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Moreno Valley has received $2 million in federal money that it will use to fight its homeless problem.

The funding, part of the consolidated appropriations bill signed by President Biden last month, will help pay for the Homeless to Work and MoVal Emergency Shelter/Rapid Rehousing programs, according to a statement on the city’s website.

Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, helped secure the funding.

Homeless to Work gives homeless people s the opportunity to work part-time cleaning up the city, while Emergency Shelter/Rehousing Program moves homeless families, or families near homelessness, into temporary housing.

“These funds will allow us to continue to break the cycle of homelessness in Moreno Valley,”  Mayor Ulises Cabrera said in the statement. “I look forward to hitting the ground running to further assist our homeless neighbors in need.”

Moreno Valley’s homeless population has dropped 53 percent, according to Riverside County’s most recent point-in-time homeless count, which was conducted last year.

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