Downtown Streets Team Pilot Mobile Shower Program

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Downtown Streets Team (DST) has proposed a pilot mobile shower program, Marin Mobile Care, for people experiencing homelessness at two locations in Novato. Marin Mobile care is a community-wide effort to provide basic resources to people experiencing homelessness in Marin County while simultaneously serving as an entry point to a broader system of care.


HUD Parcel (APN: 157-970-07)
Located off of State Access Road and south of Homeward Bound of Marin.
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Marin Community Clinic
6100 Redwood Blvd, Novato
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DST is proposing the following schedules for a 90-day pilot period at each location:

HUD Parcel (expected to begin January 2018)

  • Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  •  Hours: 5:30-9am
    • Set-up: 5:30-6am
    • Showers: 6-8:30am
    • Shut-down & Depart: 8:30-9am

Marin Community Clinic (expected to begin December 2017)

  • Days: Tuesday & Thursday
  • Hours: 5:30-9am
    • Set-up: 5:30-6am
    • Showers: 6-8:30am
    • Shut-down & Depart: 8:30-9am

On-site Operations

DST will operate the mobile showers and is responsible for all on-site operations at both locations. DST will staff this program by hiring former DST Team Members, and each mobile shower unit will be staffed by two (2) employees at all times. Additional support will be provided by Team Members-in-training and community volunteers.


Mobile showers provide many key advantages over traditional approaches to on-site social services:

  • Versus traditional, costly infrastructure investments, mobile showers are affordable and easily scalable.
  • Mobile services can go to where people actually are, versus making people waste limited time and financial resources traveling to services.
  • By providing access for a limited period of time, mobile showers dramatically reduce community impacts such as loitering.
  • In Marin, mobile services can reach people currently off the grid and get them plugged into the new "Coordinated Entry" system to house chronically homeless people.


DST provides homeless and low-income men and women with the resources they need to rebuild their lives with the goal to transition them into employment. Earlier this year, they launched a program in Novato providing our community's unhoused men and women with work experience and case management services.

DST successes in Novato since January 2017:

  • 6 successfully employed
  • 10 successfully housed
  • Connected with about 40 people during outreach
  • Collected an average of 35,000 gallons of debris  

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