Riverside County has received a $29.5 million state grant that it will use to build housing for its homeless population.
That funding, from the state’s No Place Like Home program, will help build 147 permanent housing units for people with “severe and persistent” mental illness who are homeless, chronically homeless, or on the verge of having no place to live, according to a statement on the county’s website.
Residents will be treated for mental health issues, substance abuse and will receive basic health care.
The units will be spread among four affordable apartment complexes that were built recently in Wildomar, Coachella and Riverside. They will be developed by Palm Communities in Irvine, Abode Communities in Los Angeles and NPHS Inc. in Rancho Cucamonga.
“This is one of the most significant investments in affordable housing that Riverside County has ever seen,” said Heidi Marshall, director of the county’s housing and workforce solutions department, in the statement. “It will provide much-needed, supportive housing, wrap-around services, and stability to the most vulnerable residents in our community.”
Construction is scheduled to begin in 2024.