Grant funds are helping provide trash and clean water services to individuals experiencing homelessness in the Santa Ana River to provide an immediate improvement in water quality of the river, health of the environment and those living in this stretch of the Santa Ana. Grant funding will support Orange County Coastkeeper’s work with local community partners including Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful, Rivers and Lands Conservancy, and the City of Riverside to implement the program at three sites where encampments are most abundant in Riverside: Van Buren bridge, Market Street bridge, and Mission bridge. All three project locations are within 50 miles of Bloomington, and all of the sites are located directly adjacent to the Santa Ana River and its flood control embankments, allowing for an easily accessible method for people experiencing homelessness to leave bags filled with trash as well as easy pick up and transport for members of the Clean Camp Coalition. In addition to directly benefitting the water quality of the Santa Ana River, the overall goal of this public, private, and government partnership is aimed at truly alleviating the issue of homelessness and its impact on our waterways, and become a model which could be replicated in regions across the country. To achieve this goal, the project will partner with the City of Riverside’s Community and Economic Development Department’s Homelessness Services program and Path of Life Ministries and their resources to help homeless move out of riverside encampments and into affordable housing.
Orange County Coastkeeper
Clean Camp Coalition
California Watershed Protection Fund, 2018
Water Resources/Watershed Protection
Riverside County ; San Bernardino County