Mr. Martinez & Mr. Jones
Kudos to our Office of Homeless Solutions (OHS) in getting Mr. Martinez and Mr. Jones safely housed! The two friends were both living homeless in the Hole Lake encampments and one day took the courage steps to accept services with our Outreach workers. Fast forward, and they are now jumping for joy in their own apartment holding their leases! With a new sense of hope in the New Year, they feel they can conquer the world and are very appreciative of supportive services provided by the City of Riverside’s Office of Homeless Solutions.
Happy to be going home: Thanks to the City of Riverside’s Office of Homeless Solutions “Trip Home” program, this woman now gets to be reunited with her father who lives out of state. Best wishes to you both
Ms. Keifert is giving a thumbs up to show her gratitude for getting out of homelessness and into housing.
Ms. Keifert experienced homelessness in Hole Lake for two years, but then accepted assistance from the City of Riverside’s Office of Homeless Solutions Outreach workers who connected her to the City’s Housing Authority opportunities. By participating in active case management, she now has her own apartment and a part time job! Congrats on your success Ms. Keifert, and thumbs up right back at you!
Happy Heart: 74 year old Peggy and Elmer, her dog and only family member, have extremely grateful hearts this evening!Back in January, we brought to you Peggy’s story when Governor Newsom visited our Access Center to support the work of the Office of Homeless Solutions. Peggy’s story was so touching that @mayor_bailey provided her with a key to the City’s Riverside Shelter Village that eventually began operations in March with ADA units. Since then, the Office of Homeless Solutions, along with the amazing wraparound support by @citynetriverside Outreach workers, Path of Life, and County Housing Authority, was able to house Peggy into her very own beautiful apartment in the City of Riverside! CityNet and Riverside Shelter Village operators threw a wonderful graduation to celebrate Peggy.
Congratulations to Ms. Finnell and her newborn twins on their new home. With the assistance of Office of Homeless Solutions, they were recently able to achieve stable housing. As you can see, she is moving into her new place while practicing social distancing and wearing a mask. Congrats on your accomplishments, Ms. Finnell!
We would like to take a moment and share some heartfelt words from this gentleman’s brother. “There are no words that can express my gratitude for the genuine care you’ve shown in assisting my brother. When all this COVID-19 virus ends, I would love to volunteer. You’ve not only removed my brother off the streets but have given him the opportunity to truly become a productive member of society. So with that said, here is a picture of him, safely housed rather than in the streets. I feel your programs will provide him with the guidance needed to be a true success story, thank you City of Riverside!”
Changing lives: What happens at 8 p.m. heading into a holiday weekend? The City of Riverside Office of Homeless Solutions staff, @riversidepolicedepartment, and @citynetriverside are working hard to get individuals experiencing homelessness off the streets. Thank you to Riverside County Supervisor Spiegel’s staff for bringing Josh to our attention; he can now spend the 4th of July sheltered and safe! Just as the saying goes, “It takes a village...” and Riverside sure has one.
Mr. Jerry Gower
Mr. Jerry Gower was housed through the Permanent Supportive Housing program on February, 8, 2018. Jerry is a senior client that was homeless for 5 years in the City of Riverside. He is medically disabled and was referred to us through the Coordinated Entry System. Mr. Gower has a service dog named Tweety and he is happy that he is finally housed.
This was my first time being homeless. My homeless experience was transformational on an emotional and spiritual level. I understand why some women succumb to certain behaviors, addictions, and elements of society because of their situations, but I have always been observant and tried to be strong and informed. When I slept in my tinted window van to avoid shelters, I chose secluded private areas. I kept remembering that one of my instructors had said that I had the where-with-all to motivate and inspire others with my life story. That helped to keep me strong.
City Net Riverside
Thank you Toni, her family, and the Inland Valley Construction community for your support of our Riverside regional efforts. Your $30,000 contribution will make a HUGE impact in the drive to create solutions to end homelessness in City of Corona and City of Riverside.
For the People
Look for the helpers: Thank you to the nonprofit, For the People, who recently donated healthy salads to our Riverside Shelter Village. Many individuals experiencing homelessness were able to enjoy a healthy meal thanks to their generosity.
Wow—what great things happen when partnerships jump into action! Earlier this month, the City of Riverside’s Office of Homeless Solutions’ outreach team partnered with the County’s Homeless & Housing Department and County Facilities Department. Together, they offered services for individuals experiencing homelessness on County Farm Road as well as completed a mass clean-up of approximately 10 tons of debris. Everything is always better together!
The City Net Riverside Team conducted a survey designed to assist the city of #Riverside develop more community resources and direct services appropriately during the #COVID-19 crisis. Thank you to all who supported this mission!
Emergency Quarantine Trailer Shelter
Riverside Receives Trailers to Help Homeless who have the symptoms of COVID-19 A message from @mayor_bailey and @cmronaldofierro: The City of Riverside has received 15 trailers from the State of California which provide safe isolation housing for individuals experiencing homelessness who have the symptoms of COVID-19 but do not need medical attention and can care for themselves. The trailers from the state’s Office of Emergency Services are located at Riverside Airport. Separating individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 from the rest of the homeless population currently residing in shelters will assist in slowing the spread of the deadly virus. Operations of the trailers will be overseen by @citynetriverside, a non-profit organization with experience in providing outreach, shelter and services to individuals experiencing homelessness. CityNet is overseeing similar trailer operations in other cities in Southern California.
Emergency Shelter Village
“As you know, this is my last State of the City address, and several of my most memorable leadership experiences and decisions occurred this last year. Most recently, I decided to spend every other night in an 8x8 emergency shelter - to lead by example and bring a sense of urgency to our housing and shelter crisis. Shelter is an important component to stabilize people and families while they wait for housing. I am proud of your city council for boldly expanding shelter capacity in the last month.” - Mayor Bailey
UCR Med Students
Riverside is full of good people doing good things. Thank you, thank you, thank you. RCC Nursing + MVC Medics had the amazing opportunity to provide medical care with UCR Medicine at a Street Medicine Free Clinic in Riverside.
HUD Secretary Ben Carson made Riverside a stop on his tour to learn how local governments and faith-based organizations are working together to provide affordable housing and address homelessness. His efforts aim to break down regulatory barriers that are perpetuating our housing crisis, and he is looking to learn from government and faith partnerships like what has occurred at the Grove Village. We are grateful for HUD’s attention and willingness to understand what is happening at the local level.
The Office of Homeless Solutions sends a big thank you to all the volunteers who showed up this year for the 2020 Homeless Point in Time Count in the City of Riverside. Yesterday, volunteers woke up in the early hours of the morning to count and survey individuals experiencing homelessness in order to better our programs and services. We had amazing volunteers, the Mayor, council members, the City Manager’s Office, and many City departments partake in counting. This event was a partnership with the County of Riverside who assisted Veterans in getting connected to emergency housing and resources on the spot!