King Street Senior Housing, our latest affordable housing program, took a step forward in February with a use permit approved by a 5-0 vote of the Larkspur Planning Commission.

Homeward Bound of Marin and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church are partnering to open the program for 11 low-income seniors and an on-site senior manager at 127 King St. in downtown Larkspur, a former convent for St. Patrick’s parish.

With use permit approval, the project can move toward gathering bids for a new roof, new windows and other upgrades with plans to welcome tenants by the end of the summer. Read more in a story from the Marin Independent Journal.

“This is the type of Marin housing that makes sense – to use existing housing to meet today’s needs,” says a letter submitted to planning commissioners by the Aging Action Initiative, one of dozens received to support the proposal.

“We are thrilled to be working with Monsignor Padazinski and St. Patrick’s parish to offer financially vulnerable seniors a new lease on life and, simultaneously, to renovate and reinvigorate a classic neighborhood home,” says Mary Kay Sweeney, Executive Director of Homeward Bound of Marin.

Residents in the program will be referred by the Marin Housing Authority from a list of seniors eligible for “housing choice,” also called Section 8, subsidies that allow them to pay 30 percent of their income in rent. For more information, please see the FAQs about King Street Senior Housing.