May 16, 2021
Riverside joins push for long-term homeless solution, 100,000 homes for the unhoused
RIVERSIDE – (INT) - Mayors from California’s largest cities came together virtually Thursday to ask the Governor and Legislative leaders to include a historic, multi-year investment of $4 billion annually in the state budget to permanently house nearly every Californian who entered a homeless shelter in 2020.

The investment would be the largest allocation of funds dedicated to fighting the homelessness crisis in U.S. history and could build more than 100,000 homes for unhoused residents in California.

The state is home to more than 25 percent of the nation’s unhoused residents.

There exists a unique opportunity to noticeably reduce homelessness around the state with the combination of the $26 billion California received from the American Rescue Plan, and the state’s record surplus, members of the Big City Mayors group said.

“Residents in our cities have made it clear that homelessness is one of the greatest challenges of our time,” Riverside Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson said. This multibillion-dollar proposal allows us to address the gravity of this crisis in our cities and support long term solutions to homelessness such as Project Homekey, or non-traditional shelter models like our Riverside Village Community -- the first of its kind in Southern California
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