Homelessness as an issue is bigger than its prejudices.

Homelessness in the U.S.




People in families


Chronically ill




Unaccompanied youths

(That's more than half a million people experiencing homelessness)

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Individuals experiencing homelessness are among the most vulnerable groups in this pandemic. Covid-19 is simply one more on a growing list of problems homeless individuals face, which include chronic diseases, lack of sanitation, malnutrition, etc. Self-quarantining and social distancing are luxuries those in extreme poverty cannot afford. With the current shortage of supplies, they need help now more than ever.

Here at Mustard Seed Project, we believe that no matter how small an action, any act of kindness makes a big difference for those in need. We have compiled a list of shelters and resources in the areas of Riverside and San Diego. Please use them to your benefit as well as distribute them to others.


Homeless workshop

From sexual assault that women face regularly on the streets to people of color experiencing homelessness at a disproportionately high rates, homelessness is a multifaceted issue that requires closer inspection. Cecily Ma, Director of Chapter Programs, discusses in depth these issues in her workshops.

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Basic needs

For those experiencing homelessness, traditionally, basic needs are food and water. However, in a complex society, access to healthcare, insurance, transportation, education, sanitation, personal care items, and communication are just as important. That’s why here at Mustard Seed Project, the main reason for our street outreach program is not to pass out basic necessities, but to create a presence of trust in which we can direct individuals to our Volunteer Service Navigation program. The main goal is to help individuals rise above their situation through rapport and service, with work put in by both the client and service navigator.

Barriers to access



A structural barrier is an obstacle that prevents an eligible person from getting access. Examples of this are the locations of programs, how they are organized, and what they require of applicants.



These barriers are a result of an inadequate amount of resources. This typically is seen in the form of limited funding. These barriers are most often seen in mental health and substance use care.



These are program rules that establish criteria for whom may receive benefits. These restrictions are usually set at the federal level and cannot be influenced locally. These barriers most often affect housing programs

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Race and homelessness

From practices such as redlining, rental discrimination, mass incarceration, and lack of affordable healthcare. These issues and many more play a role in the high poverty rate of the BIPOC population.

Access to healthcare

Over 30 million people in the U.S. are uninsured. Half of this number composes of Black, Latinx, and indigenous communities. The lack of mental and physical healthcare plays a major barrier to escaping homelessness.

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Learn more about homelessness and how we combat it.