Our Programs for Homeless Veterans

Homeward Bound is proud to serve veterans across our programs - we've been doing it for 50 years.

Veterans who need services can call our shelter team at 415-457-9651.

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Homeless veterans programs

Since 2000, a partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has reserved beds and helped provide specialized services at the New Beginnings Center shelter. We host a Veterans Affairs representative at our site to help veterans connect with benefits and housing vouchers.

Homeward Bound provides a case manager dedicated to serving veterans, who can help them locate housing options, employment training or community resources. In the 2022-23 fiscal year, 52 veterans received services at Homeward Bound.

a veteran stands in front of a door showing his key

Matt's story

Moving into his own apartment ended five years of couch-surfing and shelters for Matt. He also began a path to serving other veterans working to solve challenges.

“After I was housed for awhile, I wanted to do something to be of service. I get a lot of satisfaction out of it.

He volunteers for the Marin County Veterans Service Office in addition to a full-time job with Bayside Marin Treatment Center. His own journey through challenges came after six years with the U.S. Marines Reserves, including a year of active deployment in Iraq. “After I came home from Iraq, I started drinking a lot. I really didn’t have a lot of direction in my life,” Matt says. At Homeward Bound of Marin, Matt received support from our veteran services team to help resolve a pending disability claim and secure a housing voucher. He’s lived in his San Rafael home ever since.

“Homeward Bound offers actual support to veterans. It’s not just a place to sleep. There’s a clear path to housing.”

A veteran, Matt stares at the camera with trees behind

New housing for veterans

We’re creating a new veterans housing community in Novato that can end veteran homelessness in Marin County! Your gift will help make history as the county becomes the second in California to reach that goal.

The project expands our supportive housing programs in Novato with 24 small apartments for unhoused veterans. Community support has kept these homes for heroes moving steadily toward a Grand Opening in Spring 2024.

Learn about new housing for veterans
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Resources for veterans

For additional information about homeless veterans programs, please visit va.gov/homeless

Veterans Affairs Call Center
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


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Marin County Veterans Service Office
VA Senior Social Worker

Andrew's story

Gazing around his cozy home in Novato, Andrew S. says he’s happy with his peaceful place in the world as part of our Palm Court supportive housing program.

The U.S. Army veteran says the location meets all his needs, being just a short walk from groceries, bus, bank and a local park. Due to a brain injury, his memory has become spotty and he wanted simple routes for his regular errands.

Andrew spent years living outdoors in a tiny shelter on a ridge above Fairfax. “We never considered ourselves homeless,” he says, and he rejoiced in the nature around him.

As he got older, however, Andrew’s health worsened. He descended from his retreat to attend college and build a stable income, but ended up living on the street with seizures, migraines and vision problems.

Since coming to Homeward Bound, Andrew has reconnected with his family in Florida.