Year-Round ShelterRelease Date: 2019-01-28
A year ago at the State of the City I called for the creation of a year-round municipal shelter to support those in Long Beach experiencing homelessness. While we have actively partnered with LA County to open a winter shelter every year, the city needs a year round facility.
I’m very pleased that last week we formally secured a location for a year round shelter in North Long Beach. But it will be more than a shelter, it will be a campus to rebuild lives, connect folks to work, and transition into housing.
This new campus, located on the former site of Atlantic Farms on Atlantic Avenue, is accessible and has the support of much of the North Long Beach Community.
I want to especially thank Councilmember Rex Richardson who has strongly supported this project and will lead efforts to revitalize the site. In fact, he ensured that as part of the project, we purchase and remove the Liquor store on Atlantic and 68th. He is committed to ensuring this project is a win for North Long Beach and the entire city. I can’t thank Councilmember Richardson enough for his leadership and his willingness to step up and do the right thing.
I also want to thank Supervisor Janice Hahn and the County of LA who is partnering with us on the site to ensure a model program. In addition, this project would not have been possible if not for the advocacy of California’s Mayors, who lobbied the State of California for additional funds to address homelessness. We used these funds to purchase the site. And I want to thank our City team who worked tirelessly to acquire the site. It’s wasn’t easy, but they got it done.
I look forward to the final agreement coming to the City Council on February 5th for ratification.
I have been clear that our city’s greatest challenges are homelessness and housing and this project goes a long way to address the needs addressed in our Everyone Home Long Beach Plan. To read our full plan and how we are working to end homelessness, click here.
We all need to do more, and we will.