Developing Veterans and Workforce Housing in Novato
Homeward Bound proposes building 24 units of supportive housing for homeless veterans and 26 units of affordable workforce housing for the 2.8-acre site known as the “HUD parcel.” The proposal includes a manufacturing kitchen for Wagster Treats – a growing social enterprise operated by Homeward Bound – and space for community classes in cooking or baking.
The plan calls for a total of three buildings: two housing structures, each two stories tall, and a single-story building for culinary activities. A cluster of dilapidated warehouses now occupies the property. As part of the plan, Homeward Bound would hold a 55-year ground lease for the property at a cost of $1 per year. Total construction costs for this project are estimated to be $25,000,000.
The proposed development expands successful housing and social enterprise programs at the adjacent property, which includes the Next Key Apartments, and the training kitchen for Fresh Starts Culinary Academy. By adding the units designated for veterans, Homeward Bound estimates Marin will be one of the first counties in California to effectively end veteran homelessness.