January 25, 2017 - News

Oma Village Welcomes First Families

Five families have begun moving into Oma Village, our new supportive housing program for families, capping a five-year effort to create 14 small rental homes for homeless families in Novato.

“It’s life-changing,” says Shykiel Bird, who signed a lease for a two-bedroom apartment. His family’s new home includes a bedroom for Mom and Dad, with a separate room for their two daughters, and opens onto a courtyard with a playground.

Volunteers are assembling furniture to set up the remaining apartments and the community room, which includes a laundry, staff office and space for workshops or gatherings for the families.

Homeward Bound purchased the property in 2012 and completed the project with key contributions from the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, Marin Community Foundation, County of Marin and HomeAid Northern California, the charitable arm of the Building Industry Association. Private grants and gifts amounted to more than $2 million.

See Oma Village on KTVU: Five families go from being homeless to new homes…