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Riverside County approves $7.5M for Palm Springs homeless navigation center

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved an allocation of $7.5 million in funding to complete the Palm Springs Navigation Center campus.

County officials said the facility will be integral to the region’s efforts to address homelessness. It is set to provide 80 interim housing units with full wrap-around services.

The three‑building campus located at 3589 McCarthy Road in Palm Springs has been acquired and renovations are well underway.

It was originally expected to open its doors for the first residents in February, but it was pushed back to the summer due to supply chain disruptions caused by the pandemic prompted delays.

According to county officials, the project also had a $7.5 million funding gap that will now be covered through the Supervisors’ allocation of funds the county received through the Inland Empire Health Plan.

“I am really pleased this funding will help this campus reach the construction finish line and soon begin providing holistic help for our unhoused residents,” said Supervisor Manuel Perez. “This is an effort that has been led out of my office, alongside the Riverside County Housing and Workforce Solutions Department and in partnership with the City of Palm Springs to bring solutions to address homelessness.”

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County officials said to date, over $40 million has been secured for the creation and operation of the campus, with $18 million from the county, $8.16 million from the City of Palm Springs and a Homekey Program award of $16 million from the State of California.

“On behalf of the residents of Palm Springs, my City Council colleagues and I are extremely thankful to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors for approving the final $7.5 million funding gap for the City’s long-awaited Homeless Navigation Center,” said Mayor Jeffrey Bernstein. “This new Navigation Center will be a gamechanger when it comes to providing a full-scale facility for our unhoused residents in need of interim housing and comprehensive wrap-around services. Palm Springs remains committed to finding solutions for our unhoused population.”

The Palm Springs Navigation Campus will be highlighted at an upcoming symposium on February 1 that Supervisor Perez, the Riverside County Housing and Workforce Solutions Department and Coachella Valley cities will be holding on efforts to place individuals into housing and boost housing construction throughout the Coachella Valley.

The symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission in Indio, with more information to follow.

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