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3 City Shelters for People Experiencing Homelessness

Release Date: 2020-03-27

We have opened a new temporary housing shelter at Silverado Park, located at 1545 W. 31st St., to provide additional temporary housing to persons experiencing homelessness in the City during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This expands on the shelter capacity that is growing at our North Long Beach location and our Hayes Ave. location West of Downtown.

The 24/7 Silverado shelter will house approximately 50 people in the main room, with appropriate social distancing space between each cot, and seven additional people in a separate isolation room to be used as needed.

A mandatory health screening will be provided to all people prior to entry into the shelter, and people will be encouraged to follow the shelter in place model to maximize safety for shelter residents. In order to receive services, individuals must utilize one of the three shuttle services to the shelter and can be picked up by provided transportation at: 14th Street Park, Bixby Park and the Multi-Service Center. Walk-ups are not permitted.

The Silverado Park shelter will offer triage assessments, meals, snacks, recreation with social distancing and additional social service resources as needed.

Funding for the shelters is provided by the State of California’s emergency aid to local governments, issued by Governor Newsom specifically to protect Californians experiencing homelessness.

Additionally, the Winter Shelter will move from its current location at 1718 Hayes Ave. to a larger facility at the old North Long Beach Library, located at 5571 Orange Ave., to comply with social distancing.

The new location will provide shelter to 80 additional people who otherwise would not have shelter during this time.

Once the Winter Shelter is fully moved to its new location, the existing facility at Hayes will be transitioned into another temporary shelter location operated by the City of Long Beach and will provide shelter to approximately 60 to 70 additional people.

Other locations, including motels and other public spaces in the City, are also being explored as possible temporary shelter locations in an extensive effort to provide as much shelter to those in need as possible.

For more information about shelter operations, call (562) 570-9328.