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Homeless Crisis in Riverside

State grant will help battle homelessness in RivCo

Riverside County has received $25.5 million from a state program that it will use to fight homelessness.

The grant, from No Place Like Home, will help create 119 permanent housing units for people with “severe and persistent”  mental illness who are homeless, chronically homeless, or are in danger of becoming homeless, according to a statement on the county’s website.

Each housing unit will be part of one of four affordable apartment communities 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. “In addition to partnering with qualified developers, 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 recently by the California Department of Housing and Community Development, which administers the No Place Like Home program.

The Riverside County Housing Authority donated 119 housing vouchers to help secure the grant, according to the statement.

 

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