Mission Heritage Plaza, a local housing community in Riverside, is offering six two- and three-bedroom units to veterans. The units were initially reserved for dishonorably discharged vets, but no eligible candidates have been identified. As a result, the vacancies are now open to all veteran families. Three units are available for veteran families who have joined the Section 8 waitlist through the Housing Authority of Riverside County, while the other three are open for vets who have received referrals from Riverside County’s Coordinated Entry System.
Eligible Riverside applicants must earn between 30 and 45 percent of the area’s median income. The facility offers veterans an array of amenities, including:
- On-site laundry
- Free common area Wi-Fi
- A courtyard with BBQ
- Community room
- 24/7 security monitoring
- Pet-friendly accommodation
To apply, interested families can submit their application online, which will be evaluated based on income and eligibility requirements.
Supporting Our Heroes: Innovative Solutions to End Veteran Homelessness in Riverside
Veteran homelessness is a major problem in Riverside, California, and unfortunately, many of these veterans also suffer from mental illness. The stress of military service, combat exposure, and other traumatic experiences can lead to mental health issues such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety. The Riverside County Department of Public Social Services reports that a significant number of homeless veterans in the county have a mental health diagnosis. The lack of access to mental health services and affordable housing further exacerbates this problem.
Fortunately, there are organizations such as the Riverside Vet Center and the Riverside County Department of Mental Health that offer resources and services to help veterans struggling with mental illness and homelessness. However, much more needs to be done to address this issue and ensure that all veterans have access to the support and resources they need to live healthy and fulfilling lives.