We’ve launched site work to rebuild and expand Mill Street Center in San Rafael, where Homeward Bound has operated a year-round emergency shelter for adults since 1986.

Demolition of our old building started Nov. 10 to make way for a new, more efficient shelter serving 40+ adults, plus an additional 32 units of supportive housing. This project received a 5-0 vote of support from the San Rafael City Council in April.

An interim shelter will operate at 3301 Kerner Blvd. in San Rafael until we’re ready to open “Mill Street 2.0,” a four-story center with parking on the ground floor, the first-floor shelter and two floors above with 16 small apartments each to provide permanent housing for people who have struggled to find stability.

With on-site staff available around the clock, the expanded Mill Street 2.0 will offer a supportive environment with rooms designated for youth, gender-neutral spaces and dormitories with fewer beds per room to enhance peaceful rest.

Funding received to date for this project includes $4.5 million from the California Homeless Emergency Aid Program, $1.5 million from Partnership HealthPlan, $4.5 million from the state’s No Place Like Home program, $1.5 million from Marin Community Foundation, $1 million from the Nancy H. and James Kelso Fund and $100,000 from Tamalpais Pacific.

Stay tuned for more news about “Mill Street 2.0”! To help us down the home stretch, you can lend a hand with your gift.