Menifee is not afraid of the homeless

In response to the Rev. Bill Freeman’s editorial of Nov. 10, regarding Menifee’s “Homelessophobia,” grass root organizations, municipalities, counties, states and the federal government offer any number of assistance programs for both the temporarily displaced and the monetarily challenged population. Causes of such turmoil range from uncontrolled natural disasters, such as flood, drought, fire and […]

To help the homeless, it takes a village

In the more than eight years I’ve lived in Southwest Riverside County, the one thing I don’t doubt about this area is that the people here want to help others who have fallen on hard times. People always come out to city council meetings when there’s a new policy or ordinance enacted regarding homelessness, because […]

Community forum looks at comprehensive approach to homelessness

Community forum looks at comprehensive approach to homelessness

Roughly 200 people gathered at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater Nov. 13 for a panel on homelessness that included city officials, law enforcement officers and religious leaders. The event, moderated by Rancho Community Church pastor Scott Treadway, gave officials a chance to talk about the homeless situation in Southwest Riverside County and what they […]

‘Homelessophobia’ takes over Menifee

Bill Freeman Special to Valley News A few years ago I went to get my driver’s license renewed. It was my day off, so I might have looked kind of grubby or like a homeless person, because the woman behind the counter asked me questions I’d never been asked before when getting my license renewed. […]

Lake Elsinore Coalition tackles homelessness in the city

Lake Elsinore Coalition tackles homelessness in the city

A full house of attendees flocked to the Lake Elsinore Cultural Arts Center Nov. 2 for a frank discussion on homelessness in the city. The inaugural Homeless Outreach Community Coalition meeting featured city leaders, county officials, nonprofit groups, church leaders and interested residents, who discussed the ongoing problem in the city and what could be […]

Temecula introduces ordinance aimed at issues associated with homelessness

Temecula introduces ordinance aimed at issues associated with homelessness

The Temecula City Council on Tuesday night, Oct. 24, made moves to further tighten restrictions against solicitation and homeless encampments with the introduction of an ordinance and the adoption of an administrative procedure. The proposed ordinance adds public restrooms to places where people are disallowed from soliciting. The list already includes ATMs and banks, parking […]

Desert Hills Memory Care residents volunteer at Valley Restart Shelter

HEMET – Desert Hills Memory Care, located at 25818 Columbia Street in Hemet, is giving back to the community in the Hemet San Jacinto Valley. Residents and associates from Desert Hills volunteered at Valley Restart Shelter Thursday, Sept. 21, on the first of several service days the community will be spending at VRS. Valley Restart […]

Menifee City Council forwards panhandling ordinance

Menifee City Council forwards panhandling ordinance

In response to increasing resident complaints of aggressive solicitations by a growing homeless population in the city the Menifee, the city council passed the first reading of an ordinance May 3, prohibiting certain forms of solicitation. The proposed ordinance was introduced at the last city council meeting in April but sent back to staff for […]

Temecula council tackles panhandling as concerns escalate over homelessness

Temecula council tackles panhandling as concerns escalate over homelessness

  Tougher rules governing panhandling and loitering were recently approved by Temecula’s council as a way to curb the impacts of homelessness. That action – along with stepped-up work by an alliance of agencies and local governments – heightened the city’s focus on what it calls a “pressing regional concern.” The problem of aggressive panhandling […]