With Winter arriving in full force this week, Marin County shelters have been full to capacity, and there’s an obvious need for more shelter, lending credence to the ongoing attempts to establish a County shelter facility. Currently, the only safe shelters for the area’s homeless are a handful of churches that open their doors to those seeking shelter from the deadly cold. According to the director of Marin’s Department of Health and Human Services, Larry Meredith, there are hundreds of homeless people living in Marin County and there are simply not enough shelters to accommodate them. “We need to take care of people who may have fallen on hard times or may be unable to help themselves,” Meredith said in a statement. “That’s what we do.”
In an attempt to address the need for shelter for homeless in the county, officials have begun looking into the possibility of building a year-round facility dedicated to providing homeless folks with a safe haven from the elements. In addition to a handful of County officials, several cities have joined in on the planning, including San Rafael and Novato, two cities being considered as locations for the shelter. But despite the ongoing discussions about the project, one major hurdle needs to be overcome before construction can begin: funding. Currently, there has not been any money dedicated to the project from the County or city officials. The idea of a homeless shelter maintained by the county is still very much in the early stages, but several sources said that private donations would likely have to fund at least half of any potential project.
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