Veterans Housing Opens with Community Celebration

June 15, 2024

Eight people holding scissors smile as they cut red ribbon to symbolically open the new veterans housing.

More than 200 people gathered with local leaders and our team to cut the ribbon on the new veterans housing community. The Grand Opening event celebrated the myriad partners and supporters who worked hand-in-hand to bring these 24 new homes to life.

“These new homes will be a beacon of hope for veterans,” said Mary Kay Sweeney, our Co-Chief Executive Officer. “It will honor their service to our community and our country.”

A brass band and honor guard from the Novato chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars joined the festivities, which could herald the end of veteran homelessness in Marin.

“A collaborative of agencies has worked diligently to reduce Marin County’s number of veterans experiencing homelessness from over 100 to the current count of 26,” says Co-Chief Executive Officer Paul Fordham.

That means the number of unhoused veterans may drop to “functional zero” when the building is fully occupied, a point where solutions can be found quickly when any veteran falls into homelessness. “We’re not there yet but it’s our goal,” he says.

Eligible veterans have been touring the one-bedroom units, which are fully equipped with housewares, linens and other necessities. The first residents could move into their new homes in August. Read more in the Marin Independent Journal.