Homeless Programs

HOUSING FIRST INITIATIVE

The City of Riverside is working with community partners to implement the best practice “Housing First” approach, which emphasizes moving people into housing as quickly as possible and providing the appropriate level of services to support housing stabilization and retention, into all aspects of our local continuum of care. The Housing First approach represents a significant shift away from the traditional homeless service delivery system to one focused on homeless prevention, rapid re-housing and home-based case management to facilitate client stabilization leading to self-sufficiency. This effort currently includes the HUD SHP-funded Permanent Supportive Housing Program; the Veteran’s Administration Supportive Housing initiative (VASH) administered by the VA Loma Linda and the Housing Authority of the County of Riverside (HACR); and the City’s HOME-funded Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) program.


PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROGRAM

The City continues to use $240,000 in funding awarded through the HUD Continuum of Care Supportive Housing Program (SHP) to support the development and operations of two permanent supportive housing projects providing housing for sixteen (16) individuals/households. One of the projects provides supportive housing specifically to chronically homeless individuals and the second project provides supportive housing for homeless persons with disabling conditions and their families (where applicable). On-going case management and supportive services are provided to participants to help ensure housing stability and the achievement of self-sufficiency goals. The City is working in partnership with a local nonprofit housing developer, Riverside Housing Development Corporation, as well as supportive service providers to implement these two projects. City staff will continue to pursue new opportunities to partner with local nonprofit organizations to develop and implement additional permanent supportive housing projects.

For more information on SHP, please contact the City at (951) 826-2200.


VETERANS’ ADMINISTRATION SUPPORTIVE HOUSING INITIATIVE (VASH)

The Obama Administration set a goal of ending homelessness among veterans. The US Department of Veterans’ Affairs is working in collaboration with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide targeted housing choice vouchers to homeless veterans throughout the country. Locally, the VA Loma Linda is working in collaboration with the Housing Authority of the County of Riverside, the Homeless Street Outreach Team and other continuum of care partners to assist homeless veterans with moving off the streets and into permanent supportive housing.

For more information, please call (909) 825-7084 ext. 4633


TENANT-BASED RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (TBRA)

The Riverside City Council allocated funding to establish the Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program (TBRA) to help address the need for permanent housing solutions for individuals and families who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness in the City of Riverside. The TBRA program, administered by the Housing Authority of the County of Riverside, provides eligible homeless and at-risk households in Riverside with move-in assistance or short and medium-term rental subsidies coupled with home-based case management. The TBRA program includes a “street to home” pilot project assisting a target group of chronically homeless individuals with exiting life on the streets and moving directly into housing coupled with aggressive case management provided by the City’s Homeless Street Outreach Team.

For more information on TBRA, please contact the City at (951) 826-2200.


ONE-STOP MULTI-SERVICE CAMPUS

Hulen Place is a ONE-STOP MULTI-SERVICE CAMPUS offering a centralized service environment to provide short-term emergency shelter along with a range of supportive services critical to assisting homeless individuals and families in addressing their issues and achieving housing stability. Since the adoption of the 2003 Riverside Community Broad-Based Homeless Action Plan, the City has pursued a long-term strategy to assemble properties at Hulen Place in a "campus-style" setting where a wide-range of service needs can be addressed in a coordinated delivery system that includes outreach, crisis intervention, interim housing, and "rapid re-housing" accompanied by supportive case management.

 

RIVERSIDE ACCESS CENTER

The Riverside Access Center serves as the entry point and service hub of the City’s homeless continuum of care. The Riverside Access Center offers an array of services under one roof including street outreach, rental assistance, employment development, benefits enrollment, health care, mental health services, substance abuse recovery, veterans’ services, life skills training, education services, financial counseling, legal services, client stabilization resources, computer resources, and housing placement.

The Riverside Access Center is also home to the pet kennel that offers a safe place for Emergency Shelter and Riverside Access Center guests to house their companion animals during their stay, allowing homeless people with pets to access services.

Location: 2880 Hulen Place, Riverside, CA 92507

Phone: (951) 826-3938

 

RIVERSIDE EMERGENCY SHELTER

A 64-bed facility, operated by Path of Life Ministries in partnership with the City and County of Riverside, provides a 30-day shelter program coupled with case management services for homeless men and women. In addition, between the cold weather months of December and April, an additional 72 beds are provided on a night-by-night basis.

Location: 2840 Hulen Place, Riverside, CA 92507

Phone: (951) 462-9822

 

“THE PLACE” SAFE HAVEN SUPPORTIVE HOUSING AND DROP-IN CENTER

The Place is operated by Jefferson Transitional Programs in partnership with the County Department of Mental Health, provides 25 permanent supportive housing beds and a 24-hour drop-in center for chronically homeless individuals with severe mental illness.

Location: 2800 Hulen Place, Riverside, CA 92507

Phone: (951) 779-3057

 

HEALTH TO HOPE CLINICS

Health to Hope strives to improve the health status of homeless and medically underserved populations by fostering the provision of high-quality, comprehensive health care that is accessible, coordinated, community-directed, culturally sensitive, and linguistically competent. They are committed to provide the following services to our extremely-low to low-income population.

General primary medical care includes health screenings, family planning, immunizations, well child visits, nutrition, and cardiology. They also provide Mental Health services that include crisis intervention, psychiatric evaluation, medication monitoring, mental health assessment, substance abuse, education and outreach, individual, couples and family therapy, group therapy, case management, and collaboration with hospitals and social service agencies.

Location: 2880 Hulen Place, Riverside, CA 92507

Phone: (951) 595-4444

 

211 COMMUNITY CONNECT

Community Connect assists thousands of men, women and children each month through the vast array of services available throughout Riverside County. Call 211 today to be connected with a call specialist, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week that can help you get the resources like housing assistance, utility assistance, long-term senior care, transportation, veteran services, community service, professional development and more.

211 is a designated 3-digit number that allows callers to receive up-to-date information and referrals to health and human service agencies. If you call 211 Riverside County with your needs, 211 will locate the resources nearest you, and give you that information.

Location: 2060 University Ave #212, Riverside, CA 92507

Phone: (951) 686-4402