LB Humanitarian Effort

Long Beach Humanitarian Family Reunification Efforts

Thank you for visiting the humanitarian family reunification and migrant children relief webpage.

Here you will find information on donations and other ways to get involved in Long Beach’s efforts to support the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with their work to temporarily house and quickly reconnect unaccompanied minors who have been arriving at our southern border.


The City of Long Beach was recently asked to assist HHS with their work to temporarily house and quickly reconnect unaccompanied minors who have been arriving at our southern border. On April 6, 2021, the Long Beach City Council voted to allow the City Manager to negotiate a partnership agreement with HHS. 

While the effort is being fully led and funded by the federal government, the City will focus on assisting HHS and the federal government in welcoming the children and supporting them during the reunification process. As part of this partnership agreement, a temporary shelter will be set up at the Long Beach Convention Center with the main priority being the care and well-being of the children during the reunification process prior to August 2, 2021.

The shelter will not impact COVID-19 vaccination clinic operations currently underway at the Long Beach Convention Center and costs for the operation and use of the HHS shelter are being provided by the federal government. The City will work with HHS to develop a communications plan to keep the public informed on the status of the operations.

Currently, there are several emergency shelters operating in several states, including California (San Diego), Colorado, Texas and Washington.

How you can help

At this time, the easiest and quickest way that the community and local organizations and businesses can support this effort is by providing a monetary donation. The Long Beach Community Foundation has launched the Migrant Children Support Fund to accept monetary donations from community members, local organizations and businesses. All donations are designated specifically to provide assistance and supportive resources related to the migrant children humanitarian effort in Long Beach. Resources provided through these donations are intended to make the children more comfortable during their stay in Long Beach and during the reunification process. All monetary donations to this fund are tax-deductible.

Examples of the use of funds include, but are not limited to: grants to organizations that will provide educational and play items for the children during their stay in Long Beach, and gift cards to assist the children as they are reunited with their families. Uses of these charitable funds will be updated as the needs arise during the children’s stay in Long Beach.

Donations can be made online, or by mailing a check to the Long Beach Community Foundation at 400 Oceangate, Suite 800, Long Beach, CA 90802. Check donations should include “Migrant Children Support Fund” in the memo section of the check.

Long Beach Launches Book and Toy Donation Drive for Arriving Migrant Children

Are you an organization, nonprofit, business or individual looking to support this effort? The best way to help is by providing a monetary donation. Organizations, nonprofits and businesses interested in providing complimentary services at the HHS shelter should complete an interest form, which will be submitted to HHS for review and consideration. Examples of services include:

  • Food/meal services
  • Education
  • Recreation
  • Mental Health
  • Entertainment
  • Family reunification
  • Child supervision
  • Legal services
  • Religious services
  • Language translation
  • Case management
  • HHS shelter set up assistance
  • Health care

Are you an individual who would like to volunteer your personal time in some capacity? People interested in volunteering should submit a volunteer interest form with their name and contact information and HHS may be in contact. Volunteers may be utilized for a number of activities and services, which will be headed by HHS. Additional information on these opportunities will be provided at a later date.

All volunteers will have to undergo a comprehensive background check via a Department of Justice (DOJ) Live Scan, at a level that allows interaction with minors. All volunteers will be screened and selected by HHS. HHS may also have additional requirements that must be met for volunteers. Individuals may also start supporting by contributing a monetary donation to the Migrant Children Support Fund.

Information on how to become a HHS sponsor is available on the HHS Sponsors and Placement webpage.

Questions may be submitted to

Other Resources

4.22.21 - Humanitarian Family Reunification Efforts FAQ
- City of Long Beach press release announcing Long Beach City Council approves negotiations to begin U.S. Department of Health and Human Services use of Convention Center for humanitarian effort
 - Frequently asked questions for the Long Beach plan
4.6.21 - Mayor's Office press release on community leaders expressing support for migrant children relief efforts
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Unaccompanied Children FAQs

Contracts Related to Long Beach Humanitarian Family Reunification Efforts
For transparency, the City is providing the contract between the building operator ASM and the Convention Center, as well as the City’s contract amendment to allow for this use with ASM.  It is important to note that the funds paid to the Convention Center go to offset the costs of the building operator ASM, pay building rent, and procure services from a number of subcontractors who are needed to provide the requested services at the site.  The money does not go to the City’s General Fund.  Direct City costs have been negotiated and will be offset by the federal government under the agreement, as well as some indirect costs for the City to ensure the contract is being adhered to.   Some sensitive security information like site map and security staffing were redacted and cannot be provided for the safety of the children.