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City Council Approves $9.5 Million Purchase for Year-Round Shelter

Release Date: 2019-02-06

By Jason Ruiz

Long Beach plans to open a year-round homeless shelter in 2020 after leaders agreed Tuesday night to purchase land in North Long Beach for $9.5 million.

Mayor Robert Garcia called the vote a huge step forward toward addressing an issue that has not only gripped the city, but the state as a whole as the number of people living on the streets has swelled in recent years.

Garcia thanked the state in providing nearly all of the funding the purchase of the property—the city will contribute $1.5 million of the cost—and he thanked the neighborhood for not rejecting it.

“What I’ve seen from the North Long Beach neighbors and the community has honestly been so moving and so touching to see how you all stepped forward and embraced what will be a campus that is going to be there to help people and those people in our community that need our help,” Garcia said.

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