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Are you currently homeless and in need of assistance?

Call 415-457-INFO

Are you currently housed but at risk of losing your housing?

Call 415-454-0366

Like cities across the country,  homelessness is a top priority for our community.  The City Council is spearheading a variety of initiatives to address homelessness including: the Downtown Streets Team,  a Mental Health Resource Officer position in our Police Department, and individualized paths back to housing for our most at-risk residents through the HOT team.  We work closely with local organizations like the County of Marin's Health & Human Services, the Ritter Center,  St. Vincent De Paul and Homeward Bound of Marin.  Learn more about the City's efforts on this issue in the blog posts below. 

Community Partners

In Marin since 1946, St. Vincent’s does much more than just provide 200,000 warm meals every year at its Free Dining Room on B Street. St. Vincent’s provides homelessness prevention services to over 1,000 households a year, manages the Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) to address chronic homelessness, and hosts Community Court – a court diversion program.

In addition to being Marin’s primary emergency shelter provider, Homeward Bound also operates 353 units of supportive housing units, provides medical respite care saving the community $2.5M a year in medical costs, and provides job training opportunities through its Fresh Starts Culinary Academy and Wagster social enterprise.

Downtown Streets Team is a work experience program that provides volunteer opportunities for men and women experiencing homelessness. The San Rafael team has provided over 60,000 hours of beautification and cleanup services and helped almost 100 people regain employment. DST has also taken over management of the Marin Mobile Care mobile shower program.

The Ritter Center is Marin’s primary healthcare provider for people experiencing homelessness. Serving approximately 1,500 unhoused people at their clinic in Downtown San Rafael, Ritter specializes in providing wraparound medical, psychiatric, case management, and behavior health support to Marin’s most vulnerable.

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