PRESS RELEASE

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

11/18/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 111820-3
Subject:
Long Beach Acquires Property for Use as Temporary Housing for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
Contact:
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
562.570.NEWS (6397)
jic@longbeach.gov





Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach City Council yesterday voted unanimously to approve the acquisition of a property located at 1725 Long Beach Blvd., which will serve as transitional housing, helping to address a critical gap in the City’s Continuum of Care (CoC) and offering a safe place and supportive services for people who are experiencing homelessness.

“Homelessness continues to be one of our biggest challenges in Long Beach and across the state,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Having access to a safe place and essential needs is critical for all, and this project will provide shelter and support to those who need it. Especially now during this economic and public health crisis.”

The property, which includes 102 units, was formerly operated as a Best Western of Long Beach hotel. It will now be part of the City’s interim housing program, which focuses on helping people transition into permanent housing as quickly as it becomes available. Current interim housing options in Long Beach are often available only to veterans, families and those experiencing domestic violence. This project will fill a crucial gap by offering more pathways to permanent housing.

“This property will increase the City’s ability to provide transitional housing, as well as  services and stability, to our unhoused and precariously housed residents,” said Deputy City Manager Teresa Chandler. 

The site will be temporarily operated by an on-call property management firm, leveraging the Long Beach Multi-Service Center and the CoC to provide individuals with wraparound services, including rapid rehousing, health services, mental health and substance use treatment and employment training. A competitive request for proposals will be issued for ongoing site management and supportive services from local providers with experience in operating housing programs focused on supporting individuals experiencing homelessness with multiple needs. 

“We must commit to providing resources to our city’s homeless population,” said Councilmember Mary Zendejas. “This property, with its wraparound services, will help provide stability and opportunity for people experiencing homelessness.” 

In September, the City was awarded nearly $16.7 million funding for Project Homekey. This $600 million program in California is designed to purchase and rehabilitate housing, including hotels, motels, vacant apartment buildings and other properties, and convert them into permanent, long-term housing for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. The acquisition of this property has been made possible through this State funding.

These efforts build on the City’s Everyone Home Long Beach Plan to address homelessness in Long Beach 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 become operational as interim housing by mid-February 2021.

Long Beach remains committed to providing equitable opportunities, including safe housing and essential services, for everyone in the community. 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.

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.

About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 480,000 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 and the Port of Long Beach. 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 and bike paths.

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