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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 100720-2
City Announces Request for Proposals for Community Support Services
Community-Based Nonprofit or For-Profit Organizations Asked to Submit Applications by Oct. 18
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is seeking proposals for nonprofit community-based organizations and for-profit organizations to contract with the City to provide resources and services to communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The City will be issuing a total of $1,445,000 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to select organizations.
“Nonprofit organizations have delivered food, provided translation services and helped so many in our communities meet basic needs during this pandemic,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The CARES Act funding we received from Governor Newsom over the summer will help continue this important work.”
Eligible organizations may apply for funding to provide direct services to communities in need, including low-income communities, communities of color and older adults, through the City of Long Beach’s Vendor Portal, PlanetBids, by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18.
The City received $40 million in CARES Act funding to support relief and community recovery and resiliency. Last month, the Long Beach City Council allocated CARES Act funds to support a number of important community activities and programs, including:
Nonprofit relief and direct services
Mental health and domestic violence efforts
Basic needs services
Older adult services
The project scopes related to each of the four areas are described below. Multiple contracts will be awarded for each.
Nonprofit Relief and Direct Services COVID-19 has disproportionately affected Black and Latinx residents and has significantly affected other communities of color in Long Beach. While African Americans make up 12% of the Long Beach population, they make up 16% of those who have died from COVID-19 in Long Beach. More than 45% of those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 are Latinx. And more than 125,000 (nearly 27%) Long Beach residents are immigrants, many of whom may be reluctant to seek testing or care for COVID-19. The City seeks to partner with nonprofit organizations which engage these audiences and provide direct services. Nonprofit agencies that serve populations at the intersection of race/ethnicity and gender, ability status and age are encouraged to apply.
Mental Health and Domestic Violence Efforts COVID-19 has exacerbated conditions for people already living with a mental health diagnosis; many Long Beach residents struggle with uncertainty, trauma and anxiety. Moreover, COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted families experiencing domestic violence. The stressors that have accompanied COVID-19 have resulted in a 15% increase in calls to the Long Beach Police Department to respond to violence in the home. The City seeks to partner with agencies that provide services to survivors of domestic abuse to improve access to mental health counseling, emergency housing vouchers and assistance with sheltering for victims or survivors of domestic/interpersonal violence. Nonprofit organizations that provide referrals to such agencies also are eligible to apply. Basic Needs Services The City is interested in expanding the Older Adult Resource Line (option 5 for people calling 562.570.INFO) into a citywide resource line. The overarching objective of the Long Beach Resource Line is to ensure that Long Beach residents who have been impacted by COVID-19, especially those residing in communities most impacted by the virus, have opportunities to get connected to the support services and resources needed to maintain their health and wellbeing during the pandemic. The City seeks to collaborate with nonprofit service partners to expand the Older Adult line into a resource line to connect COVID-19-impacted residents of any age to the resources they need. Selected organizations will provide case navigation, call support on the Long Beach Resource Line and provide case management to callers who have complex needs. Older Adult Services The City allocated funds to ensure that older adults have the support services and tools needed to maintain their health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible organizations are encouraged to apply to multiple areas as it aligns with their existing work and capacity. Scope areas include: increasing access to in-home cooling supports to withstand extreme heat; conducting community outreach and education; and providing programming and services to reduce social isolation or loneliness. Proposals must specifically serve older adults aged 60 and over in Long Beach. Details related to scope areas, eligibility requirements and submission instructions are available at PlanetBids. The Health and Human Services Department continues to develop strategies to support segments of the community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and will release additional requests for proposals funded by CARES Act dollars to further those efforts. For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep its residents safe, visit longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.