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$10 million to provide dozens of beds for homeless in Riverside County

Homeless people will have new places to stay across Riverside County as a result of $10 million allocated this week for programs across the region.
Natalie Komuro, deputy county executive officer for homelessness solutions, said the dollars are coming from a new source of state funding.
“It gives us the opportunity to accelerate the response to homelessness, particularly in areas that have historically had no homeless programs,” Komuro said in a news release.
There are plans, for example, to create new housing in southwestern Riverside County.
The largest local grant — $1.8 million — went to Social Work Action Group, which plans to open 18 beds for homeless people in the Perris area by summer, Aaron Petroff, the group’s director, said by phone Friday, March 8.
In another award, Lake Elsinore received $1.5 million. Nicole Dailey, assistant to the city manager, said those dollars will create five homes in the Lake Elsinore-Wildomar area for the homeless, as well as provide vouchers and rental assistance for others.
“We are grateful to have this chance to really try to make a difference,” said Lake Elsinore Mayor Pro-Tem Brian Tisdale.
Other awards were:

 $1.1 million to Path of Life Ministries in Riverside for renovating its family shelter and $215,013 for rehabilitating its adult shelter. Path of Life received an additional grant of $566,463 to add 20 emergency-shelter beds.
$489,590 to enable Operation Safe House in Riverside to expand youth outreach and repair the roof on its emergency youth shelter.
 $370,900 to enable Coachella Valley Rescue Mission in Indio to expand its shelter by 50 beds.
$218,000 to Valley Restart Shelter in Hemet to renovate its emergency shelter.

Rowena Concepcion, an administrative services manager in the county Department of Public Social Services’ adult services division, said the projects will deliver 70 emergency-shelter beds, 37 permanent “supportive housing” beds and nine recuperative beds. Rental assistance will help another 276 people, she said.
“Part of the solution is a home, a place to stay,” Petroff said. “And in this county, that’s one of the biggest things we’re missing… especially in the areas we serve, the mid and southwest county.”
Petroff said his organization will buy and remodel 2.4 acres in Mead Valley near Perris with a pair of nine-bedroom homes. He said those rooms will be converted into housing for chronically homeless people.

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In the Lake Elsinore-Wildomar area, the goal is to provide five homes by persuading landlords to make houses available, said Lake Elsinore Councilwoman Natasha Johnson.
The key, Johnson said, will be coming up an incentive. She said officials are asking, “Why would a landlord help us? What’s in it for them? We’ve got to get that together before we start calling them.”

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