County of Marin - News Releases - Severe Weather Shelter

For Immediate Release
December 29, 2022

Heavy Rainfall Prompts Marin Shelter Activation

County Health and Human Services to assist those experiencing homelessness

En Español: Fuertes Lluvias Activan la Apertura de un Albergue

San Rafael, CA – In response to the National Weather Service’s prediction of several days of rainfall in the Bay Area, Marin County is activating its Severe Weather Emergency Shelter (SWES) for people experiencing homelessness.

For the third time this month, Marin Health and Human Services (HHS) with Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco  (ECS) will open an overnight shelter at the Marin Health and Wellness Campus at 3240 Kerner Boulevard, San Rafael. Individuals experiencing homelessness can seek temporary overnight relief at the heated San Rafael location from 5 p.m. Thursday, December 29, through 6:30 a.m. Friday, December 30. SWES plans to reopen at 5 p.m. Friday until 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 31. Individuals are encouraged to sign in by 8 p.m. each evening. 

A SWES is activated when forecasted rainfall is predicted for at least 72 hours with greater than one inch of rain per day.

HHS is currently not accepting community volunteers or donations for the emergency shelter.

For more information on future activations and preparing for severe weather visit Marin HHS Emergency Information or call (415) 473-6100. For more information on shelters in Marin, visit Housing First Marin.


Niccore Tyler
Chief Assistant Director / Chief Strategy Officer
Health and Human Services

20 North San Pedro Ave.
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-7159
Email: Niccore Tyler
Marin HHS website