Last Tuesday, the Marin County Board of Supervisors accepted a $4.8 million state grant for a Homeless Emergency Aid Program. Homeward Bound of Marin will receive $4.5 million of the grant to replace the Mill Street Center in San Rafael, the county’s only year-round shelter program. Groundbreaking for the new building will begin next year.
The center will provide 60 beds. An additional 32 permanent beds will be allocated to house chronically homeless men and women, defined as those who have been homeless for at least a year and have a disability. These individuals will also receive services for mental health, substance abuse and job counseling.
St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin, located in San Rafael, will receive almost $308,000 for a diversion program for newly homeless people.
Kudos to the Marin Board of Supervisors, Homeward Bound, the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin and the city of San Rafael for working together to help resolve Marin’s homeless crisis.
Sausalito folks are wondering why the Marin County Sheriff’s Office allowed their contractor to dismantle a tugboat, moored at a Sausalito dock, in the early morning hours on beautiful Easter Sunday. The work, conducted by Sean Alexander Marine Services, began sometime between 8 and 8:30am, according to Donna, a local resident.
“Instead of sounds of peace, we all were forced to listen to hours of heart-wrenching grinding of metal,” she said.
The Sheriff’s Office coordinated the removal and demolition of both boats after one sank in the mud during a storm earlier this year. While the tugboats may have posed an environmental hazard, they were in the bay for years and there seems no reason the demolition couldn’t have waited one more day. Next time, wait until noon, or better yet, take Easter off entirely.