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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 112020
City of Long Beach Wins American Public Works Association Award for Atlantic Farms Bridge Housing Community
Community Relations Officer
Public Works Department
The City of Long Beach Public Works Department (Public Works) has received an American Public Works Association (APWA) Building Excellence Shaping Tomorrow (B.E.S.T.) Award in the Creative and Innovation category for the Atlantic Farms Bridge Housing Community project. Located at 6841-6845 Atlantic Ave. in North Long Beach, ABC was developed to help address a critical gap in the City’s Continuum of Care and offer a safe place and supportive resources for individuals experiencing homelessness. “It’s an honor for Long Beach to be recognized for our work at the Atlantic Avenue Bridge Community, which provides important resources to individuals experiencing homelessness,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The current health and economic crisis has impacted so many residents in our community and made Public Works’ efforts on this project more important than ever. It’s great to see them recognized for such important and innovative work.” In December 2019, the Long Beach City Council approved construction of ABC, a low-barrier facility designed to provide people experiencing homelessness access whenever they are ready for support. Completed last month, the development is the first of a two-phase project on the site that will include a state-of-the-art campus for housing and services and a variety of supportive housing types focused on the specific needs of individuals experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness. The 2.28-acres campus operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-round.
“The ABC facility is the result of collaboration with our community members on ways to curb homelessness in our community, while reversing stigmas related to quality of life across our city,” said Councilmember Rex Richardson. “ I am proud to have worked with Public Works on the development of the facility and am grateful for the recognition from APWA.” Public Works was tasked with meeting an aggressive timeline to design and build the facility within six months to support community members experiencing homelessness and those who may become homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic. This challenging schedule led to the innovative use of over 12,000 square feet of pre-constructed modular buildings and conversion of existing residential and warehouse space on the lot. Additionally, extensive coordination with private and public agencies was required to address site preparation prior to construction.
“Completion of a much-needed facility like ABC is a great accomplishment for not only our team, but also our City,” said Public Works Director Eric Lopez. “I am proud of how Public Works and our partners worked together to overcome the challenges of this project with innovative solutions.” Throughout the pandemic, Long Beach has also set up several temporary shelters to provide a safe haven and serve individuals in need. The City also expanded hours for the Multi-Service Center, which acts as the central hub for serving those who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness and serves nearly 13,000 clients every year. These efforts build on the City’s Everyone Home Long Beach Plan to address homelessness in the city and the Mayor’s Fund to End Homelessness, which was reinvigorated last year to fund service gaps for people experiencing homelessness such as returning people to their families. It is anticipated that the site will be at full capacity by the end of 2020. Over the past five years, Long Beach has housed more than 5,000 individuals experiencing homelessness, with an average of 1,000 individuals annually. About the City of Long Beach Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths and a Bike Share program. For more information about the City of Long Beach, visit http://longbeach.gov/. Follow us on social to keep up with the latest news: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
About Public Works The Long Beach Public Works Department strives to operate, preserve, and enhance the City's physical infrastructure and transportation systems, as well as preserve the upkeep of the cityscape with a robust refuse and recycling service that serves more than 120,000 residential and commercial customers. The Department provides a variety of community services including the repair, rehabilitation and general upkeep of City streets, trees, sidewalks, and City structures. Public Works also provides emergency support services throughout the City. Visit us at http://www.longbeach.gov/pw/, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.