Homeward Bound will extend services to 10 more families transitioning from homelessness to housing with a $562,000 grant awarded by the County of Marin. The program begins July 1.
The five-year grant expands on the success of our Families First program, which currently serves up to 17 families.
These “housing first” services will focus on assisting families as they regain stability, secure housing vouchers, move into a new home and build economic resources for long-term independence.
Based on experience in similar programs, families often arrive with overlapping challenges such as trauma related to domestic violence, substance use disorder and struggles with mental health. A recent assessment found more than 60 unhoused families who could be eligible for these services.
There will be no time limit for families to receive services, though it’s expected that they may seek less support as they build resilience and transition fully to housing in the community. Last year, 92% of families who exited from our Family Programs at Homeward Bound moved to stable housing.