Work has begun to turn part of Our Lady of Lourdes convent in San Rafael into transitional housing space for two struggling families.

The Dominican Sisters of San Rafael plan to open the site later this year, with Homeward Bound as partners to refer eligible families and provide support services.

Their program, which got unanimous approval in May from the San Rafael City Council, will serve two homeless single parents with children under 8 years old. The families would be able to stay for up to two years, with the program set to close after that time.

“We’ve been thrilled to collaborate with the sisters, who have a longstanding commitment to justice and equity,” says Mary Kay Sweeney, Executive Director at Homeward Bound.

The unused wing of the convent, known as the “yellow hallway,” will get a new kitchen and front door to accommodate the families. Read more in a story from the Marin Independent Journal.