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Longest night of the year brings permanent home to 25 homeless Riverside County families

By in Press Enterprise on December 21, 2017

By Ryan Hagen

Twenty-five homeless families in Riverside County received a permanent home Thursday, Dec. 21, as part of National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day.

The memorial has been marked every year since 1990 on the first day of winter, which is the longest night of the year.

The county’s Housing Authority focused on homeless families with children that were living in emergency shelters. It also partnered with the city of Riverside’s Homeless Outreach Team to house chronically homeless individuals currently sleeping on the streets.

“This is a small targeted housing effort. But, it brings attention to the fact that what is truly needed to combat homelessness is affordable housing,” Tanya Torno, Homeless Program Manager for the Housing Authority of the County of Riverside, said in a news release. “I can’t think of a better way memorialize this day than to provide housing.”

In 2017, the Housing Authority provided permanent housing to 389 households, according to a news release.

The housing provided Thursday is spread throughout the county, according to spokeswoman Jacquelyn Singh.

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