County of Marin - News Releases - Severe Weather Shelter

For Immediate Release
January 27, 2023

Extreme Cold Prompts Shelter Activation

County Health and Human Services to open temporary emergency facility

En Español: El Frío Extremo Activa la Apertura de un Albergue

JANUARY 30 UPDATE: With cold weather continuing, the shelter will remain open for a third day, Tuesday, January 31. 

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

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 (3240 Kerner Boulevard, San Rafael).

Any individual experiencing homelessness can seek temporary overnight relief at the heated San Rafael location from 5 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 29, and Monday, January 30. Individuals are encouraged to sign in by 8 p.m. each evening. 

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

A SWES is activated when forecasted temperatures drop below an average nighttime low of 38 degrees, and conditions are projected for a minimum of three days. Average nighttime lows are determined by averaging the hourly temperatures between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.

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