The City Council approved roughly $260,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funds to go towards additional Case Workers through the County of Marin (also known as case managers) to help people take advantage of the housing vouchers made available through the federal stimulus program. These Case Workers are being hired and deployed in the City to help people resolve their homelessness.
Why is there homelessness in San Rafael? From 2017 to 2019, 80% of counties in California witnessed increased in homelessness. However, Marin was not one of them. Over that same period of time, Marin County had a 7% overall decrease, a 28% decrease in chronic homelessness, and San Rafael saw a 30% decrease in unsheltered homelessness.
Work remains, but our strategy is getting measurable results.