PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

9/14/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:091418A
Subject:
Long Beach Launches ‘Spare Change Changes Everything’ Campaign to Support Homeless Services
Donation container to address homelessness in the City installed at Long Beach Airport
Contact:
Elsa Ramos
Special Projects Coordinator
Department of Health & Human Services
562.570.4588
Elsa.Ramos@longbeach.gov




The City of Long Beach has launched a program as part of a multi-faceted approach to addressing homelessness. The “Spare Change Changes Everythingcampaign provides an opportunity to passengers to deposit coins and cash into a donation box before proceeding through security screening at the Long Beach Airport. The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) Homeless Services Division will use these donations to provide support to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

“Community members play an important role in the solution to end homelessness in Long Beach.  Thanks to the generosity of travelers, the simple act of dropping in spare change can go a long way to assist others,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.

On any given day, approximately 1,800 people, including men, women, and children, experience homelessness in Long Beach. Donations to the“Spare Change Changes Everything” campaign will provide support directly to individuals and families experiencing homelessness with services such as crisis housing as well as items such as hygiene products, food, and clothing.

“We are partnering with our colleagues at the Long Beach Airport to explore a new way to include Long Beach residents and visitors in addressing homelessness together,” said Kelly Colopy, Director of Health and Human Services.

“Spare change can make a difference to many people in need. A donation box located at Long Beach Airport gives an opportunity for travelers in the region to donate to our local homeless population and serve our neighboring communities,” said Jess L. Romo, Airport Director.

The Health Department leads the Long Beach Continuum of Care, a coordinated system of care that provides funding to twelve nonprofit entities that coordinate and provide a variety of services including emergency, transitional and permanent housing along with supportive services. The Multi-Service Center (MSC), which operates as the Continuum’s coordinated entry hub, coordinates links to these services. The MSC provides and assists with access to shelter services, mainstream benefits, mental health services, medical care, substance use treatment, employment, childcare, veteran benefits, housing, prevention services, access to mail service, and shower facilities.

The MSC has been instrumental in facilitating opportunities for individuals and families experiencing homelessness to achieve housing stability and self-sufficiency. MSC staff work to empower clients by actively engaging them in service planning, building on their strengths, and helping them to achieve their goals. Donations provided by programs like “Spare Change Changes Everything” help fill a much-needed gap in services that existing funding cannot support. The pilot program will run through the end of 2019.

For more information on donation and volunteer opportunities, the public can visit http://www.longbeach.gov/health/services/directory/homeless-services/get-involved/ 

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 480,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services

The mission of the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services is to improve quality of life by promoting a safe and healthy community in which to live, work and play. Long Beach Health is one of only three city-run health departments in California, which allows for better engagement with residents, neighborhoods, businesses and community partners, and fosters a greater understanding of the City's strengths. For more information, visit us at www.longbeach.gov/health, "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

About Long Beach Airport

Founded in 1923 as the first municipally-owned airport in California, Long Beach Airport (LGB) completed a revitalization in 2012 to update its facilities. A new passenger concourse opened to the public and has since garnered extensive praise for its modern design and architecture, local eateries and easygoing travel experience. Recently, Sunset magazine awarded LGB with a Best of 2017 Travel Award. In addition, USA Today and 10Best.com recognized LGB for Best Airport Dining in their Readers Choice poll. LGB offers non-stop service to several U.S. cities while supporting a healthy general aviation community with over 260,000 annual operations. The airport is also a source of substantial economic activity and employment. Long Beach Airport and its tenants generate more than $10 billion and 45,000 jobs in total economic activity to the Long Beach region with an additional $1.1 billion in tax revenue at the federal, state, and local levels. Long Beach Airport prides itself in maintaining a safe, sustainable, and environmentally responsible operation. For more news, pictures, videos and announcements of what's happening, "Like" us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @LBAirport and Instagram @lgbairport.