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Civil Rights Institute, Fair Housing Offices, and Affordable Housing Project Underway


Viritual Groundbreaking Inland Civil Rights Southern CaliforniaA virtual groundbreaking is taking place on the internet for a new multi-use project that will serve several major community needs in the inland region. Attending, via video message, are State Senator Richard Roth; Assembly Members José Medina, Sabrina Cervantes, and Eloise Reyes; Riverside County Supervisor Karen Spiegel; and Riverside Councilmember Mike Gardner.

Mission Heritage Plaza: 72 units of affordable housing, new offices for the Fair Housing Council of Riverside County and the Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California, got underway with the demolition of the existing building at the project site on Mission Inn Avenue and Fairmount in Riverside. The project developer, Wakeland Housing & Development Corporation sponsored the online event.

“We decided to spare everyone the gold shovels and bad coffee,” explained Civil Rights Institute Board President Ron Loveridge. “But we did want to give local officials a chance to celebrate the project with the public.” The Civil Rights Institute reached out to several members of the California legislature and local entities and asked them record messages to accompany a very short film of the building demolition and site clearing.

“I am thrilled that so many of our legislators agreed to participate,” stated Rose Mayes, Civil Rights Institute Vice President and Executive Director at Fair Housing. “The Civil Rights Institute will serve the entire region, and our legislators are helping us show the reach of this effort.