Homeward Bound of Marin will celebrate the grand opening of its new shelter and housing building on Aug. 25. The event is open to the public and will include tours, speakers and a ribbon-cutting, music and refreshments.
Formerly known as Mill Street Center, the redeveloped site at 190 Mill St. in San Rafael will be renamed “Jonathan’s Place” to honor a special donor’s son, who experienced homelessness in Marin.
Jonathan’s Place will offer a modern shelter for 40 people per night and 32 new units of permanent supportive housing on the top two floors. The $19 million building occupies the same site where Homeward Bound has operated Marin County’s year-round emergency shelter for adults since 1986.
“We can’t wait to open these doors of transformation for people who have struggled beyond our imagination and celebrate this place of homecoming with the community,” said Mary Kay Sweeney, co-chief executive officer of Homeward Bound.
Construction began in 2020 on the 32,000-square-foot building. Homeward Bound has offered shelter services since then at an interim site in San Rafael. The new supportive housing floors will expand services for people who have experienced prolonged periods of homelessness. Tenants in these one-room units will pay affordable rents and have access to round-the-clock staff on-site for added support. There is no charge for shelter services.
To help launch programs at Jonathan’s Place with a tax-deductible gift, visit hbofm.org/donate. Learn more about Jonathan’s Place and other Homeward Bound of Marin programs at hbofm.org.