Mayor's Fund to End Homelessness
Our Vision: the experience of homelessness in Long Beach is rare and brief, when it occurs.
The City of Long Beach implements a multi-faceted strategy toward ending homelessness in the city. This community-wide coordinated effort encompasses everything from housing individuals and families experiencing homelessness, to providing transportation services, access to medical care, mental health services, substance use treatment and more. Partners currently involved in this effort include the Department of Health and Human Services Homeless Services Division (HSD), the Multi-Service Center, the City’s Street Outreach Network, and the City’s Interdepartmental Team.
It takes everyone in our community to make a difference. Join us today and help put an end to homelessness in Long Beach! You can make a donation of any size below.
Donations can be made by check or credit card. All donations are tax-deductible.
These are some of the ways your contribution can make a big impact.
More details on existing City homeless services and ongoing efforts are available below:
The Department of Health and Human Services Homeless Services Division leads the Long Beach Continuum of Care (CoC), which is a community-wide coordinated effort of city and nonprofit social service providers working to end homelessness. The goal of the CoC is to quickly house individuals and families experiencing homelessness while minimizing trauma and dislocation.
Multi-Service Center (MSC) is the primary entrance point for homeless services citywide. The MSC provides shower facilities, mail center, street outreach, transportation services, access to medical care, mental health services, substance use treatment, HIV/AIDS support services, integrated case management, and housing coordination. The MSC provided services to over 16,000 contacts annually.
The City’s Street Outreach Network is a multi-disciplinary team that includes Homeless Services, Police Quality of Life Units, Fire’s HEART Paramedic team, social service providers, and business improvement district partners working together to outreach and engage people experiencing homeless. The Network works to provide permanent housing for people living in places not meant for human habitation. Services are voluntary, and it can take many contacts before someone is ready to accept services. It takes an average of 17 contacts per individual. More than 2000 people will be reached by street outreach workers in 2018.
The City’s Interdepartmental Team includes Police, Fire, Parks, Recreation & Marine, Public Works, City Attorney, and Library Services. Together, these departments work closely to address homelessness and its impacts in the city. The coordination also includes county, private and public entities, which expand responses to street homelessness and has established a best practice model for addressing homelessness.
In the past year, over 1,035 individuals and families received permanent housing.Donating can change the lives of those in need. Every penny counts!