County Closes Funding Gap for Palm Springs Homeless Facility to Open This Summer

PALM SPRINGS – Supervisor V. Manuel Perez and his colleagues on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved the final funding piece of the financial puzzle to complete work on the Palm Springs Navigation Campus and open this summer.

The innovative and comprehensive facility will be integral to the region’s efforts to address homelessness, providing 80 interim housing units with full wrap-around services. The Palm Springs Navigation Center will 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 under way.

The project had a $7.5 million funding gap, which will be covered now through the Supervisors’ allocation of $7.5 million of funds the county received through IEHP, the Inland Empire Health Plan.

The Palm Springs Navigation Campus is a solution-oriented approach for addressing homelessness in the Coachella Valley. The campus is being developed by the City of Palm Springs, in partnership with Riverside County. The campus will provide housing and comprehensive services.

“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 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.”

To date, more than $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 1st 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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