Homeward Bound of Marin and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church are partnering to create King Street Senior Housing, an affordable housing program for 12 seniors at 127 King St. in downtown Larkspur.

The church has agreed to a 35-year lease for the program at the former convent building, which has been vacant for several years. Homeward Bound will invest in a new roof, new windows and other upgrades with plans to welcome tenants in the second half of 2018. Larkspur planning officials will begin reviewing the proposal in January.

Eleven tenants and a resident manager, also a senior, will occupy the building. Homeward Bound will provide a full-time program coordinator to meet with residents, oversee maintenance, and connect the seniors with community resources as needed.

“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. Each tenant will sign an Occupancy Agreement and Code of Conduct with Homeward Bound of Marin.

For more information, please see the FAQs about King Street Senior Housing.