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An Emergency Rental Assistance program is available for people who are at risk of homelessness due to a loss of income from the COVID-19 pandemic.

During this challenging time, Information on the Marin County Emergency Rental Assistance Program can be found here.

We are continuing to process requests in the order in which that they were received, but do not anticipate that all requests will be granted. Everyone on the waitlist will be notified in the coming weeks whether or not their request will be fulfilled.

Additionally, Marin County’s and the California State’s eviction moratoria remain in effect through June 30, 2021; renters have up to 90 days after the expiration of the resolution to repay back rent. For more information regarding the eviction moratorium, including documentation requirements, please visit

​We understand the devastating economic impacts of COVID-19 on our community, and the County of Marin will continue to seek new ways of supporting residents during this challenging time.

Below are some other resources available for you and your family:

Marin Health and Human Services (HHS) Public Assistance Programs:

  • CalWORKS: Cash assistance for food purchases for families and individuals; 
  • Medi-Cal: medical care through Medi-Cal and County Medical Services Program
  • General Relief: Cash Assistance for individuals over 18 with no children and with no or limited resources; 
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC): supplemental food and nutrition program low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women and children under age 5 who have a nutritional risk. 
  • For information on resources and services specifically for older adults (persons 60+), persons with disabilities and family caregivers, call (415) 473-INFO (415.473.4636) or email

To apply for Medi-Cal, CalWORKs, CalFresh, and WIC you can:

  • Call 1.877.410.8817;
  • Apply online at; or
  • Pick up a paper application in person outside at 120 N. Redwood Dr. San Rafael, CA and at the Marin County Health and Wellness Center, 3240 Kerner Blvd. San Rafael, CA 94901. Spanish and English copies are both available.
  • WIC applications are accepted over the phone by calling 415.473.6889. General Relief applications can be obtained at the locations noted above or by calling 415.473.3350. 


Also visit HHS’ online Community Resource Guide, for local information on programs/services available to help with money, legal, housing and more. Lastly, if you are at risk of or currently experiencing homelessness, visit Homelessness Resource Guide, which includes a comprehensive list of food resources available. Residents can search for their nearest food pantry or emergency food distribution location using San Francisco-Marin Food Bank’s Food Locator App. For those that cannot access the app, information on food resources for older adults (age 60+) and persons with disabilities can be obtained by email or by calling 415.473.INFO (415.473.4636). All others can call 211 to get connected to this information.


Updates will be published again as more information is available.

Date Published: 5/8/2020

NOTE: The parks listed below are open for these services, even if they are closed to other visitors.

Mobile Charging Stations

We have partnered with the Downtown Street Team's Mobile Shower Program to increase their charging capacity at three locations. Folks can show up and charge without a shower appointment at the following locations and times. Please bring your own charging cable.

Southern Marin:
Marinship Park, Sausalito, Tuesdays and Fridays 8am-11am

San Rafael:
San Rafael Community Center (618 B St, San Rafael), Mondays and Thursdays 12pm-3pm
San Rafael Health and Wellness Center (3240 Kerner Blvd), Mondays and Wednesdays 6pm-8:40pm and Thursdays 6am-7:40am

Downtown Streets Team Office (816 State Access Rd), Mondays and Wednesdays 6am-8:40am

We are continuing to seek charging options in West Marin, as well as additional charging options in San Rafael.

Designated Hand Washing Station Locations

  • San Rafael:

    • St. Vincent de Paul Society (2 stations)

    • Boyd Memorial Park at 1125 B Street (1 station)

    • Library - City of San Rafael at 1100 E Street (2 stations)

    • Circle K/Burger King at 969 East Francisco Blvd. (1 Station)

    • Ritter Center at 16 Ritter Street (2 stations)

  • Novato:

    • Near Taco Bell on Rowland (1 station)

    • Novato Library at Novato Blvd (1 Station)

Designated Portable Bathroom Locations

  • San Rafael:

    • Library

    • Boyd Park (one locked that is not ours and not being serviced, one open and well stocked/serviced)

    • Circle K/Burger King at 969 East Francisco Blvd.

    • Pickleweed Park

    • Ritter Center

    • Lagoon Park, across from Civic Center

  • Novato

    • Novato Library at Novato Blvd

    • Skate Park in Hamilton

Designated Lunch / Food Locations

  • San Rafael

    • Breakfast to go - St. Vincent de Paul Society - 6:30-8:30 am

    • Lunch to go - St. Vincent de Paul Society - 11:00 am-1:00 pm

    • Dinner to go - First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall - Tuesdays 5:30pm-6:30pm

As Marin County residents continue to face a stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Marin County Health and Human Services (HHS) wants to remind individuals that access to healthy food is available through a number of resources.

Residents can search for their nearest food pantry or emergency food distribution location using San Francisco-Marin Food Bank’s Food Locator App. For those that cannot access the app, information on food resources, services and assistance specifically for older adults (age 60 and over) and persons with disabilities can be obtained by email or by calling (415) 473-INFO, all others call can call 211 to be connected.

View more detailed information here. 

Health Clinics (hours to be determined)

Will be seeing patients on a limited basis due to COVID19 protocols

  • Ritter (hours TBD)

  • Marin City Health and Wellness (hours TBD)

  • Marin Community Clinics; call 415-448-1500

Case Management

  • For a VI-SPDAT assessment, leave a message at 415-491-2559 and someone will call you back to schedule a phone assessment

  • Ritter Center is now open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10am-3pm, closed for lunch from 12pm-1pm.

    • The services Ritter are currently offering on campus are food pantry, medical visits and rep payee services to individuals already enrolled in that program.

    • Ritter is also doing their best to provide updates to people experiencing homelessness around available services in the County at this time.


Designated Mobile Shower Locations

* restrooms and phone charging are available when using the shower

Call to schedule a shower: (415) 497-1318






Mondays, Thursdays


San Rafael Community Center

San Rafael

618 B Street

Mondays, Wednesdays


San Rafael Health and Wellness Center

San Rafael

3240 Kerner Blvd



San Rafael Health and Wellness Center

San Rafael

3240 Kerner Blvd

Tuesdays, Fridays


Marinship Park


Marinship Way

Mondays, Wednesdays


Novato Downtown Streets Team Office


816 State Access Road

Saturdays 9:00am-12:00pm Downtown Streets Team (DST) offering showers: Fairfax Community Church Fairfax 2398 Sir Francis Drake

Message from the Marin County Public Assistance office regarding CalFresh and CalWORKs benefits

In response to COVID-19, CalWORKs and CalFresh recipients will continue to receive benefits with no changes for March, April, May, and June 2020. This means that if your semiannual report form (SAR 7) or annual renewal was due in March, April, or May 2020, you do not have to turn it in or complete your interview. If you have turned in your March SAR 7 or renewal paperwork already, it will not be processed, and nothing will change. Please call us at (877) 410-8817 if your SAR 7 or renewal paperwork included information that would make your benefits go up.

You must still report if your gross monthly income goes over your family’s Income Reporting Threshold (IRT). Also, if you report that your income has gone down, your benefit amount may go up. Please call us at (877) 410-8817 to find out what your IRT is, to report if your income goes down, or if you have any questions about your case.

The General Relief program is implementing recommended measures to help minimize the risk to the community and to our employees. We have developed contingency plans for our clients including temporary waiving the following:

  • Monthly Update Reports
  • Weekly Job Search Activity Report
  • Application may be picked up and submitted at the outside resource/document station at 120 N. Redwood, San Rafael
  • Applicants for benefits will be granted phone interviews

If you are currently receiving a General Relief loan it will not be interrupted during the COVID-19 situation. All requirements will resume when the event has ended.