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147 housing units for mentally ill homeless coming to Riverside County

Press-Enterprise - 9/27/2022

Riverside County will use $29.5 million in state money to build 147 units of supportive housing in Riverside, Wildomar and Coachella for homeless people dealing with mental illness, county officials announced Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Those living in the housing units will receive services such as mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment, a county news release states. The housing will be embedded in four newly built affordable apartment complexes, the release adds.

“This is one of the most significant investments in affordable housing that Riverside County has ever seen,” Heidi Marshall, director of the county’s Housing and Workforce Solutions Department, said in the release. “This is important because it will provide much-needed, supportive housing, wrap-around services, and stability to the most vulnerable residents in our community.”

Dr. Matthew Chang, director of the county’s Behavioral Health department, said those living in the new units “will find the behavioral health resources and support they need, such as case management, peer support services, mental health care, substance use disorder support, and physical health care, while getting help with skills to succeed in housing.”


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