Category: Homeless Initiatives

SSA Transitioning

The City of San Rafael created the Service Support Area (SSA) on July 6th, 2021, for those experiencing homelessness to provide a safe space to receive specialized services and assist in identifying paths to permanent housing.  The area where the SSA is located was a Caltrans-owned space where individuals experiencing homelessness had been staying and … Continued

Getting to know the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin has been serving San Rafael since 1946. With a long history of collaboration, St. Vincent de Paul has successfully partnered with the community in their journey to end hunger, poverty, and homelessness in Marin. Their free dining … Continued

Request for Proposals Homeless Outreach Services – May 2022

The Marin County Council of Mayors and Councilmembers (MCCMC) and the Marin Managers Association (MMA) represent all the cities and towns in Marin County. Several years ago, the MCCMC created a Community Homeless Fund where cities and towns, and the County of Marin, allocate funds for certain homelessness services. This Request for Proposals (“RFP”) is … Continued

SSA Update: March 2022 – SSA Receives Encampment Resolution Funding from the State

Getting to know the Ritter Center The City of San Rafael has partnered with Caltrans, the County of Marin, CHP, and multiple service organizations to provide enhanced services for individuals experiencing homelessness via designated service support areas (SSA).  SSAs are designated spaces with security, restrooms, handwashing stations, garbage pick-up, regular outreach and service referrals, and … Continued

SSA Update: Meditation Stories + Weather Support

The City of San Rafael continues to successfully operate the temporary Service Support Area (SSA) for those experiencing homelessness. Individuals are in a safe place (the City funds security 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) where they can connect with a variety of services including mobile showers, case management, charging stations, and food donations.  The site … Continued

SSA Update: Personal Stories + Donation Opportunities

The City of San Rafael continues to successfully operate the temporary Service Support Area (SSA) for those experiencing homelessness. The rain has certainly had an effect on the SSA, but the City and local partners have been quick to help keep the area dry. City staff are assisting by building platforms to keep tents elevated and out of puddles with lumber donated by Golden State Lumber, re-routing … Continued

Homelessness and Housing: Service Support Area Update

The City of San Rafael continues to operate the Service Support Areas (SSA) for those experiencing homelessness and continues to see positive results. As part of the collaboration with Caltrans, the County of Marin, CHP, and multiple service organizations, this designated space located between Fifth and Mission in downtown San Rafael provides: Full time security Restrooms Handwashing stations Garbage pick-up Regular … Continued

Homelessness Update: Service Support Area

Support Service Area Connects Unhoused Individuals with Service Providers and a Path to Getting Housed The City of San Rafael continues to provide services for those experiencing homelessness in the Service Support Area that was launched on July 6th. As part of the collaboration with Caltrans, the County of Marin, CHP, and multiple service organizations, the City started this expanded … Continued

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