PRESS RELEASE

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

11/18/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 111820-2
Subject:
City Council Approves Contract for 2020-2021 Winter Shelter
Contact:
Teresa Chandler
Deputy City Manager
562.570.5116
Teresa.Chandler@longbeach.gov




Yesterday, the Long Beach City Council approved an agreement that allows Volunteers of America Los Angeles to operate a temporary shelter from Oct. 1, 2020, through April 1, 2021, at 5571 Orange Ave., a City-owned property. This agreement formalizes the informal agreement that allowed the shelter to open earlier than usual, due to the County's shelter crisis and the ongoing public health emergency. The program is funded by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA).

The Long Beach Winter Shelter shields people experiencing homelessness from cold weather and provides shelter, food and safety during the coldest time of the year. Shelter participants can only access the Winter Shelter via the Winter Shelter bus, which will make daily pick-ups at the Long Beach Multi-Service Center (1301 W. 12th St.). The pick up provisions have changed from previous years due to the public health crisis, as participants are encouraged to shelter in place and should only leave the shelter as necessary. 

The Winter Shelter will be open daily through March 31, 2021, with the option to extend through Nov. 1, 2021, if needed. For more information, people can call Volunteers of America Los Angeles at (213) 389-1500 or the Multi-Service Center at (562) 570-4500. Other local year-round shelters in Long Beach include the Samaritan House and Lydia House, operated by the Long Beach Rescue Mission, and Project Achieve and Elizabeth Anne Seton Residence, operated by Catholic Charities of Los Angeles. 

Last month, the City unveiled the new Atlantic Farms Bridge Housing Community, a year-round community that helps match people to housing options as they become available, with supportive services to help individuals move into permanent housing as quickly as possible. The City also has one Project Home Key location currently in operation and a 102 room Project Home Key transitional housing location that is due to open in February 2021. All mentioned opportunities can be accessed through the Multi-Service Center. 

Throughout the year, staff from the City of Long Beach Health and Human Services Department’s Homeless Services Division and its community partners canvass Long Beach daily, engaging people who are experiencing homelessness and offering emergency shelter, transportation, access to service providers and opportunities for housing. The City also leads the Long Beach Continuum of Care (CoC), which collaborates with multiple partners, including business and neighborhood associations, nonprofit and faith-based agencies, and medical and educational institutions to proactively address homelessness.

Long Beach remains committed to providing equitable opportunities, including safe housing and essential services, for everyone in the community. Over the past five years, Long Beach has housed more than 5,000 individuals experiencing homelessness, with an average of 1,000 individuals annually. 

For information on the City’s homeless services, visit longbeach.gov/health. If you or someone you know is currently experiencing homelessness, please contact the Multi-Service Center at 562.570.4500.

Media inquiries can be addressed to Teresa Chandler, Deputy City Manager, 562.570.5116, Teresa.Chandler@longbeach.gov.

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