Three projects in Riverside County will receive $10.5 million in homeless relief funds from the state, under a program that requires recipients to acquire, rehab or construct transitional housing for people living on the streets.

According to the county Executive Office, the governor’s office informed local officials on Monday the “Homekey” money would be allocated to two projects in the eastern county region, and one in Riverside.

The first project involves utilizing the Ivy Palms lodge in Palm Springs for transitional housing, another entails expanding and improving the Mountain View Estates Mobile Home Park in Oasis for migrant farmworkers and their families, and the final one is to secure a 52-bed dormitory in Riverside for LGBTQ youth infected with HIV/AIDS.

“These new housing units will provide essential housing to some of our most disadvantaged residents,” Supervisor Karen Spiegel said. “Housing is essential to creating healthier, safer and more secure communities, and the county continues to find ways to provide that essential housing to people struggling with homelessness.”

Homekey is administered by the California Department of Housing and Community Development, which announced earlier this month that Lake Elsinore had been granted $3.14 million to cover the cost of procuring and renovating an abandoned hotel to establish 14 transitional housing units that can provide accommodations for a maximum 28 individuals.

Officials said the goal is to end the municipality’s chronic homelessness within the next two years.

Homekey was rolled out in July, with $600 million set aside under the 2020-21 fiscal year budget. Roughly 90% of the money originated from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security Act distribution to the state, according to the governor’s office.

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