Founded in 1974, Homeward Bound of Marin believes that effective services and community partnership can achieve the critical goal of ending homelessness. Our programs assist people experiencing homelessness to build resilience and lay the foundation for a self-sufficient lifestyle.

Homeward Bound of Marin operates emergency shelters for both families and single adults, which serve as the “front door” for our services. We are part of the “coordinated entry” partnership, a countywide strategy for eligibility and access to shelter services.

If you are a single adult who needs help, please contact our shelter services team at 415-457-9651. Available beds will be assessed at 10 a.m. Monday for intake appointments to be scheduled on Wednesday or Thursday. Families who need shelter services should call 415-457-2115 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. any day.

Family Center – shelter for families

430 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, CA 94901
1-866-660-4288 TTY English
1-866-288-1311 TTY Spanish

Mill Street Center – shelter for adults

Temporarily located at 3301 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael, CA 94901
415-457-9651 or 800-428-1488
1-866-660-4288 TTY English
1-866-288-1311 TTY Spanish

People in need also may contact these agencies for services:

St. Vincent de Paul Society Free Dining Room
820 B Street, San Rafael, CA 94901
Open from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. serving free breakfast and lunch

Ritter Center
16 Ritter Street, San Rafael, CA 94912
Showers, information, emergency clothing and food, laundry

Marin County Veterans Service Office
10 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA  94903
Sean Stephens, Veterans Service Officer
Help with benefits and access to services

Helen Vine Detox Center
301 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael, CA 94903
Counseling and treatment for people working to overcome drug or alcohol addiction

Center for Domestic Peace
Hotline in English — 415-924-6616
Hotline in Spanish – 415-924-3456
Men’s Hotline – 415-924-1070
Emergency shelter and support groups for people involved in domestic violence

Searchable database of social service agencies in the Bay Area
Dial 211 or 800-273-6222 for phone referrals

Homeward Bound is committed to equal opportunity and equal consideration without regard to race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, color, creed, gender, age, disability or any other protected class. We adhere to privacy protection guidelines issued by the Marin County Continuum of Care – please read the Privacy Notice for details.