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Category: Homeless Initiatives

Homelessness and Housing: February 2024 Update

City Surveys Individuals in Encampments In December 2023, the City partnered with local service providers to conduct a needs assessment survey in San Rafael’s largest encampments. The survey teams compiled 60 responses, representing more than 80% of the individuals in the Mahon Creek area encampment. The results documented the important fact that people experiencing homelessness … Continued

Homelessness and Housing: December 2023 Update

Camping Ordinance Update The City of San Rafael continues to work under a Federal District Court order on the implementation of its camping ordinance passed in July 2023.  On October 19th , the Court issued a preliminary injunction order that provided modified spacing rules allowing up to four individuals to camp together, in a 400 … Continued

Camping Ordinance Implementation Approach & Plan

Human-Centered Approach  The City is preparing to implement the City’s new camping ordinance adopted on July 17, 2023, with court-mandated conditions. Staff are collaborating with service providers and members of the unhoused community (Marin County Lived Experience Advisory Board) to facilitate a human-centered, trauma informed approach, which will focus on voluntary compliance and incentives/assistance first, … Continued

Homelessness and Housing: November 2023 Updates

Successful Seeds of Hope Event On November 6, the City of San Rafael and County of Marin Health and Human Services co-hosted the 6th Seeds of Hope lunch and service provider fair.  The event invites people experiencing homelessness to receive meals, donations, and housing-focused services.  The turnout was wonderful, and 23 service providers assisted attendees … Continued

Homelessness and Housing: August 2023 Updates

City Camping Ordinance Update  On July 17th, City Council adopted Ordinance 2030 to address unregulated encampments on public property by persons experiencing homelessness in the City.  The ordinance would prohibit establishing any camping area within 200 ft. of another camping area. Each camping area would also be limited in size to 10 ft. by 10 … Continued

Extension of Administrative Order: Falkirk/Menzies camping prohibition (Temporary)

Extension of Administrative Order: Falkirk/Menzies camping prohibition (Temporary) The City Manager of the City of San Rafael has extended the Administrative Order temporarily prohibiting camping in or on non-Open Space portions of the Falkirk Cultural Center and Menzies Parking Lot, in the City of San Rafael. The effective date of the Order has been continued … Continued

Homeless Encampment Fire, Assault, and Proposed Camping Ordinance

  San Rafael, CA – On 07/14/2023, San Rafael Police Department officers arrested a fifty-five-year-old San Rafael resident, for assaulting a victim and setting a tent on fire in the area of the Mahon Creek path, where a large homeless encampment has grown significantly over the last several months. The victim was treated and is … Continued

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