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Locals react to new Palm Springs ordinance regulating public sleeping and homeless encampments

This week, Palm Springs city councilmembers voted to pass an ordinance that will establish a process for reducing sleeping and homeless encampments in public areas. Mayor Jeffrey Bernstein, Mayor Pro Tem Ron deHarte and Lisa Middleton voted in favor of the ordinance. Councilmember Christy Holstege voted to abstain while councilmember Grace Garner voted against. According

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CA’s Big City Mayors coalition urge Newsom and legislature to avoid cuts to homelessness services

A coalition of mayors from the state’s largest cities today visited Sacramento to urge Gov. Gavin Newsom and the legislature to make permanent funding homelessness services across California.    The Big City Mayors coalition, chaired by San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, requested Newsom and legislators avoid making cuts to the Homelessness Housing, Assistance and Prevention

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Official: Riverside County’s sheltered homeless count results expected in April

Riverside County agencies completed a “sheltered only” homeless survey in lieu of a comprehensive count, and the results are due out in April, officials said today. The Board of Supervisors decided last May to shift to biennial Point-In-Time Surveys, which involve canvassing all possible locations where homeless people may be trying to live, outdoors and

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District attorney threatens to charge officials in California’s capital over homelessness response

By TRÂN NGUYỄN and JANIE HAR Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Tensions are rising in California’s capital city as the Sacramento district attorney threatened to file charges against city officials over their handling of the homelessness crisis, saying they are too lenient in their approach and are failing to enforce the rules. District Attorney

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Local program is getting homeless people off Coachella Valley streets but hitting roadblocks to helping more

A Coachella Valley effort to remove homeless people from the streets by offering them permanent housing is showing positive results but facing headwinds in its search for affordable homes to keep the program expanding. High housing costs are a part of California’s growing homeless population, and the Coachella Valley Association of Governments is now running into the same problem as so

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Board approves $7.6M in federal funds to develop 8 new emergency shelter projects in Riverside County

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved $7.6 million in federal funding to support emergency shelter projects in Riverside County. The funds come from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). County officials said the funds will support the development of eight new housing projects located across all five supervisorial districts. Two of those projects are

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Palm Springs considers 3-year, $1.2M contract with company to clean up homeless camps

The City of Palm Springs is considering a 3-year, $1.2M with an environmental construction company, OFRS, Inc., to help clean up homeless encampments. Palm Springs Police say homelessness is a growing problem in the city. With their continued efforts to combat homelessness through Operation Relentless Sun, police say they’ve identified 418 homeless individuals from February

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