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New Riverside agency will fight homelessness

Riverside has created a department intended to help the city reduce its homeless population.

The Department of Housing and Human Services, which the city council approved Sept. 12, will “bring together all the city’s existing resources with a renewed focus to prevent and reduce homelessness in Riverside,” according to a statement on the city’s website.

“The issues of housing and homelessness are inextricably linked, so our response must reflect that,” said City Manager Mike Futrell, who proposed the idea, in a statement. “This new approach will make us more nimble, more responsive, and better equipped to take a more universal approach to fulfilling the promise of the city’s Homelessness Action Plan.”

The council’s unanimous vote designates an extra $504,000 to be spent on reducing homelessness, and $10.1 million to get the Department of Housing and Human Resources started. That money comes from the entities that make up the new agency.

When fully staffed, the department will have a yearly operating budget of about $915,500, according to the statement.


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One comment

  1. As a watchman of the news and proposed assistance coming to help the public I would like to see some successful results of what the funding is really doing to make changes and whose benefits from the funding. OMG…A graph showing results and a little TV media.

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