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laundry, AA meetings, even Wi-Fi services
and places to charge their phones. It could also
include a shelter component, places to sleep; the
Marin Employment Connection could have an
office there, along with housing search offices. It
would be a great place to be, and also a place to
get involved in changing a lifestyle.
Location has long been a problem. Where
could a Marin multiservice center be located
so that NIMBYism would be minimized? A
location in a northern San Rafael industrial
park is now getting considerable attention.
It’s near county employment offices on Smith
Ranch Road; also, the Helen Vine Detox
Center is nearby, as is Homeward Bound
in Novato. Shuttles could operate between
all these services as well as downtown San
Rafael. The goal would be to contain it at the
end of Mark Drive so that it is a place homeless
people want to be. The building is separated
from any residential by Gallinas Creek and
considerable privacy fencing.
Realistically, what would be the timing for a
multiservice center in Marin? If we can come to
an understanding of what will be there, make
an offer on the property and have it accepted,
and then have the use permit and public hearing process go relatively smoothly, by the end of
the calendar year we might have a thumbs-up
or thumbs-down decision on moving for ward.
After that would come tenant improvements
and actually moving services, so optimistically,
we could be operational inside 18 months.
Speaking of that, you have a three-year
contract to be San Rafael’s director of homelessness planning and outreach. What is your
three-year goal? I have no interest in managing
homelessness; I am trying to end it. I love having
the three-year time restraint. So ideally, within
that time period, the City of San Rafael will have
in place programs and structures that will be
self-sustaining and no longer call for the position I now hold. Establishing the multiservice
center is my number one goal. My number two
goal is to continue working and building a great
relationship bet ween the city and the county’s
health and human services department. If I can
achieve these first two, I will achieve my final
goal, which is working myself out of a job. m