Grant to Help Coachella Valley Find Solutions to Housing Affordability Crisis
RIVERSIDE – Riverside County has received a grant to fund a strategic effort to ease the burden of housing costs on Coachella Valley families.
Nearly 55 percent of Coachella Valley rental households are considered “rent-burdened,” paying over 30 percent of income on rent. The 30 percent threshold is widely recognized as a crucial tipping point after which residents lack enough money for food, energy, education and healthcare expenses.
Riverside County, in partnership with the nonprofit organization Lift To Rise, has secured an opportunity to address this regional issue through the support of a $200,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which was accepted by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
“Housing costs are affecting family budgets disproportionately, causing many to struggle to afford other costs of living,” said Supervisor V. Manuel Perez. “The goal of this collaboration is to produce more housing that is affordable to improve life for families, employers and the entire community. I am optimistic and encouraged that our region can change the paradigm and be a model for the nation.”
Over the last four years, Riverside County agencies and Lift To Rise have organized to tackle root causes driving struggle and poverty.
Lift To Rise submitted a grant application to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to enroll the Coachella Valley collaboration as part of a learning community with the Center for Community Investment. The opportunity will help partners develop a strategy to address the housing affordability crisis and leverage and secure resources to advance this critical work.
Of nearly 100 applicants, the Coachella Valley’s Lift To Rise collaboration was one of six regional collaborations in the nation to be selected for this grant.
The Lift To Rise partnership seeks to address the deficit supply of housing that is affordable and focus on strategies to produce more housing units in the valley. Riverside County and Lift To Rise have set a goal of 9,881 new units by 2028 that, if attained, will cut the proportion of rent burdened residents by one third.
The grant award will cover the project work for two years.
County housing and Lift To Rise staff members will participate in a learning community with the five other grant awardees in Baltimore July 23 25.