Display of emergency homeless housing planned for later this month

Advocates from a pair of non-profit organizations plan to show the community possible temporary homeless shelters at an event on Friday, April 23.

Well in the Desert, which operates a cooling center and provides meals and clothing to those experiencing homelessness in Palm Springs, and Martha’s Village & Kitchen, an Indio-based organization providing similar services, will showcase shelters made by Pallet at the event from 4:30 PM-7 PM at Hot Purple Energy, 810 N. Farrell Dr. in Palm Springs.

“The Well and Martha’s Village and Kitchen are doing everything we can to help the City of Palm Springs find a real solution to help handle the problem of homelessness,” Well in the Desert wrote on its Facebook page April 6.  “We think we have a very valid idea that can do a lot of good for everyone in the community.”

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The influx of homeless into the south end of the city has been a topic of increased discussion among business owners and citizens lately after Police Chief Bryan Reyes told city officials of a Riverside County program that results in the release of prisoners to a Palm Springs hotel for the purposes of quarantining from COVID after serving sentences in Banning.

Organizers of the April 23 presentation plan to have live music, beverages and appetizers for the public.

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PINBALL MUSEUM: The Planning Commission is expected to approve plans for a pinball museum currently located in Banning to move into the Desert Sun building (750 N Gene Autry Dr.) tonight during its regular meeting that starts at 5:30 PM. The agenda for the meeting, as well as information on how to participate via Zoom, can be found here.

SCHOOL DISTRICT PROMOTION: The Board of Education named Palm Springs Unified School District Director of Elementary Education Dr. Simone Kovats as the District’s new Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, effective May 1. Dr. Kovats earned a bachelors in sociology from Cal State Los Angeles; a masters in elementary education from Loyola Marymount University; and a doctorate in K-12 leadership from USC. She joined PSUSD in 2009 as Principal of Della S. Lindley Elementary before assuming her current post in 2017.


  • Modernism Week, including many in-person experiences, takes place through Sunday, April 18. Tickets for in-person events can be found here, although many are sold out.
  • Desert X art installations are on display throughout the Coachella Valley, including several within the Palm Springs city limits. The free event runs through May 16. A map of the installations can be found here. Some require reservations to view.
  • Vaccines are now available to anyone 16 and older in Riverside County. If you qualify, you can get one at the Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 North Avenida Caballeros, from 8 AM-5 PM today, and all week through Friday. Appointments can be reserved online at www.rivcoph.org/COVID-19-Vaccine. No luck at the convention center? Find a list of community providers such as pharmacies here.


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