california.realestaterama.com | January 8 10,2016 –
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – January 8, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Six months after Mayor Rusty Bailey accepted the Mayor’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness from President Obama, Riverside has successfully housed 89 homeless veterans within the city who had been identified as needing housing.
The effort kicked off in June after Riverside joined the nationwide effort to end veteran homelessness.
Riverside set a very ambitious goal to house 86 homeless veterans by the end of 2015, then ended up housing 89 veterans, with City staff getting the last veteran into housing the afternoon of Dec. 31.
“I am so proud of our City staff and immensely grateful for their efforts in combating homelessness among veterans in Riverside,” Mayor Bailey said. “It’s no small feat to change the life of one homeless person, but to do that for 89 veterans within six months, that’s just an amazing accomplishment.”
The effort was led by the Community and Economic Development Department and included major contributions from the department’s Housing Division and Homeless Outreach Team, as well as the Riverside Police Department and a host of partner agencies.
“The City of Riverside’s dedication, leadership and continued support, including the allocation of resources, has given our department an incredible opportunity to compassionately serve our City,” said Emilio Ramirez, Deputy Director of Community and Economic Development. “We will continue helping people, including veterans, get off the streets and into clean and safe places to live.”
Some of the keys to the effort included:
The City enjoys strong partnerships with Veterans Administration Loma Linda, Riverside County Housing Authority, Riverside County Department of Mental Health, Riverside County Department of Social Services, Habitat for Humanity, U.S. Vets and Lighthouse, all of which pooled resources to achieve the best results.
The Mayor’s Office worked with several private businesses that assisted in the effort to find homes for the veterans and helped provide assistance with basic needs. These partners included The California Apartment Association of the Inland Empire, Walmart, Home Depot and Ace Hardware.
“Each of our community partners stepped up to the plate for our local veterans,” Mayor Bailey said.
“It’s unacceptable for anyone who has selflessly served our country to be living on the street. Now that we have achieved this milestone, we must work to ensure that such efforts continue.”