About Our New Health Center
Our Passion, Our Mission
Since 1980, Ritter Center has helped thousands of individuals experiencing housing insecurity
and homelessness find and maintain housing, access medical and behavioral healthcare, participate in safety net and social programs, attain nutritious food, and connect with our community partners for access to complementary programs that treat the whole person.
Today, we are renovating a new center at 800 A Street in San Rafael, with a move-in date set for 2024. The new facility will reflect our commitment to and respect for our clients, and enable us to evolve with the needs of Marin County’s vulnerable children, families, seniors, and individuals experiencing homelessness and economic insecurity.
Why Ritter Center Needs to Expand
Due to the high cost of living in Marin County, residents struggle to find and maintain housing, which leads to higher rates of homelessness. Housing is limited and the average monthly rent for a two bedroom apartment is $3,600*, which is $43,200 a year.
Marin County 2022 Point in Time Count
increase in chronic homelessness
increase in family homelessness
families experiencing homelessness had unmet needs
individuals experiencing homelessness had unmet needs
16 Ritter Street has served as Ritter Center's site for 43 years, but now poses challenges that a bigger space will solve. They include limited office and medical space, no parking, outdated facilities, insufficient interior waiting rooms, and an environment that does not reflect our dedication to providing high-quality services.
Standing at nearly 14,000 sq. ft., the new center will have the following:
2x the medical exam rooms
Modern healthcare equipment
Confidential behavioral health rooms
Lab for onsite testing
Treatment room for minor procedures
Meditation and lactation room
Off-street parking and EV charging infrastructure
Large, interior waiting rooms
Medical team room
Food pantry that’s double the size of our current pantry
As a result, Ritter Center will increase healthcare equity and quality of care by:
Expanding women's health services
- Adding ancillary pediatric services
Adding supportive employment services
Queuing all pantry and clinic visitors inside
Providing more culturally appropriate food
Providing food to more senior clients
Uniting our staff under one roof
See how our work has helped our people in need and benefited the community.