The Riverside city council is in a difficult position because it has not yet decided whether it will continue to provide apartment therapy for the city’s homeless.
A proposal to move forward with the program was submitted to the council on Friday by the Riverside Area Coalition to End Homelessness.
According to the coalition, Riverside has about 200 apartments with the number expected to increase as more residents move in.
The Riverside council has a legal obligation to keep its promise to provide shelter for all residents, the coalition said.
The coalition said the city was not providing the apartments because the program would create a conflict with the city code.
The council is still working on the proposal.
In a letter to the Riverside mayor, the council said it has a contract with the Riverside Housing Authority, which is run by the city.
The council said the agreement with the housing authority does not provide any protection for the residents, but that it did not make any representations about the city being able to provide them with adequate housing.
City officials are considering how to respond to the concerns, according to a statement by the coalition.
Residents were given 30 days to respond, or the city would shut down.
Riverside has said it will be able to afford to keep the apartments open and the program continues.
The housing authority has said that the apartments are “underutilized” and “not suitable” for long-term residents.