After 33 years, Homeward Bound of Marin is rebuilding the aging one-story building at 190 Mill St. that has served as Marin County’s year-round emergency shelter for adults since 1986. The new vision for the Mill Street Center will have four floors, including one level of covered parking, a 60-bed emergency shelter and two upper floors with 32 units of permanent supportive housing. Key government and foundation funders have already contributed more than $10 million of the estimated $15.6 million cost. The goal is to open the doors of the new 32,000-square-foot structure in the fall of 2021.
This program will offer a type of housing not currently available in Marin. The services will be designed to serve the most vulnerable people in our community, who struggle to find stability and maintain independence, with round-the-clock staff for added support to help them reach those goals. Tenants in the 32 small apartments will pay affordable rents, with residents on each floor sharing a kitchen and living room. A single front door will serve the entire building with staff offices on the ground floor.
In the shelter component, improvements will boost efficiency with kitchen upgrades and better bathroom facilities, including a gender-neutral bathroom. Smaller dormitory rooms will provide a quieter atmosphere for sleeping. The refurbished kitchen will include an industrial dishwasher to replace the household model that has served for years.
The future Mill Street Center will build on 33 years of successful services to deliver vital assistance into the future for people facing the turmoil of homelessness.