave her the freedom to choose her next step, Ann says. She soon enrolled at College of Marin to study Early Childhood Education and now works for a local preschool.

We offer a range of services from emergency shelter to permanent supportive housing for families, which last year helped more than 125 children. Of those who left our programs last year, 81 percent moved to a housing opportunity.