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County gets state housing grants

Riverside County has been awarded $25.5 million to create 119 permanent housing units for persons with “severe and persistent” mental illness.

The money, from the state’s No Place Like Home program, will help people who are homeless, chronically homeless, or at risk of being homeless, according to a statement released by the county.

The units will be included in four affordable apartment complexes that have yet to be built. Construction is expected to begin next year.

“Riverside County remains steadfast in our commitment to taking an active role in addressing homelessness within our most vulnerable populations,” Supervisor Karen Spiegel said in the statement. “Residents will have access to many of the services that are essential in addressing a variety of complex needs, including case management, peer support services, mental health care, substance use support, and physical health care.”

The grants were announced Friday by the California Department of Housing and Community Development, which administers the No Place Like Home program.

 

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