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Marin County Housing Services

Looking for housing, shelters, food, and additional community resources in Marin County and the greater Bay Area?

211 is a toll-free phone number that connects callers with local community services, such as food, shelter, counseling, employment assistance, quality child care and more. Click on the link below and select a county to get more information

Housing Support

Marin Housing Assist line

Primary Housing Resources

MCIL (Marin Center for Independent Living)

The Marin Center for Independent Living offers a wide array of services for the betterment of your independence.

Services Include: Assistive Technology, Attendant Referral/Personal Assistant Services, Benefits Planning, "Bob Roberts" Client Assistance Fund, Information & Referral, Independent Living Skills Training, Individual Advocacy, Home Modifications, Housing Assistance, Peer Counseling, System Change Advocacy.

710 Fourth Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

Phone: 415-459-6245
TTY: 415-459-7027

Marin Family Action

Marin Family Action (MFA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower low-income families and individuals to actively participate in improving their social and economic quality of life.

Our objective is to educate families and individuals on using resources provided by MFA, including understanding their credit reports, their rights as consumers, dealing with credit card companies, answering credit card judgments, filing for bankruptcy, and understanding how to stabilize their finances through adult and youth financial literacy workshops.

For an appointment and office schedule, please call:


EAH Housing

EAH Housing is a nonprofit corporation founded with the belief that attractive affordable rental housing is the cornerstone to sustainable, living communities.

The vision of EAH Housing is of balanced communities comprised of people of many income levels, educational backgrounds, job skills, religions, and races, with attractive and affordable housing. We believe this balance enhances the quality and richness of all our lives.

2169 E. Francisco Blvd. Suite B
San Rafael, CA 94901

Phone: 415-258-1800
Fax: 415-453-4927
TTY: 800-735-2929

Marin Housing

The Housing Authority of the County of Marin, "Marin Housing" is a public corporation authorized to provide decent, safe and sanitary housing for low and moderate income people. We are empowered to undertake all activities necessary to accomplish this public purpose, including acquiring property, developing housing, issuing tax-exempt bonds, entering into mortgages, trust indentures, leases, condemning property, borrowing money, accepting grants, and managing property.

4020 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael CA 94903

Phone: 415-491-2525
Fax: 415-472-2186
TDD: 800-735-2929

Mercy Housing

Mercy Housing gives a home to low-income families, seniors, individuals and people with special needs.

Mercy Housing serves more than 144,000 people on any given day. We have participated in the development, preservation and/or financing of nearly 43,000 affordable homes. We are one of only a few national organizations that provide affordable housing for all low- and moderate-income populations. We serve families, seniors, and people with special needs with the full spectrum of affordable housing, including supportive housing for the formerly homeless, transitional housing, permanent rental, and affordable homeownership opportunities.

Mercy Housing California
San Francisco Office
1360 Mission Street
Suite 300
San Francisco, California 94103

Phone: 415-355-7100
Fax: 415-355-7101

Fireside Apartments

Located in Unincorporated Marin County, The Fireside provides 50 new affordable apartments and a community center for lower income seniors, families and individuals with special needs. In partnership with Homeward Bound of Marin and Marin County Community Mental Health, a robust package of supportive social services is offered to Fireside residents. The Fireside was developed by Citizens Housing Corporation and recently transferred to Eden Housing, Inc.

Contact the office for more information about the waitlist.

115 Shoreline Highway
Mill Valley, CA 94941

Phone: 415-331-8500
Fax: 415-331-8501
Rental & Deposit Aid

Adopt a Family (Families)

Adopt A Family provides subsidies for rental assistance, security deposits, utility payments, food vouchers and auto repair. By providing basic assistance to families, we help prevent the dangerous slide into homelessness for many families who would otherwise be without help. We take immediate actions to help families stabilize their lives. We work with parents to develop goals, make action plans and follow through toward a better life.

496 B Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

Phone: 415-456-7805
Fax: 415-456-5422

Canal Community Allianc

Canal Alliance is a comprehensive community resource centre that helps low-income, Spanish-speaking immigrants from the greater Marin through access to health and social services, youth development, economic security, and citizenship. We provide the full spectrum of immigrant integration initiatives under one roof - from basic services to systemic solutions. No other single organization offers Marin's immigrant community the breadth of services that we do.

Canal Alliance es un centro comunitario de recursos donde se desarrolla la autosuficiencia y el liderazgo en la comunidad inmigrante de bajos ingresos del condado de Marin, a través del acceso a programas de salud y servicios sociales, desarrollo de la juventud, la seguridad económica, y la ciudadanía. Ofrecemos toda la gama de iniciativas de integración de los inmigrantes bajo un mismo techo - desde servicios básicos hasta de soluciones sistémicas. Ninguna otra organización ofrece a la comunidad inmigrante de Marin los servicios en la amplitud en la que nosotros lo hacemos.

29 Mary Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

Phone 415-485-1489
Fax 415-457-9677

Community Action Marin

From the beginning, CAM has acted as a laboratory for innovative methods of addressing causes of poverty in Marin. Many successful local programs originated within the Agency including the Marin Food Bank, Ritter Center, the Farmer's Market and Homeward Bound. Today, CAM's practical and timely programs emphasize education, nutrition, mental health, emergency services, asset development and more.

The Agency works to provide rapid response to clients facing a personal or economic crisis. Such events can plunge families into desperate circumstances such as loss of home, jobs, household goods, credit, and other hardships. The Central Administration's Client Advocate is available to those who have not found services elsewhere.

29 Mary Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

Phone 415-485-1489
Fax 415-457-9677

Housing Authority Deposit Guarantee

The RDG (Rental Deposit Guarantee) program was set up in the late 1980s to help low-income renters with move-in costs and security deposits. The housing authority, which manages approximately 1,800 Section 8 units, encourages landlords to accept the security deposit from the tenant in installments, with no interest. Payment plans typically range from two to six months. If the landlord agrees, the housing authority issues a certificate guaranteeing the payment if the tenant fails to pay. On average, the amount guaranteed per family is about $500, but RDG Program rules allow as much as $800.

4020 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael CA 94903

Phone: 415-491-2525
Fax: 415-472-2186
TDD: 800-735-2929

Novato Human Needs Center

As a Novato nonprofit organization, we help low-income people overcome their crises and move toward self-sufficiency by providing a variety of local services including:

  • • One time financial assistance for families with children living in the home, seniors or disabled adults. Single adults at risk of being homeless may also be eligible depending upon availability of funds.
  • • Families who are homeless or are at risk of being homeless can be provided with a one-time payment of rent or mortgage to prevent a loss of housing.

1907 Novato Boulevard
Novato, CA 94947

Phone: 415-897-4147
Fax: 415-897-7171

Ritter Center

Ritter Center, based in downtown San Rafael, is a community-based nonprofit organization that has assisted Marin's low-income and homeless population for over 30 years. We help the homeless and very low-income residents of Marin - individuals and families - stabilize their lives by offering a number of social services: case management; primary health care, specialty care coordination, mental health therapy and substance abuse counseling; supplementary food and clothing; emergency financial assistance; showers, laundry, and restroom facilities; general delivery mail and voicemail. All of our programs and services are provided free of charge.

P.O. Box 3517
San Rafael, CA 94912

Phone: 415-457-8182
Fax: 415-457-7471

St. Vincent De Paul Society 454-3303

Our goal is straightforward: to provide services to the poor and those in need of Marin County who might not otherwise receive help. Services include:

  • motel stays for homeless and stranded families
  • Rental Deposit assistance
  • • Transportation
  • • Prescription medications
  • • Blankets
  • • Food
  • • Clothing, toiletries and other essentials

Each week in Marin County, volunteers from the Society visit people struggling to make ends meet in their homes to help them get through life's struggles. The primary goal of these visits is to prevent homelessness. We do this by providing rental assistance, utility bill payments, food and more. Cash is never distributed to clients; all needs are verified with appropriate third parties, and all assistance is paid directly to landlords, utility companies, etc. We are especially committed to keeping children housed, to provide the stability and security that all children need to thrive.

820 B Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

Phone: 415-454-3303
Fax: 415-454-3406

Women Helping All People

We are a recognized agency of Southern Marin for Housing, Rental and Critical Family Needs help, referrals, and counseling (a collaboration effort with "Community Action of Marin" organization).

79 Cole Drive
Suite 5
Marin City, CA 94965

Phone: 415-332-1703
Fax : 415-332-1725

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound of Marin operates 14 programs for homeless men, women and children, offering 450 beds per night and serving approximately 1,400 people each year. In 2010-11, 90% of the families served and 83% of adults completing our programs moved out of homelessness and into housing.

We administer our programs in three main divisions designed to meet particular sets of needs: Family Services, Adult Services and Mental Health Services. Each comprises inter-related residential programs and support services.

Family Center
430 Mission Ave.
San Rafael, CA 94901

Mill Street Center
190 Mill St.
San Rafael, CA 94901

Voyager Carmel Center
830 B St.
San Rafael, CA 94901

New Beginnings Center
1399 N. Hamilton Parkway
Novato, CA 94949

The Key Room and Catering
1385 N. Hamilton Parkway
Novato, CA 94949
415-382-3363 x214

Marin Abused Women's Services (MAWS)

Marin is in no way immune to the problem of domestic violence, which affects individuals of every walk of life, socio-economic group, gender, religion, race, profession, and education level. The Marin County Civil Grand Jury undertook a comprehensive study of the problem of domestic violence in Marin, released in June 2010, which pronounces domestic violence is the number one violent crime in Marin.

Center for Domestic Peace, home of Marin Abused Women's Services, mobilizes individuals and communities to transform our world so domestic violence no longer exists, creating greater safety, justice, and equality.

24-Hour Hotlines
English: 415-924-6616
Spanish: 415-924-3456
Men's: 415-924-1070

Or 1.800.799.SAFE (1.800.799.7233) for a domestic violence program near you.

Marin Interfaith Homeless Chaplaincy

Our Mission: To bring compassionate spiritual support to the unsheltered and precariously housed people in Marin County.

1510 Fifth Ave.
San Rafael, CA 94901

Phone: 415-302-0248

Homeless Hotline


American Red Cross Housing

When a disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross is there. This year our team responded to 429 local disasters, most of those house fires. We helped 885 affected families with emergency food, shelter and supplies.

85 Second St.
San Francisco

Phone: 415-427-800
Fax: 415-427-8104