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Supervisor Yxstian Gutiérrez Announces the Award of a $12M Grant to Combat Homelessness in the San Jacinto Riverbed

September 14, 2023

Riverside County, CA - The County of Riverside is proud to announce that it has been awarded a $12 million grant from the State of California's Encampment Resolution Funding (ERF) Program. This substantial grant, the second largest received in the state, will be utilized to provide housing, street outreach, and wrap-around services to address the issue of homelessness in and around the San Jacinto Riverbed.

In collaboration with District 5 Supervisor Yxstian Gutiérrez and the cities of San Jacinto and Hemet, the County is determined to tackle homelessness head on and make a tangible difference in the lives of those affected. This partnership is a testament to the commitment of our community leaders to work together towards a common goal.

"We are incredibly grateful to the State of California for awarding us this generous grant," said 5th District Supervisor Yxstian Gutierrez. "This funding will enable us to expand our efforts and implement comprehensive solutions to address homelessness in and around the San Jacinto Riverbed. We recognize the importance of providing housing, street outreach, and wraparound services to those in need and make a lasting impact on their lives."

The $12 million grant will allow the County, in collaboration with the cities of San Jacinto and Hemet, to establish temporary and permanent housing solutions, enhance street outreach efforts, and provide vital wrap-around services. These services will include mental health support, substance abuse counseling, workforce connections, and other essential resources to uplift individuals experiencing homelessness and empower them on their journey to stability and self-sufficiency.

"We welcome the opportunities this grant will bring to our community," said Heidi Marshall, Director of the Department of Housing and Workforce Solutions. "With the support of the State of California and our partnering cities, we can create better opportunities for those in and around the San Jacinto Riverbed. This grant is a significant step forward in our collective efforts to combat homelessness and provide the necessary support for individuals to rebuild their lives."

The County will work closely with the cities of San Jacinto and Hemet, as well as other local stakeholders, to develop a comprehensive plan for the utilization of this grant. The aim is to maximize the impact of the funding and ensure that it addresses the unique needs of the community.

"This is yet another opportunity to partner with the community to address homelessness" said Supervisor Yxstian Gutierrez. "We will be reaching out to our partnering jurisdictions and relevant stakeholders in the coming weeks to discuss the next steps in implementing this grant. Together, we can make a meaningful difference and create lasting change for our County and District 5."