Our new veterans community received unanimous approval on Tuesday, Aug. 23, from the Novato City Council. The project will break ground in November to start construction.

The plan for 24 small apartments for unhoused veterans will be Phase 1 of a larger development adjacent to Homeward Bound headquarters in Novato. With their vote, the City Council also gave the green light to 26 more supportive housing units and space to expand our culinary social enterprise ventures.

Given the current knowledge of local unhoused veterans, we believe this new community has the capacity to make Marin County among the first in California to end veteran homelessness!

The supportive housing program to be developed later will provide 26 small apartments for individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness. A production kitchen, classroom space and event room will support Homeward Bound’s social enterprises, which offer supportive employment for homeless and low-income adults.

Homeward Bound has provided specialized services for homeless veterans at New Beginning Center for more than 20 years in a partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In the year ended June 30, 2022, Homeward Bound programs served 54 veterans.