Community Invited to Celebrate at Harrison Shelter Grand Opening
Every January, jurisdictions nationwide participate in the Point in Time Count of the Homeless (PIT Count). At the May 9th Riverside County Board of Supervisors meeting, the results of the 2023 count of the homeless were released. The City of Corona is pleased to announce a 60.1% percentage reduction in unsheltered homelessness since the launch of Corona’s Homeless Strategic Plan.
A Systems-Oriented Approach that Works.
The City of Corona developed a transformational system of services including homeless prevention, outreach and engagement, emergency shelter, supportive services, and permanent supportive housing. Taking an A to Z approach to address the complex issue of homelessness achieves effective results!
In 2019, the annual homeless count identified 164 unsheltered homeless in the City of Corona. Since the Homeless Plan was launched in June of 2020, 99 homeless residents have been connected to shelter, services, and housing. While we have achieved a 60% reduction, our work is not finished as there are still 65 unsheltered homeless residents on our streets.
Corona Harrison Shelter/Navigation Center Grand Opening Ceremony on May 31st
As part of the homeless system of services, Corona’s City Council approved an investment of $3 million to renovate the Harrison Shelter/Navigation Center. In December 2022, Corona’s City Council approved a partnership with Mercy House Living Centers to operate the City’s homeless system of services. Mercy House will operate the shelter/navigation center’s daily operations. The center is pet friendly with an onsite clinic that will provide medical care, mental health and substance use treatment, oral care, post hospital recuperative care, as well as meals, emergency shelter, wrap-around services, and permanent housing resources. Mercy House will also operate the City’s 12 units of supportive housing, a tenant-based rental assistance program, and a transportation/meal services program for day services.
We invite the community to attend the Harrison Shelter/Navigation Center Grand Opening Celebration on Wednesday, May 31st, beginning at 1 p.m. The Harrison Shelter is located at 420 W. Harrison Street in Corona. To RSVP, click here!
Be a Part of the Solution
To learn about our Homeless Solutions, please visit our webpage at www.TheRoadHome.CoronaCA.gov or email HomelessSolutions@CoronaCA.gov.
About the PIT Count: The PIT Count is federally mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to count and survey the homeless population in cities and counties throughout the nation. Data collected during the count reflects Riverside County’s homeless population at one particular point-in-time and is required to continue receiving federal funding for homeless assistance programs, to develop strategies to end homelessness, and help homeless individuals and families who are in need. The County of Riverside, in collaboration with UC Riverside, cities, nonprofits, volunteers, and other stakeholders work together to plan and participate in the annual count and survey of the homeless. Click here for Riverside County’s Results of the 2023 Annual Count of the Homeless.
About the City of Corona: Corona is a vibrant, culturally diverse community located in the heart of Southern California at the junction of the 91 and 15 freeways with a population of more than 170,000 residents. For more information regarding the City of Corona, visit www.CoronaCA.gov.