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Marin County rent assistance

Find how to get emergency rental assistance in San Rafael and Marin County California. Various agencies, non-profit organizations, and government programs offer cash grants and funds that can be used to help pay rent in a crisis situation, or can help if someone has an eviction notice.

While not as common, from time to time money may also be available for paying either security deposits and/or first month’s rent too. Usually many of the Marin County agencies will also require clients to go through counseling. The reason for this is because individuals do need to become self-sufficient over the long term. So renters may need to sign up for credit repair services and counseling, budgeting advice, and general case management.

The organizations are able to assist both low and moderate income residents of Marin including senior citizens, families, and people with disabilities. The primary mission is to help people secure and maintain quality but also affordable housing. Below you will also find information on local shelters as well as low income housing units that operate across Marin County California.

Ritter Center - Low-income residents as well as the homeless can use the services at this center. They include financial and housing assistance, case management, and much more. Provides a variety of services to qualified individuals, including a drop-in center, case management, and seasonal programs to meet the essential needs of individuals facing economic hardship. 16 Ritter Street, San Rafael, California 94901, Call 457-8182, ext 150

The Salvation Army Marin County Corps Community Service Center - Provides very limited amounts of emergency short-term assistance including rent, utility bill payment and transportation. 351 Mission Avenue, San Rafael, California 94901, telephone (415) 459-4520.

Marin Family Action – Administers financial literacy classes and foreclosure prevention workshops for both homeowners and renters in the community. Marin Justice Center, 30 N. San Pedro Rd, Rm 130, San Rafael, CA 94903, dial 444-0915





Adopt A Family – Offers qualified individual financial assistance and cash grants with paying rent, security deposits, case management, electric bills, and overall general emotional support. Only serves families with children under the age of 18 who meet other qualifications. 496 B Street, San Rafael, CA 94901, phone 456-7805

Community Action Marin – Offers limited amounts of emergency rental assistance. They may also have funds for a security or utility deposit for now stable families with a source of income for paying future rent costs. 29 Mary St, San Rafael, CA 94901, call 457-9677

St. Vincent De Paul Society Of Marin County – The charity organization provides grants and financial assistance to low-income families and individuals who are at risk of homelessness. there may be loans as a form of eviction prevention and limited funding for paying rent. 820 B Street, San Rafael, California 94901, (415) 454-3303

Legal Aid of Marin – While the non-profit doesn’t provide cash, the pro-bono law firm can in fact provide eviction defense. Other free legal advice includes landlord/tenant mediation, foreclosure counseling, tenant education or association assistance, security deposit recovery, reporting of habitability complaints, and also homelessness prevention. 30 N. San Pedro Rd., #220 San Rafael, California 94903, main phone number 492-0230

Homeward Bound of Marin – Provides transitional housing, shelter, permanent supportive housing, support services, and job training. Dial 382-3363 ext 211

Ambassadors of Hope & Opportunity – Provides three main resources, one of which is emergency low income housing. Programs are for single individuals 16-25 years, and who do not have families or their own resources. Call 381-7173

Gilead House – Provides faith-based transitional housing program with additional support services. Dial 257-3866

Marin Housing – The government organization assists both low and moderate income residents of Marin County California. Assistance is offered for families, seniors and people with disabilities, and help is offered for them to secure and maintain quality affordable housing. Address is Marin City Branch, 429 Drake Avenue, Marin City, California 94965, call (415) 332-1913. A second location is at 4020 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903, dial (415) 491-2525





Women Helping All People – The non-profit screens for SOS rent assistance for south Marin County residents. Also has a computer training and center, as well as an onsite thrift store. A focus is on women and children, including single moms. 79 Cole Drive, Suite 15, Marin City, CA 94965, dial (415) 332-1703

Novato Human Needs Center – Low income families and individuals facing a crisis can receive access to essential human services. This can include rental assistance, food, case management, transportation and even employment counseling. 1907 Novato Blvd, Novato, CA 94947, (415) 897-4147

West Marin Community Resource Center – Has information and partners with Marin County agencies and community organizations. Specialists can refer people to local programs (such as Section 8) and charities for emergency rent help or loans. 11431 Highway 1, Suite 20, Point Reyes Station, California 94956, phone (415) 663-8361. More on section 8 vouchers.

Fair Housing Of Marin – Helps enforce fair housing laws and works to end discrimination. Provides support and education to ensure everyone is treated equally. 615 B Street, San Rafael, California 94901, call (415) 457-5025

Resources for seniors in Marin County are available. Low income elderly tenants can call 415-441-7777 to apply for rental assistance or legal support. Other services can be provided too.

Marin Housing Authority – The non-profit oversees case management and housing subsidies for special populations, such as veterans, homeless, and HIV/AIDS patients. They also operate safe, affordable housing for senior citizens and the disabled. Shelter Plus Care is offered for low-moderate income Marin County families. 4020 Civic Center Drive San Rafael, California 94903, phone 491-2525.



By Jon McNamara

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