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Riverside, church to help released inmates avoid being homeless

The city of Riverside and a local church have formed Project Connect, which will work to prevent homelessness among inmates freed from the Robert Presley Detention Center.

The partnership with Victory Outreach Church, approved by the city council on Jan. 17, will provide services to former inmates who describe themselves as homeless or on the verge of having no place to live, according to a statement on the city’s website.

“One of the most important things we can do to address homelessness is prevention,” said Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson in the statement. “We must work not only toward getting people off the streets, but also find ways to keep people from becoming homeless in the first place.”

One year ago, 20 percent of the homeless people who responded to Riverside’s point-in-time count said they had run afoul of the justice system.

That – along with national research that has shown people leaving jail or prison have a high risk of being homeless – led to the partnership with Victory Outreach, which has a history of working with homeless people.

Lorissa Villarreal, the city’s homeless solutions officer, will work with Presley Center inmates.

The program, which will seek to find jobs and housing for released inmates will be a collective effort among Victory Outreach, Riverside’s Office of Homeless Solutions, and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

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7 comments

  1. This is great!! Praying that the Lord’s power will be in all of this.

  2. Victory Outreach is known for trying to brainwash your religeous beliefs to their practice of Christianity. They make you burn your catholic Bible and give up anything to do with honoring saints or the Virgin Mary.

    • They are a greedy intity thats out to line their own pockets dishonesty runs deep in the ministry..my personal opinion

  3. Homelessness is no joke, and if our community can come together and help those in need that’s a blessing. Regardless of their religion. God bless VO for reaching out.

  4. That’s awesome I’m homeless myself I live in my car and I’m disabled I’m still waiting on my section 8 but honestly I need some type of miracle I really need to get out of my car a hotel that you’re anything a room for rent I do have income but that’s great and I’m happy for victory outreach thank you so much

  5. Homeless, drug addiction, alcoholism , domestic violence is no joke
    We live in a world with so much around us and speak about the problem . Thank goodness we can come together try solve some of the situations together. We might not able save the world but bring a solution help .

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