FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 031016
Long Beach Continuum of Care Receives $6.2 Million Federal Grant Award to Address Homelessness
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded the Long Beach Continuum of Care (CoC) $6.2 million to provide services to homeless individuals and families. The CoC is led by the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services.
“These competitive grant awards represent the confidence of our federal partners, as well as our commitment to addressing homelessness in a coordinated and targeted effort,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Long Beach Continuum of Care partners continue to leverage their resources and strengthen their efforts to connect people with services and housing.”
The grant will fund 19 CoC projects, including 740 beds available for emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent supportive housing for households experiencing homelessness in Long Beach. The funding period is from July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016.
The Long Beach CoC also retains its status as a Unified Funding Agency (UFA), which allows the CoC to make changes to its funding allocation across projects to better address the local needs of the community.
“The renewed funding of the Long Beach Continuum of Care Grant and continued UFA status allows us the necessary flexibility to tailor programs and services to the special needs of our Long Beach constituency,” said Kelly Colopy, Director of Health and Human Services.
Additional HUD grant funding awards will be announced later in the spring.
The Long Beach CoC consists of 12 agencies that provide emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent housing and supportive services to people experiencing homelessness. Linkages to these services are coordinated through the Multi-Service Center (MSC), which operates as the Continuum’s coordinated entry system providing intake and assessment. The MSC, located at 1301 W. 12th Street in Long Beach, averages 18,000 client visits annually, making it the primary point of entry for men, women, and families seeking assistance throughout the City.
If you require assistance or have questions regarding homeless services, please contact the Multi-Service Center at 562.570.4500.