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Housing Help Desk

People without housing are invited to visit our Housing Help Desk for emergency assistance and housing counseling.

If you are sleeping outside, in a car or on someone’s couch in Marin, we encourage you to visit our Housing Help Desk. We understand that this is a very high-risk situation than can quickly get worse without help.

How can we help you?

Right Now

We can provide you with some basic items (blanket, clean socks, toiletries) and may provide limited financial aid for critical needs. We can try to place you in temporary shelter programs, including our Rotating Emergency Shelter Team (REST) option from November to April.

Into the Future

We can assess your barriers to housing and create a personal housing plan that will allow us to work with you to remove those barriers and find a place to live. Once suitable housing is located, we may be able to help with some of the initial expenses and support you through the transition back into housing.

What should I do to get help?

We welcome you to visit our Housing Help Desk Monday – Friday to see how we can help you. Spanish-speaking volunteers are available. The Housing Help Desk is located above our Free Dining Room at 822 B Street in San Rafael. Sign-ups begin at 10:45 am each day. Please sign-in at the counter when you arrive. People are seen on a “first come, first served” basis. Appointments are also available upon request.

Quick links to other low-income and homeless related services:

  • Ritter Center
    Healthcare, day services and support for homeless people
  • Homeward Bound of Marin
    Individual and family resources for emergency, temporary, and transitional housing and support in Marin
  • Buckelew Programs
    Services and housing to increase the self-sufficiency and enhancing the quality of life for adults with mental illness in Marin, Napa and Sonoma
  • County of Marin Housing Authority
    Assistance to secure and maintain high quality, affordable housing for low and moderate-income residents of Marin
  • Gilead House
    Located in Novato, California, Gilead House is a residential home that houses up to six families. Each family receives a private bedroom, bathroom, and closet.
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa
    This is a first point of contact if you are homeless or at imminent danger of becoming homeless. The center provides resources, counseling, intake for shelters, and other services for those in need. It also has showers, laundry, telephone, and mail services for your use.
  • Canal Alliance
    Services, education and legal resources for low-income Spanish speaking immigrants in Marin.

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