Navigation Center: The State of California awarded Palm Springs and Riverside County $19 million to build and operate the Navigation Campus, a holistic and comprehensive approach to address the city’s and western Coachella Valley’s unhoused residents. More information about the planned facility on McCarthy Road is on this city webpage and in this newspaper story and this TV news report. More city funding was approved on June 29, 2023 to expedite early entry to transitional housing. Because the center won’t open until fall, the City Council decided April 27 to again allow a summer overnight shelter for the homeless June 1 to Sept. 30 in partnership with Martha’s Village and Kitchen at the Access Center on El Cielo. But that facility provides only 20 beds.
CARE Courts: The California Supreme Court in April 2023 rejected a request to block the September 2022 CARE Court law, which aims to steer homeless people with severe mental health and addiction disorders into treatment. See our reaction to the legislation and read this commentary, which says, “What’s dramatically different about CARE Court is its requirement that government actually help the people who are living in inhumane and unhealthy conditions on our streets.”
CPoH hosted a community forum to question city and county officials about what we can do to advance our mission. You can view the recording on our YouTube channel or read a story about it in The Palm Springs Post.
Our core group
Members of our core group take leadership roles based on their talents and interests. They meet regularly in person and online to coordinate who will speak on our behalf, act as liaisons to city agencies and service providers, organize cleanups, and make CPoH a reliable hub of information on the response to homelessness in Palm Springs. Click here if you would like to join.
Our beliefs and mission
We believe all people enduring a period in their lives when they are unhoused or totally without shelter deserve a helping hand. Those people who are most visible on the streets are nearly all suffering with substance abuse, mental health issues, or both. They deserve prompt, humane, coordinated interventions by civic agencies, law enforcement, the judiciary and other professionals to help put them on a path toward personal transformation.
Our mission is to advocate for services and solutions that address the needs of people experiencing homelessness, while improving the civic environment for the common good of the entire Palm Springs community.