Who is Homeward Bound of Marin?
Founded in 1974, Homeward Bound began it's work by opening an emergency shelter for four families in San Rafael. Twenty years later, in 1994, Novato city officials agreed to lease space for the nation's first homeless shelter built on a decommissioned military base (Hamiltion base). While this was a great step forward, this realization alone would not solve homelessness. Recognizing this, in 1996, Homeward Bound of Marin adopted the mission of "Opening doors to safety, dignity, hope and independence."
In 2000, Homeward bound was selected to operate the new Hamilton site. The success of this operation let to grand opening of "The Next Key Center" in 2008, which includes 32 studio apartments, a training kitchen for the Fresh Starts Culinary Academy and The Key Room event space.
Homeward Bound also operates the Mill Street Center year-round emergency shelter for adults. They continue to remain focused on solutions to homelessness in Marin County.
Homelessness in Marin
In 2013, a one day count found of Marin Counties homeless population found 933 homeless people. In 2015, the count increased by 40 percent to 1,309. Today the count is much higher and continues the upward trend. As we can see through these results there is a considerable need to address this challenge.
Homeward Bound Puts Ignacio Hills in the Landlord Spotlight
The April 2017 edition of the Homeward Bound newsletter gave special recognition to Joe Campagna, Ignacio Hills Property Manager, and Diana Scheer, Ignacio Hills Assistant Property Manager. The article highlights that they "have worked closely and consistently with Homeward Bound to address issues early on and collaboratively so it has little impact on the community as a whole. They have partnered with us
through the Master Leasing of five units, providing housing for nine of our residents!"
Liz McCann, Program Manager of Housing at Last adds: "Joe and Diana always let me know when things have arisen early on so I can appreciate them keeping me informed because it guides much of my work with residents individually as well as different programmatic decisions I make to better our landlord-community-tenant relations."
It's also interesting to note that as a response to some of the challenging situations that have been worked through at Ignacio Hills, Housing at Last has begun a community forum where all Homeward Bound residents can meet to discuss, brainstorm, build good neighbor policies, support each other and report issues to program staff. This has resulted in early intervention and the development of community ideas. Many residents of Ignacio Hills have also testified that the community forum has made them feel more connected as a community, understand the impact of their behavior, and work together to impact the community in a positive way.
We at PFI share Homeward Bound's gratitude and appreciation for Joe and Diana's caring attitude and community involvement. They prove that by building meaningful partnerships and working hard to collaborate on community issues, we can have a huge and positive impact on the families of Marin and quality of life.
“Working Together to Make a Difference.” Homeward Bound of Marin Landlord Newsletter April 2017. Print.