Starting Thursday (Dec. 1), 72 additional shelter beds for homeless adults will open in Riverside to help those who are living in their cars or on the streets come in from the cold and rain during the winter season. The additional beds will be available daily through April 15 and will increase the number of shelter beds in the City of Riverside from the current 64 beds to 136 beds.
The temporary shelter beds will be available at the Path of Life Ministries¿ Homeless Shelter at 2840 Hulen Place in Riverside as part of the Emergency Cold Weather Shelter Program, jointly funded by the County and City of Riverside. The emergency beds will be available at 4:30 p.m., seven days a week through April 15, regardless of the weather. Beds are given on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition to a safe and warm place to sleep, shelter guests are offered an evening hot meal, breakfast in the morning, and shower facilities. Additional referrals to and assistance from community resources also will be available.
Path of Life Ministries also operates a 50-bed family shelter and offers case management services to assist with basic needs.
A point-in-time homeless count conducted in January by the County of Riverside Department of Public Social Services revealed that on any given night, there are about 6,203 homeless people living in Riverside County.
For more information about the Emergency Cold Weather Shelter Program, please call Path of Life Ministries at (951) 683-4101.