County of Marin - News Releases - Severe Weather Shelter

For Immediate Release
March 27, 2023

Atmospheric River Events Prompt Shelter Activation

County Health and Human Services to open Severe Weather Emergency Shelter for people experiencing homelessness

En Español: Fenómenos Atmosféricos Activan la Apertura de un Albergue

San Rafael, CA – In response to the National Weather Service’s forecast of heavy rainfall due to another atmospheric river event, Marin County is again activating its Severe Weather Emergency Shelter (SWES) for people experiencing homelessness.

In collaboration with Marin County Health and Human Services (HHS), Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco (ECS) will operate an overnight shelter at the Marin Health and Wellness Campus (3240 Kerner Blvd, San Rafael).

Any person(s) experiencing homelessness can seek temporary overnight relief at the heated San Rafael location from 5 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. on Monday, March 27 and again on Tuesday March 28. Individuals are encouraged to sign in by 8 p.m. each evening.

Persons experiencing homelessness may bring essential belongings to this emergency shelter.

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

A SWES is activated when forecast temperatures drop below an average nighttime temperature of 45 degrees for two consecutive days with hazardous conditions.

For more information on SWES criteria and preparing for severe weather, visit Marin HHS Emergency Information or call (415) 473-6100. For more information on homelessness 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