Homeward Bound has introduced plans to develop housing and expand space for supportive employment ventures adjacent to our Next Key Center in the Hamilton area of Novato.

This proposal, now under preliminary review by the City of Novato, includes 24 units of supportive housing for homeless veterans and 26 units of affordable workforce housing on the 2.8-acre site known as the “HUD parcel.” The proposal includes a manufacturing kitchen for Wagster Treats, the gourmet dog biscuits produced by Homeward Bound, and space for small cooking or baking classes.

The plan calls for a total of three buildings: two housing structures, each two stories tall, and a single-story building for culinary activities. A cluster of dilapidated warehouses now occupies the property.

The proposed development expands successful housing and social enterprise programs at the adjacent property, which houses the training kitchen for Fresh Starts Culinary Academy, and the Next Key Apartments. By adding the units designated for veterans, Homeward Bound estimates Marin can be one of the first counties in the state to effectively end veteran homelessness.

As part of the plan, Homeward Bound would hold a 55-year ground lease for the property at a cost of $1 per year.